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SMi proudly presents this half-day interactive workshop at the 2nd annual Lyophilization US conference, Lyophilization - Development through Tech Transfer!

This half-day workshop will aim to provide practical experience for delegates on meeting QbD requirements and other CMC challenges encountered in the development of lyophilized dosage forms. The impact o lyophilization as a pharmaceutical unit operation is expected to grow as the biopharmaceutical market continues to expand. Hence, a well-defined development and tech transfer plan based on QbD principles will mitigate downstream risks and ensure smooth scale-up, approval and launch of lyophilized products.

The workshop will enable you to:

- Understand CMC requirements for lyophilization

- Incorporate QbD into everyday practice

- Define your tech transfer plan for lyophilization process

- Mitigate risk in compliance and downstream bioprocessing

VPs, Directors, Heads, Chiefs, Principals and Managers of:

  • Scientist
  • Bioprocessing
  • Formulation
  • Manufacturing
  • Tech Transfer
  • R&D

from pharmaceutical, biotech and CMOs

Workshop LEADER


Ralph Tarantino

Pharmaceutical Consultant & Principal, Steritech Solutions, LLC

Dr. Tarantino is a Subject Matter Expert in the formulation of injectable dosage forms, with over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He was instrumental in the development of numerous marketed drug products. His experience ranges from bench level scientist to senior manager at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. where he was the Director of Sterile Product Formulation and Clinical Manufacturing for 17 years.
Dr. Tarantino specializes in peptide/protein formulations, drug delivery systems and the solubilization of new molecular entities. He has trained FDA reviewers on the topic of peptide/protein formulation and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate scientists in the development and manufacture of sterile products.

Currently he serves as consultant to pharmaceutical, investment and legal firms. His projects have included evaluation of drug delivery technologies, expert testimony in formulation related cases and criticality analyses of drug product formulation and manufacture.

Highlights of Dr. Tarantino's career include:

Leadership role in development of 9 marketed products and Sterile Product Subject Matter Expert for Sterile products at Roche Nutley
Global Peptide Delivery Champion. Head of Sterile Clinical Manufacturing with 7 successful Pre-Approval Inspections
Extensive FDA interactions and FDA trainer for Biopharmaceutical Formulation and Stability
Leader in international harmonization and Chair International Formulation technology Working Group for Sterile Products
Invited Lecturer, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Eastern Regional Meeting, “Technology Transfer for Sterile Dosage Forms”
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Long Island University
Elected Chair, Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Academy of Research and Science, Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences Representative, Education Standing Committee, American Pharmaceutical Association

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Workshop Leader's Opening Remarks

Ralph Tarantino

Ralph Tarantino, Pharmaceutical Consultant & Principal, Steritech Solutions, LLC
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9:10 Developing a Thorough Development Plan to Meet CMC Requirements

9:40 Roundtable Discussion - Criticality Analysis for Lyophilization

10:10 Roundtable Discussion

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Lyophilization: Tech Transfer and Scale-Up

11:40 Roundtable Discussion

12:00 Q&A

12:30 Closing Remarks from Workshop Leader and End of Workshop


Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel

515 US Highway 1 South
Iselin 08830

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel

Your simple delights will become memorable moments at Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. This distinctive hotel in Edison, New Jersey, features 269 modern guest rooms, including 42 suites, and more than 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Our hotel's location is centrally located amidst corporate offices and tourist attraction. Our accommodations stand out from other hotels in Edison, NJ, and provide a sophisticated retreat for families and business travelers alike. Marriott's Plug-in panels and 37-inch LCD HD TVs allow guests simultaneous connectivity to laptops, iPods and DVD players. We are one of the most conveniently situated hotels at the crossroads of U.S. Routes 1 and 9. We are also just five minutes from Woodbridge Center Mall, 15 minutes south of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and less than one mile from the Metropark train station. With our premier location and amenities, our Edison accommodations provide an advantageous travel destination.



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