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SMi proudly announces the return of the 9th Annual Pre-Filled Syringes to London in Jan 2017!

The global market for pre-filled syringes will grow substantially over the next five years to reach sales of $6.6 billion, according to a new report from Smithers Rapra, a worldwide authority on the plastics and rubber industry supply chains. The report estimates that there are approximately 3.5 billion pre-filled syringe units produced a year and this will grow to 6.7 billion units by 2020.
The market has witnessed continual advancements in device design with enhanced safety and usability by patients through human factor engineering. Nonetheless, challenges surrounding biologic drug stability, manufacturing and competition from other drug delivery technologies remain key concerns amongst pharma and medical device manufacturers.


Emulating on SMi’s successful PFS series, this must-attend event returns to London. Join us today to discuss with your industry colleagues to accelerate PFS development and innovation!
 

Join us today to

  • Capture latest regulatory requirements of PFS and autoinjectors
  • Understand how to derive additional values through your drug delivery routes
  • Learn about latest technologies of PFS
  • Assess and evaluate alternatives to PFS
  • Discuss common challenges with your industry colleagues and benchmark your best practice

Speaking and sponsorship opportunities now open! This event will be sold out so please contact us directly!

Executives, Directors, VPs, Heads, Principals, Managers of:

  • Pre-Filled Syringes/ PFS
  • Autoinjectors
  • Device/ Device Engineering
  • Human Factor
  • Scientist
  • CMC
  • Product
  • Injectables
  • Sterile Manufacturing
  • Packaging
  • Regulatory Affairs

or anyone who works with Pre-Filled Syringes/ Autoinjectors within pharmaceutical, biotech and solution providers.

Past attending organisations include:

FDA, MHRA, GSK, Pfizer, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Allergan, Actavis, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Sanofi Pasteur, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Medimmune, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., Sandoz, Biogen, AstraZeneca, Baxter, Baxalta, Mylan, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Shire, Regeneron, Fresenius Kabi, Genentech, Dr. Reddy's Laboratory, Cambridge Consultant, Bristol-Myers Squibb, BioMarin, Takeda, AbbVie, Abbott, Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Nemera, West Pharmaceuticals, 3P Innovation, AAF International, BD Medical, Medical Device Usability, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, Owen Mumford, STERIS, Catalent, Noxilizer, Nipro, Team Technik, Team Consulting, Terumo, Zwick Testing Machines and many more!

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alphons Fakler

Alphons Fakler, Group Head Risk Management, Novartis Pharma

9:10 Regulatory aspects of pre-filled syringes - Latest regulatory updates from MHRA

Vikas Jaitely

Vikas Jaitely , Deputy Manager and Senior Pharmaceutical Assessor Licensing Division, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

• Pre-filled syringes regulated as a medicinal products or a medical device in the EU (combination products – definitions and examples)
• Regulatory pathways and data expected in the registration dossier
• Usability studies – human factor engineering – clarity on what’s expected?

9:50 New technologies for pre-filled syringes – streamlining innovation

• Product development as a way to differentiate from competitors
• Empowering and involving patients – the role of patient-centered model in drug delivery
• New materials and  modifications to existing materials – their impact on quality and reliability
• Other innovative options including new devices, new safety and new connectivity features
• Which options can be implemented in the quickest way and which require more long-term planning and investment in resources
 

Alexander Jung

Alexander Jung, Senior Manager Technology and Innovation, Drug Delivery & Devices, Boehringer Ingelheim

Christian Dechant

Christian Dechant, Primary Packaging Director, Boehringer Ingelheim

10:30 Components and systems selection strategies for pre-filled syringes, risk mitigation, performance and quality

Christa Jansen-Otten

Christa Jansen-Otten, Director Global Product Management Prefilled Systems and Delivery, West Pharmaceutical Services

• Current trends and new technologies in the market of pre-filled syringes and self administration systems
• Challenges for companies developing products in PFS
• Key critical product requirements
• Components and systems designed specifically for optimised performance as well as to address demanding drug components (sensitivity, viscosity, volume)

11:10 Morning Coffee & Networking Break

11:40 Device design implications of increasing dose volume on injection time and patient factors

David Blakely

David Blakely, Device Development Manager, GSK

• Beyond the first self-administered parenteral bolus dose
• Causes of infusion pain and how to mitigate it
• Patient factors that may influence adherence
• Device design options for this emerging dose form
 

12:20 Combination products: a need for flexible and customisable drug delivery devices

Adrien Tisserand

Adrien Tisserand, Category Manager - Parenteral, Nemera

• Challenges within drug life cycle management
• Drug and patient problems
• Case study, the collaboration of a device manufacturer and a pharma
 

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:10 Engineering of delivery system integration for biologics and primary containers

Paolo Mangiagalli

Paolo Mangiagalli, Senior Director - PFS Platform, Sanofi

• How to integrate the various platforms: From PFS to pens to autoinjectors
• Translating integrated system approach into component requirements
• Opportunities for knowledge sharing
 

14:50 Introduction of an innovative and groundbreaking in-line X-ray inspection technology in a pre-fillable syringe manufacturing line

Matteo Falgari

Matteo Falgari, Sales Manager PFS, Nipro PharmaPackaging

• Limits of current needle shield assembly inspection systems
• X-ray inspection technology presentation
• Features and benefits of the concerning X-ray inspection unit to address increasing regulatory requirements for container closure integrity assurance and for drug delivery systems safety
 

15:30 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

16:00 Ocular injection - PFS development

Markus Hemminger

Markus Hemminger, Senior Engineer Pre-Filled Syringes, F. Hoffmann-La Roche

• Ocular drug delivery - inherent physiology and natural barriers
• Drug product administration
• Specific requirements and challenges (e.g.  sterility of PFS outer surface, particle specification, dosing  accuracy)
 

16:40 Panel Discussion: Combination products – challenges and opportunities

• On the road to patient-centric drug delivery - understanding the patient's interaction with the delivery system to be able to incorporate features which promote adherence to treatments
• What good manufacturing practice regulations apply to combination products?
• Technical challenges for developing and manufacturing combination products
 

Alphons Fakler

Alphons Fakler, Group Head Risk Management, Novartis Pharma

Serkan Oray

Serkan Oray, Senior Director, Device & Technology, UCB

David Ottolangui

David Ottolangui, Device Technology Director, GSK

Ed Cahill

Ed Cahill, Senior Director, Technical and Scientific Affairs, Teva

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alphons Fakler

Alphons Fakler, Group Head Risk Management, Novartis Pharma

9:10 Regulatory updates – recent guidelines on Human Factors Engineering

Nick Stones

Nick Stones, Fellow, Human Factors Engineer, Novartis

• Overview of new and revised HFE Guidelines
• What does this mean for device developers?
• Impacts on different devices – PFS vs autoinjectors
 

9:50 Formulation and drug delivery challenges for mid-sized companies

Sachin Dubey

Sachin Dubey, Head of Formulation , Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

• Tailoring your formulation for pre-filled syringes or injectable delivery
• What are the considerations and parameters
• Flexibility for customising your formulation and device for a mid-sized company for competitive advantage?
 

10:30 An insight into the preferences for injection devices in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Richard Featherstone

Richard Featherstone, Managing Director, Medical Device Usability

What do patients want in their injection devices? What features are important to them and why?
In this talk, Richard will present the results of a recent research study that MDU have carried out into the preferences for injection devices among 136 patients across a range of disease areas.
The results provide insight into questions such as:
• Why do some patients prefer to see the needle but others don’t?
• Why do some patients want large devices but others want small ones?
• How important is the colour of the device?
• Do patients want devices that make sounds, or do they want silent devices?

11:10 Morning Coffee & Networking Break

11:40 An update on Polymer-based pre-fillable syringes addressing the challenges of therapeutic proteins

William Dierick

William Dierick, Director Technology Development, Terumo Pharmaceutical Solutions

• The impact of rapid growth and broad application of therapeutic proteins for the treatment of severe diseases  -  the need for high concentrated protein formulations
• Protein drug product formulations – the propensity to aggregate poses  technical challenges with respect to manufacturing, stability (concentration-dependent protein degradation) and delivery
• An update on the assessment on Terumo’s development of a COP Pre-fillable Syringe system and the options to mitigate potential interactions, including:
- A COP pre-fillable syringe system specifically designed to mitigate risk of protein degradation
- Protein aggregation from effects of the method of sterilisation of polymer pre-fillable syringes
- Sub-visible particles (micro- and nano-particles) from silicone oil compared to a silicone oil-free PFS system
 

12:20 Siliconisation - influence on functionality

Vincent Cazanave

Vincent Cazanave, Pre-Fillable Syringe Engineering Device Development, Roche

• Understanding the impact of the pre-filled storage and type of drug filling as well as testing method
• Silicone thickness and distribution overtime on empty and filled syringes
• Break Loose force and Injection force:  Impact of the Ageing, the content and the test method
on functionality

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:10 OXYCAPT multilayer plastic syringes having excellent oxygen and water vapor barrier

Kenichiro Usuda

Kenichiro Usuda, Researcher, Advanced Business Development Division, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company

• Debating advantages of plastic syringes versus glass syringes
• How to overcome disadvantages of existing plastic syringes
• Latest studies for extractables from plastic and glass

14:50 From filling to packaging

Andreas Kerschbaumer

Andreas Kerschbaumer, Facilitator Compouding, Filling & Inspection, Sandoz

• Aseptic filling (incl. 100% inline weight control)
• Fully automatic inspection
• Assembly and packaging

15:30 Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

16:00 Panel Discussion: The future of parenteral drug delivery - moving from drug delivery devices to therapy management ecosystems

• Wearable injector technology – opportunities and challenges
• Switching to needle-free delivery system – comparing pens and pumps
• Safety at the forefront – auto-disabling disposable syringe with portable injector

Alphons Fakler

Alphons Fakler, Group Head Risk Management, Novartis Pharma

Ignace Wallaert

Ignace Wallaert, Principal Scientist Packaging Development, Janssen Pharmaceutica

16:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close Day Two

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

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.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

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.

GLOBAL CPD

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.

CPD Certificates

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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