Training Seminars

Cambridge Healthtech Training Seminars offer real-life case studies, problems encountered and solutions applied, and extensive coverage of the basic science underlying each topic. Experienced Training Seminar instructors offer a mix of formal lectures, interactive discussions and activities to help attendees maximize their learning experiences. These immersive trainings will be of value to scientists from industry and academic research groups who are entering new fields – and to those working in supporting roles that will benefit from an in-depth briefing on a specific aspect of the industry.

Monday, August 13 and Tuesday, August 14

Day One: 1:00 – 5:00 pm | Day Two: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

TS1A: Introduction to Bioprocessing - Detailed Agenda
Public Garden

CHI’s Introduction to Bioprocessing training seminar offers a comprehensive survey of the steps needed to produce today’s complex biopharmaceuticals, from early development through commercial. The seminar begins with a brief introduction to biologic drugs and the aspects of protein science that drive the intricate progression of analytical and process steps that follow. We then step through the stages of bioprocessing, beginning with the development of cell lines and ending at scaling up for commercial production. The seminar also explores emerging process technologies, facility design considerations and the regulatory and quality standards that govern our industry throughout development. The important roles of analytical methods at all stages of development as well as formulation and stability assessments in developing and gaining approval for a biopharmaceutical are also examined. This 1.5-day class is directed to attendees working in any aspect of industry, including scientific, technical, business, marketing or support functions, who would benefit from a detailed overview of this field.

Instructors:

Sheila G. Magil, PhD, Senior Consultant, BioProcess Technology Consultants, Inc.


Frank J. Riske, PhD, Senior Consultant, BioProcess Technology Consultants, Inc.


TS2A: Regulatory Requirements across the Product Development Lifecycle - Detailed Agenda 
The Fens

The successful development of a pharmaceutical product requires not only good science, but also compliance with FDA regulatory expectations. This course will include a comprehensive review of the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) section of regulatory filings, with a focus on phase appropriate requirements. The level of detail that must be included in the filing will be discussed as well as systems and controls that must be in place in the manufacturing setting. Topics such as process development, analytical development, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) will be discussed in the context of the stage of drug development. Regulatory strategies for navigating the path to approval will also be discussed. This course is intended to provide participants from all facets of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry with a broad understanding of regulatory requirements across the product development lifecycle.

Instructor:

Christina Vessely, PhD, Senior Consultant, Analytical and Formulation Development, Biologics Consulting


Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16

Day One: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm | Day Two: 8:00 am – 12:15 pm

TS7B: Introduction to Analytical Method Development and Validation for Therapeutic Proteins - Detailed Agenda 
The Fens

This course is a panoramic review of analytical method development and validation for therapeutic proteins, including antibodies and enzymes. It starts with basic knowledge of work on therapeutic proteins: manufacturing of protein drugs, regulatory affair knowledge and protein chemistry. It then discusses fundamentals and practical aspects of commonly used analytical methods for proteins, including methods for structure elucidation, glycan characterization, biophysical characterization, potency measurement, purity and impurity analysis. The course concludes with the strategy and common practice in method validation and method transfer, including regulatory compliance at different stages of product development, application of DOE and QbD.

Instructor:

Jichao (Jay) Kang, PhD, RAC, Director, Analytical Development, Amicus Therapeutics


TS8B: Introduction to Cell Culture - Detailed Agenda 
Riverway

This 1.5-day Intro to Cell Culture Training Seminar is a lecture-based course intended for the beginner who is thinking about culturing animal cells for the first time or for intermediate cell culturists wanting to know more about how animal cell culture works and how to improve their process. Attendees will learn about most of the critical aspects of cell culture from equipment maintenance and media selection to cell growth and cryopreservation. Participants will have ample time to ask specific questions and get worthwhile answers on such topics as: equipment use and decontamination, cell types, cell verification, maintenance and storage, and strategies for growing animal cells in culture.

Instructor:

Timothy Fawcett, PhD, Scientific Director, BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. and Founder, BioSciConcepts


TS9B: Bioprocess Strategies from Development to BLA - Detailed Agenda
Public Garden  

Today’s biopharmaceutical development environment is driven by a constant stream of new modalities and product formats, an increased focus on product quality and management imperatives to advance through clinical development rapidly, and at the lowest possible cost. The Bioprocess Strategies training seminar presents a look at the key timelines and strategic considerations during the timeline, and explores strategies at each step that can be employed to meet these important goals. Special consideration will be given to the role of new process and analytical technologies, automation and the use of global manufacturing and supply chain networks.

Instructor:

Sheila G. Magil, PhD, Senior Consultant, BioProcess Technology Consultants, Inc.


Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 17

Day One: 1:30 – 5:00 pm | Day Two: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

TS11C: Fundamentals of Proteins and Protein Solutions - Detailed Agenda 
Riverway

A simple energy framework is presented that allows a fundamental, but very practical, understanding of protein structure, folding, stability, interactions and solution behavior. The seminar focuses on the practical understanding and application of the energy framework. Building on a review of basic biochemistry and central energy concepts, the framework is used to build up a deeper understanding of how protein folding and structure arise from the properties of its constituent atoms and amino acids. This same energy framework is used to understand protein interactions with small molecules, surfaces, other proteins, and other macromolecules. The importance of cooperativity to biological processes is discussed.

Instructor:

Thomas Laue, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Director, Biomolecular Interaction Technologies Center (BITC), University of New Hampshire


TS12C: Introduction to Downstream Processing - Detailed Agenda 
Jamaica Pond

This activity-packed course focuses on the science, technologies and strategies needed to understand and implement an effective downstream process for biological development and production. The course begins with an in-depth look at DSP design and development - from recovery to purification to formulation - before moving onto pertinent issues surrounding HTPD, single-use systems, continuous processing, PAT, CPPs, viral clearance, platform development and process validation. The course concludes with real-world examples from downstream development projects for both traditional and emerging modalities.

Instructor:

Jean-François Hamel, Professor, Academic Researcher and Instructor, Chemical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


TS14C: Introduction to Biologics Formulation Development - Detailed Agenda 
The Fens

CHI’s Introduction to Biologics Formulation Development training seminar focuses on strategies to plan and execute preformulation and formulation development studies for biologics. Such projects require co-optimization of multiple physical, chemical, and conformational stability attributes under accelerated timelines to ensure rapid delivery of a stabile product to the clinic. The seminar begins with an overview of biophysical and biochemical properties of proteins and protein structure, setting the stage for the concepts and goals at the core of protein formulation. The course then continues with an exploration into the theory and application of the relevant analytical and biophysical techniques that support preformulation and formulation development studies. The primary focus of the seminar is an in-depth discussion of typical formulation development workflows, including statistical analysis and use of DoE. The formulation development section of the course then concludes with examination of real-world case studies. Attendees of the training seminar should leave with a greater understanding of the biologics formulation field, in general, as well as with specific knowledge and strategies for setting up successful formulation development studies in their own labs.

Instructor:

Donald E. Kerkow, PhD, Director, Biopharmaceutical Development, KBI Biopharma, Inc.


TS15C: Design of Experiments for Cell and Gene Therapies
Public Garden

Design of Experiment (DOE) is recognized as the most prominent tool for analyzing the effect of multiple factors on complex unit operations. Cell and gene therapy manufacturing processes contain many classic examples of such operations, and DOE is the best systematic approach for their optimization. This results in improved manufacturing yields, efficiency, cost, consistency and safety. This branch of applied statistics is intimidating, but once explained clearly, surprisingly intuitive and easy to use. This seminar will include specific, practical examples of the application of DOE to optimization cell culture, gene medication and downstream processing unit operations in cell and gene therapy. Attendees will leave with concrete methods and tools enabling them to address their own products’ manufacturing in a sophisticated but practical way.

Instructors:

Anthony Davies, PhD, Founder & CEO, Dark Horse Consulting


Andrew Steinsapir, Consultant, Dark Horse Consulting


Training Seminar Information

Each CHI Training Seminar offers 1.5 days of instruction with start and stop times for each day shown above and on the Event-at-a-Glance published in the onsite Program & Event Guide. Training Seminars will include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, as applicable, and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees on the full day of the class.

Each person registered specifically for the Training Seminar will be provided with a hard copy handbook for the seminar in which they are registered. A limited number of additional handbooks will be available for other delegates who wish to attend the seminar, but after these have been distributed, no additional books will be available.

Though CHI encourages track hopping between conference programs, we ask that Training Seminars not be disturbed once they have begun. In the interest of maintaining the highest quality learning environment for Training Seminar attendees, and because seminars are conducted differently than conference programming, we ask that attendees commit to attending the entire program, and not engage in track hopping, as to not disturb the hands-on style instruction being offered to the other participants.

 

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