Short Courses*

MONDAY, AUGUST 12 | 8:30 – 11:00 am

SC1: Optimizing Cell Culture Media - Detailed Agenda


Jana Mahadevan, PhD, Jana has a accountSenior Scientist, Cell culture Perfusion Media & Bioprocess Development, MilliporeSigma, Merck KGaA

Ana Luz Quiroga Campano, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Michael Butler, PhD, CSO, Cell Technology, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)

To grow mammalian cells, researchers need to provide an optimal in vitro environment. The key feature of successful cell growth is the culture medium. ‘Achieving Super Soup’ requires finesse and know-how in order to combine the right ingredients at the right times under the right conditions to achieve high titers. This workshop will provide a foundation for optimizing cell culture media as well as a look at how media development is being innovated. Cell Culture Media experts will also tailor a portion of the course for interactive discussion per the concerns and challenges faced by workshop participants.

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SC3: Quality Considerations for Gene Therapy Viral Vectors - Detailed Agenda


Christopher Bravery, PhD, Consulting Regulatory Scientist, Consulting on Advanced Biologicals Ltd.

Gene therapy viral vectors are complex biological medicinal products which pose a number of challenges with respect to quality and overall adventitious agent safety. Firstly, they are large complex viral particles which must be designed to be replication incompetent. Secondly, as the product is a suspension of viral particles, application of traditional viral reduction and elimination steps is not possible, so control of materials and the process become more important. This course outlines the testing expected to address these fundamental features and ensure a safe product of suitable quality is released.

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SC5: Saving Time in Process Development with Next-Generation Methods: PAT, Hybrid Modeling, Process Simulation, mDoe and iDoE - Detailed Agenda

Instructors: Gerald Striedner, PhD, Associate Professor, Biotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Mark Dürkop, PhD, Project Leader, Biotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Moritz von Stosch, PhD, Senior Manager, Drug Substance, Technical R&D, GSK Vaccines

In this Short Course, we show how a more accurate design space of an upstream process can be defined that provides increased flexibility for process operation based on the iDoE-hybrid modeling strategy. We also show how advanced monitoring strategies support the tracking of the deviations and how these methods can readily be developed from the iDoE data. It will be illustrated how the combination of the hybrid model with monitoring can directly be exploited for process control, thus naturally evolving the last step of the QbD roadmap. The toolbox which will be used to demonstrate the showcase will be provided to participants after the course.  

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm | dinner provided

SC6: Integrated Continuous Biomanufacturing – An Implementation Approach - Detailed Agenda


Robert Dream, Managing Director, HDR Company Ltd.

The importance and value of continuous processing’s economic and sustainability advantages due to the modular nature of continuous processes means that the industry is able to adapt more rapidly to changing market demands. Factors other than scientific ones, are the barriers to change from batch to continuous production. The (bio)pharmaceutical industry has reached a stage that requires a change in the production paradigm. Continuous manufacturing is as productive and has a much smaller footprint of the manufacturing plant, avoiding multiple non-value added unit operations. This course will cover strategies to transition from batch to continuous, areas to implement continuous manufacturing (from upstream to fill-finish), step-wise approach to implementation, new technologies and impact of big data, and more.

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SC7: Protein Aggregation: Mechanism, Characterization and Consequences - Detailed Agenda


Thomas Laue, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Matthew Brown, PhD, Applications Manager, Bioscience, Malvern PANalytical

Protein aggregation is recognized by regulatory agencies and the biopharmaceutical industry as a key quality attribute of biotherapeutics. Various aggregates hold the potential for adversely impacting production and patients in a variety of ways. This in-depth course reviews the origins and consequences of aggregation in biotherapeutics, and then examines strategies for predicting and quantifying aggregation in biopharmaceuticals. It benefits scientists engaged in the development, production, analytical characterization and approval of biotherapeutics and who require a good working knowledge of protein aggregation.


SC8: Model-Based Solutions for Digitalization and Automation in Bioprocessing - What Data, Expertise and Software Do I Need? - Detailed Agenda


Alessandro Butte, PhD, CEO, DataHow and Lecturer/Sr Researcher, ETH Zurich

The aim of this course is to provide an overview and advanced insight into process data characteristics and analysis methodologies. It will cover important perspectives on data organization and pretreatment, basic and advanced analysis methodologies and software solutions as well as central expertise and domain knowledge to be included into the assessment of process data. The course will combine an introduction into central concepts and their application to cases studies from industry. The goal is to reveal the large potential of data- and knowledge-driven solutions to create value from data in the bioprocessing domain.

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SC9: Impact of Impurities on Stability of Biologics - Detailed Agenda


Diane Paskiet, MS, Director of Scientific Affairs, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

Katherine E. Bowers, PhD, Principal Scientist, Group Leader, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

Impurities in protein therapeutics can originate from a variety of unexpected sources. As the protein molecule is taken through the upstream/downstream processes, final product manufacturing (fill/finish) and even during patient delivery, there is a myriad of potential “hidden” impurities that can have an impact to the safety and efficacy of the bio-therapeutic. This course aims to answer the questions of what and where are the greatest risks for biologic impurities and how can we study the impact of these impurities on the protein molecule. Our mission is to collectively discuss how to identify, evaluate and mitigate impurity risks from early development and throughout the product life cycle.

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SC10: Phase-Appropriate Analytical and Process Control Strategies - Detailed Agenda


Christine P. Chan, PhD, Principal Scientist, Global Manufacturing Science & Technology, Sanofi

Biotherapeutics are challenging to develop due to complexity of the molecular structure as well as the manufacturing process. The establishment of an integrated control strategy for robust manufacturing is an iterative process based on sound science and quality risk management. In this short course, we will discuss key considerations in evolving the analytical and process control strategies through the course of product development.

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