SMi’s 2nd Annual Conference
Pharmaceutical Microbiology East Coast
April 10th – 11th, 2019 | Boston, USA
The pharmaceutical microbiology industry has seen many changes during the progression into the 21st century. With advances in rapid microbiological methods, revisions being made to regulations in the industry, enhanced knowledge of the human microbiome, and novel testing methods, this industry is ever expanding.

Join industry experts to discuss and analyze the latest advances and challenges within the industry. Network with industry professionals, discuss the revision of Annex 1, explore data integrity considerations for conventional and rapid microbiology methods, analyze arising issues with environmental monitoring and gain insight into an industry perspective on automated endotoxin testing and process automation.


Developing on the success of SMi’s Pharmaceutical Microbiology portfolio, our East Coast event will bring together leaders in the field to discuss the latest developments within pharmaceutical microbiology. Discover how you can keep up with regulatory changes; and maintain the utmost efficiency during production and testing.

At the 2nd Annual Pharmaceutical Microbiology East Coast Conference, you will gain insight into:

  • Design, validation and implementation of a documented and approved disinfectant programme
  • Effective use of environmental monitoring data trending
  • Rapid microbial methods
  • Challenges with endotoxin control
  • Advances in sterility assurance technology
  • Current regulations, challenges and trends in mycoplasma safety testing
  • A "deep dive" case study of atypical, low-level mold contamination

Testimonials from previous attendees:
“All speakers were very knowledgeable and had interesting information.”
“A big thank you to the SMi Group for fantastic service, support, well organised meeting, extreme fast and efficient work!”
“Excelling meeting. Good mix of topics.”

Alkermes; Amgen, Inc; Associates of Cape Cod; Association of Cape Cod, Inc; B.Braun Medical Inc.; Battelle Memorial Institute; bioMerieux; Biomerieux Inc; Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Inc; Brian G. Nadel GMP Consulting, LLC; Charles River; Eli Lilly And Company; Fujirebio Diagnostics Inc; Genentech; ImmuneBiotech AB; Infinity Laboratories; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson & Johnson Trail Development Center; Microbiological Consulting, LLC; Motif bioSciences; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Pfizer; Prolong Pharmaceuticals; Quality Executive Partners Inc.; Sanofi; STERIS Corporation; Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

James  Drinkwater

James Drinkwater, Chairman, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society

9:10 Revision of Annex 1 and the impact on pharmaceutical microbiology control and monitoring

Cheryl Essex

Cheryl Essex, Head of Biologics Microbiological Control, Sanofi
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• Draft update on Annex 1
• Expected impact on pharmaceutical microbiology control and monitoring
• Microbiologist’s role in building Contamination Control Strategy
• Ensuring compliance with new regulations

9:50 Debates and Challenges Concerning Disinfectant Validation and Methods to Circumvent Them

Jim Polarine

Jim Polarine, Senior Technical Service Manager, STERIS Corporation
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• Effective ways to validate disinfectants, sanitizers, and sporicides
• The most common causes for coupon testing failures
• The most current industry methods for conducting coupon testing
• Developing risk assessments for choosing environmental isolates and coupon surfaces
• Current global regulatory guidance on disinfectant validation

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Microbiological Methods: Science and Regulation

David Hussong

David Hussong, Former Associate Director for New Drug Microbiology, FDA
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• Methods evolution
• Detection Methods
• Counting Methods
• Identification Methods
• Standards and Regulation

11:40 Regulations of Endotoxin detection methods: Follow the sample through the process

Veronika Wills

Veronika Wills, Associate Manager of Technical Services, Associates of Cape Cod
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  • Prerequisites for in-house testing
  • Qualifications
  • Sampling and sample management
  • Suitability testing
  • Routine Testing, Trending and OOS
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Using an alternative gene sequence for species-level identification for closely related organisms

    Sunhee Hong

    Sunhee Hong, Senior. Staff Scientist, Charles River

  • An overview of closely related organisms
  • The closely related organisms that are frequently recovered from environmental monitoring programs in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Necessity of using alternative gene sequences for species-level identification in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Evaluation of alternative gene sequence for species-level resolution in Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) and Bacillus cereus group (BCG).


  • 14:00 Environmental monitoring in barrier separation technology: Isolators and RABS

    James  Drinkwater

    James Drinkwater, Chairman, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society

    • Environmental classification, microbiological qualification and monitoring of Filling lines with barrier technology considering new GMP regulations.
    • Contamination control strategies, risk identification and risk assessment to define EM sampling positions and sampling frequency program.
    • Rapid micro methods applied to barrier technology; challenges and new novel approaches

    14:40 Environmental monitoring and critical utility trending

    • Trending Expectations and Best Practices
    • Trends Below Limits “The Proactive Approach” 
    • Cross Functional Team Data Analysis
    • Understanding Impact to Environment, Utility and Process

    Steven A. Wieczorek

    Steven A. Wieczorek, Associate Director, Quality Control Microbiology, Sanofi
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    Steven A. Wieczorek

    Steven A. Wieczorek, Associate Director, Quality Control Microbiology, Sanofi
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    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Signal Intensity – An Integrated Approach to EM Data Trending

    Austin Kuo

    Austin Kuo, Principal Research Scientist, Sterility Assurance, Eli Lilly And Company
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    • The challenges of interpreting and trending environmental monitoring  (EM) data
    • Overcoming the limitations of microbiological data generated via traditional culturing methodologies
    • Holistic analysis and trending of EM data utilizing a novel integrated approach

    16:30 What should a biotechnology company know about microbiology?

    Tony Cundell

    Tony Cundell, Principal Consultant, Microbiological Consulting, LLC
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    • Emerging biopharmaceutical companies responsible for a high percentage of biopharmaceutical product launches
    • Challenges for emerging biotechnology companies in taking products through discovery to the market place
    • Lack of microbiological expertise and dependence on CRO’s to provide these essential services
    • Overview of the areas of microbiology that are critical in the development of product dependent on recombinant DNA technologies, cell and gene therapies, RNA interference and human microbiome modification
    • Emphasis on clinical trial phase-appropriate solutions

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James  Drinkwater

    James Drinkwater, Chairman, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences Society

    9:10 Rapid microbial methods – a case study of implementation

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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  •  The implementation of rapid methods in practice, how best to adopt these new methods and keep up with developments
  •  Validating the methods and conforming to regulatory requirements
  •  The issues surrounding the implementation of rapid methods and how to overcome them
  • How to best tailor your implementation proposal in terms of validation of your rapid method 
  • 9:50 Industry perspective on automated endotoxin testing and process automation

    Clyde Schultz

    Clyde Schultz, Global Director, Celgene
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    • Streamlining QC testing through automated endotoxin testing
    • Advantages and disadvantages of automation
    • New technologies for automated endotoxin testing and process automation
    • Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Rapid Microbiology Methods – An Overview

    11:40 Sterility Assurance Risk Management

    Frederic Ayers

    Frederic Ayers, Consultant Scientist, Sterility Assurance, Eli Lilly And Company

    Sterility is one of the most critical quality attributes that all parenteral products must possess; yet, it is one of the most difficult to consistently and convincingly demonstrate to regulators.  This presentation discusses an
    • Demonstrating sterility towards regulators
    • Integrated, cross-functional strategy implemented at Eli Lilly and Company’s parenteral manufacturing facility in Indianapolis
    • Evaluate and mitigate risk associated with the manufacturing process and environment

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Case study of environmental mold isolation in a controlled manufacturing facility

    Leslie Falco

    Leslie Falco, Microbial Control Strategist , Pfizer Inc

  • Area awareness and detection of atypical, low level recovery in a controlled environment
  • Response to atypical, low level recovery in a controlled environment
  • Manufacturing during atypical recovery in a controlled environment
  • 14:00 Combining Genetics with Traditional Methods for Microbial ID

    Elia Sanchez

    Elia Sanchez, QC Microbiology Sr. Manager, Genentech

    ? Summary of the Genetic Analysis Technology
    ? Bacterial ID vs Fungi ID
    ? Exceptions to the rules
    ? Traditional methods (Back to the basics case studies)

    14:40 Progress and challenges in the design and clinical development of microbial therapies

    Shahram Lavasani

    Shahram Lavasani, CEO, ImmuneBiotech AB
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    • The power of poop: Fecal microbiota transplantation for treatment of Clostridium difficile infection
    •  Leaky Gut Syndrome in autoimmune diseases – a potential target for therapy
    • Success in a probiotic trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome – a new therapeutic perspective targeting the dysbiosis and beyond
    • Designing multi-targeted bacterial therapy – what tools do we need?

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Mycoplasmas in Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnological Processes: Assessment of Potential Mycoplasma Entry and Growth as Basis for Mycoplasma Contamination Control and Risk Mitigation

    Renate Rosengarten

    Renate Rosengarten, Professor and Chair of Bacteriology and Hygiene, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
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  • Features of mycoplasmas with respect to their contamination potential
  • Evaluation of potential mycoplasma entry into cell culture and manufacturing processes and subsequent growth
  • Risk mitigation by mycoplasma testing: choosing a suitable detection method and an appropriate validation design based on risk assessments
  • Lot release mycoplasma testing: avoiding false-positive and false-negative results


  • 16:30 Management of risk in the use of animal sera

    Rosemary Versteegen

    Rosemary Versteegen, CEO, International Serum Industry Association
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  • Certification of processes
  • Testing for geographic testing
  • Everything you need to know about Gamma Irradiation
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Official Media Partner



    Mold Contamination Challenges

    Mold Contamination Challenges

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    Chair Letter for Pharmaceutical Microbiology East Coast 2019


    Pharmaceutical Microbiology East Coast - Past Attendee List


    2018 Past Speaker Presentation - Battelle


    2018 Past Speaker Presentation - Johnson & Johnson


    2018 Past Speaker Presentation - ROCHE


    2018 Past Speaker Presentation - Charles River


    Pharmaceutical Microbiology East Coast 2019 - conference brochure


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Associates of Cape Cod

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Specializing in chromogenic and turbidimetric reagent technologies, Associates of Cape Cod, Inc. (ACC) has been a leader in endotoxin and (1?3)-ß-D-glucans detection products and services for nearly 45 years. ACC pioneered LAL testing methodology and was the first FDA licensed company to manufacture LAL reagents.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    bioMérieux, Inc. helps our clients unlock greater value from their organizations with expert consultation and a complete line of diagnostic solutions that enable more rapid, confident results. Clients benefit from improved productivity and profitability by minimizing errors and reducing time to result, as well as brand protection and safer and healthier consumer products.

    Bioscience International

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    The newest generation of SAS microbial air monitors, for ensuring full compliance with ISO 14698, cGMP and other international monitoring guidelines will be displayed.

    Charles River

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    For over 30 years, Charles River has helped customers bring products to market safely and efficiently with revolutionary technologies and exceptional services that have changed the way we conduct microbial quality control. Continuing with a passion to innovate and respond to customers’ needs, our Microbial Solutions group has purposefully expanded its global portfolio to include the leading rapid microbial detection systems of Celsis®. Joining the trusted brands of Endosafe® endotoxin testing and Accugenix® microbial identification, Celsis® creates a powerful trio of micro QC solutions, the most comprehensive offering available from any single provider.

    DuPont Personal Protection

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    For a wide range of industries, processes must be kept clean and uncontaminated. DuPont materials are used to create a variety of clothing for these controlled environments with different levels of comfort, durability, breathability, and protection in a variety of styles, including coveralls, lab coats, gowns, hoods and booties.

    Media Partners

    American Pharmaceutical Review

    Official Media Partner

    Start receiving your free copy today. American Pharmaceutical Review is a review of the drug pipeline from the late discovery phase through manufacturing. American Pharmaceutical Review prides itself on having the most relevant, unbiased and informative editorial in the industry. You will find that all of our editorial is highly technical and written by government agencies, consultants, academics, and large pharmaceuticals companies. American Pharmaceutical Review covers several key topics that are important to drug production:Separations and purification, Drug Delivery, Biopharmaceutical Processing, Biopharmaceutical Development, Formulation development, Manufacturing, Microbiology, Instrumentation, Spectroscopy

    European Pharmaceutical Review

    Official Media Partner

    European Pharmaceutical Contractor (EPC) is a quarterly publication dedicated to the international pharmaceutical contract market. Since its establishment in 1997, EPC has provided coverage of technical, strategic and regulatory developments within the industry. The magazine features in-depth opinion-led articles, reviews and interviews, on topics including drug development, outsourcing, pharmacovigilance, partnerships and eClinical management. Read EPC in print, online, or via the Samedan app.

    Microbiology Society

    Official Media Partner

    The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools. Our members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge about the discipline. The Society’s role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge.

    Rapid Microbiology.com

    Official Media Partner

    rapidmicrobiology.com is a well-established on-line resource for microbiologists worldwide, find the right products for your microbiology lab using our specially designed search functions. To keep up-to-date with the latest microbiology news get our free weekly newsletter which includes updates on products, services, webinars, training courses and conferences.

    Genetic Engineering News

    Official Media Partner

    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) is the most authoritative and widely read biotechnology news publication in the world.Published 21 times a year,GEN's unique news and technology focus include the entire bioproduct life cycle from early-stage R&D to applied research and bioprocess through to commercialization. GEN is the only publication that provides the full range of the biotechnology market coverage in areas such as omics, drugs and biomarker discovery, bioprocessing, clinical research, molecular diagnostics and biobusiness. For a free subscription go to: http://www.genengnews.com/subscriptions.aspx

    Media Partners

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    BioChem Adda is a Not-just-for-Profit organization which aims to bring out the most reliable and transparent information about everything related to jobs, careers, education, news, articles, and events from the field of BioSciences and Chemistry!



    Biocompare.com is the leading resource for up-to-date product information, product reviews, and new technologies for life scientists. Biocompare combines an in-depth knowledge of life science products and new technologies with the power of the Internet to offer scientists the most dynamic, relevant, and innovative media-based marketplace for life science information.



    Pharmaceutical-review.com is part of Integrated IQ technologies Private Limited(IIQ). A Leading platform for all the Pharma manufacturing companies and buyers across the world.Having a subscriber database of more than 120,000 globally helping the clients to reach their target buyers through our exclusive listing, branding(banner advertisement), e-news letters, e-mail marketing, product reviews, product launch promotions, event marketing, search engine marketing and social media marketing services.

    Drug Target Review


    Drug Target Review’s quarterly magazine, website and annual events program provides high quality content with peer-written articles that are submitted exclusively by the world’s most respected scientists in their field. This attracts a committed base of readers, users and delegates made up of senior decision-makers from the life science and drug discovery industries at the top pharmaceutical companies, as well as academics and scientists from the top research institutes across the globe.



    Established in October 2003, PharmiWeb Solutions is an energetic, innovative provider of web-based solutions for the pharmaceutical sector, with customers such as AstraZeneca, Roche, Servier Laboratories, and Merck With solutions in three key areas: Online Publishing, e-Business and Mobile Computing, we deliver connectivity – between people and applications – unlocking islands of data and knowledge. We own some of the sector’s most innovative Online Publications: PharmiWeb.com, HospitalPharma.com and Detail-Direct.com. We are actively developing solutions for Mobile Computing platforms. For example, our PharmiTabTM e-pharmacy solution runs real-time patient data and prescribing transactions in a busy hospital environment, on a TabletPC, wireless client/server platform. e-Business solutions range from e-Detailing, to Online Market Research, all designed to increase reach, increase sales, and to reduce administration and costs.



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    Gate2Biotech is a portal that unites biotechnological community in Central Europe. It covers all the news in the field of biotechnology. Thanks to the the portal the companies engaged in the field can easily search for research institutions and other partners to solve technical problems they are facing and here they can also present their services offer to potential partners from the Czech Republic and abroad. Gate2Biotech portal serves as a bridge connecting scientific and commercial sector. It incorporates offices and support organizations dedicated to promoting transfer of innovative technologies into a unified communication platform of Czech and international biotechnologies. As a mediator of information it draws attention to biotechnologies and support of their application and transfer into practice. It also functions as a tool for encouraging non-professionals (especially scientists and students) towards innovative business or applied research.

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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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