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SMi’s inaugural Conference
Robotics and Automation in Pharma
February 21 - 22, 2022 | London, UK
This year more than any other has highlighted the heightened importance of robotic technology and automated processes in the Pharmaceutical Industry. This technology has exceptional promise, and we are close to seeing such capabilities realised. Robotics and Automation will cut expenditure devoted to manual labour, remove human error from the production process, and protect technicians from harmful materials, on top of diminishing risks of human-sourced microbiological contamination.

We are seeing a shift towards a fully digitalised industry, that not only promises to improve production efficiency, but also increase the value that humans add to the production pipeline. By automating tedious tasks people can be applied to processes that no machine can do -- while artificial intelligence can utilise data to reform manufacturing.

At this year’s event we will be showcasing the latest developments in the field surrounding the integration of Robotics and Automation into the Pharmaceutical Industry, from advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, to key insights into data and analytics, as well as the significant leaps in the robotic automation of some of Pharma’s most crucial processes.
Through recent case studies and interactive presentations, our attendees will discover how to best anticipate the next generation of Pharmaceuticals.

To register your interest or to get involved please contact: eshambler@smi-online.co.uk


As it stands the current layout of bioprocess facilities require disproportionate levels of manual labour, and these high labour costs drive up total cost to supply. From the managing of the raw materials to the processing itself, on top of product distribution, the biomanufacturing industry single-handedly invests the greatest proportion of its capital into labour over any other field in the world. Now, as advanced automation technologies becoming increasingly available, robotics holds great potential to diminish these costs.



• Gain a current industry overview and the need for increased automation
• Explore the advantages of Robotics in the pharmaceutical production process: from filling and packing to automated inspections
• Home-in on the opportunities for modern robotics in the industry, and key challenges in their implementation
• Future outlook: how to design robotics and automated processes to be the best fit for biomanufacturing



Chief Executives, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads of Department, Senior Managers, and Principal Scientists specializing in:

- Robotics & Control
- Continuous Processing
- Digital Strategy & Transformation
- Data Integrity
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
- Medical Devices
- Scale Up & Tech Transfer
- Quality Assurance/Control
- Regulatory Affairs & Licensing
- Compliance
- Emerging Technologies
- Risk Management
- Research & Development
- Sterilisation
- Supply Chain
- Research & Development
- Validation
- Process Monitoring
- Packaging
- Lifecycle Management

Previous attendees include:



 Abbott; AbbVie; Allergy Therapeutics; Associates of Cape Cod; AstraZeneca; Baxter Healthcare; bioMerieux; BioPhorum; Boehringer Ingelheim; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG; Charles River EMD; Christian Doppler Laboratory for Monitoring of Contaminants, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna; Copan; Copan Group; Copan Italia SpA; CTL - Mat; David P Elder Consultancy; European Patent Office; Fagron; Freeline; Fresenius Kabi; Fresenius Kabi UK Ltd; GSK; GSK Vaccines; GW Pharma ; King's College London ; Kite Pharma ; Lonza; MeiraGTx; Meriagtx; Mettler Toledo; Mettler Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Thornton; MHRA; MIcrobiologics; Microgenetics Ltd; Novo Nordisk; Oxford Biomedica Ltd; Paul Ehrlich Institut; PHSS: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society; Reading Scientific Services Ltd; Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL); Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; RSSL; Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH; SDA Pharma; Steris Corporation; Techniconsult Firenze SRL; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna; VCCN/Brookhuis Applied Data Intelligence; Veltek Associates, Inc.;


Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Opening remarks and introductions

Richard Denk

Richard Denk, Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
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14:10 Opportunities for modern robotics in biologics manufacturing

Richard Denk

Richard Denk, Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
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• Highlighting the heightened importance of robotic technology and automated processes in the Pharmaceutical Industry
• How automated tasks will increase the value of humans in the supply chain

14:50 GMP Requirements for the use of Robotics in aseptic manufacturing

Richard Denk

Richard Denk, Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
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• Requirements according to the newest draft of the EU GMP Annex 1
• Contamination Control Strategy using Robotics
• Breaking down the contamination risk posed by operators, and the advantage of automation over traditional barriers

15:30 Afternoon tea

16:00 GMP and Occupational Exposure Requirements

Richard Denk

Richard Denk, Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
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• Cleaning, and Cross Contamination prevention
• Ensuring operator safety through minimising exposure to hazardous materials

16:40 Future outlook

Richard Denk

Richard Denk, Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
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• Automating restricted access barrier systems and terminal sterilisation to achieve reliable sterility assurance
• Movement toward 100% gloveless barrier systems
• Eliminating the manual intervention and support processes by operators to achieve light’s-out production lines

17:20 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Richard Denk

Richard Denk, Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
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Richard Denk

Richard Denk

Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG

Richard Denk

Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment, SKAN AG
Richard Denk

Richard Denk is working at the company SKAN AG, headquartered in Allschwil Switzerland in the position Senior Consultant Aseptic Processing & Containment. Richard is member of the PDA Isolator Expert Group, ISPE Sterile Product Processing Group, Chair of the ISPE Containment DACH, the ISPE SIG Robotic and Co-Chair ISPE SIG Bio on Innovations and Technology. Furthermore, Richard is Member of the ISO TC 198 WG-9 Aseptic Isolator Group.


Venue To Be Confirmed

London, United Kingdom

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