Plenary Keynote Sessions


Monday, August 12

Leading to Tomorrow’s Advances

Chair: Sue Behrens3:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Sue Behrens, PhD, Senior Director, Process Design, IPS, and President, SB Executive Consulting, LLC & Sponsorship Chair, Women in Bio


Yatin Gokarn4:00 Biologic Therapies in the Upcoming Decade: Modalities and Development Strategies

Yatin Gokarn, PhD, Vice President, Global Head, Biologics Drug Product Development, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals


Mire-Sluis_Anthony4:30 The Future of Bioprocessing – A Digital Era Awaits

Anthony Mire-Sluis, PhD, Head, Global Quality, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Industry in general is facing a revolution that the Pharmaceutical Industry will need to adopt if it is to remain agile and innovative. The digitalization of our manufacturing processes and procedures will enable real time data for more intelligent decision making and process control. Digitised processes allow for predictive and prescriptive analytics.  Advanced automation will eliminate human intervention and wearable technology and biometrics will guide work and assure data integrity.  How to adopt these new technologies within our regulated industry won’t be without challenges and partnering with Regulators will be essential.


5:00 Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Wednesday, August 14

Solving Today’s Challenges

Chair: John Sterling4:45 Chairperson’s Remarks

John Sterling, Editor, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN)


Sanchayita Ghose4:50 Evolving Trends in mAb Production Processes

Sanchayita Ghose, PhD, Director, Biologics Process Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) still continue to dominate the biologics therapeutic landscape despite the advent of many new therapeutic modalities in the recent years. Manufacturing processes for mAbs have evolved significantly over time since the first approval more than three decades ago. This talk will highlight some of the key challenges and drivers that are driving the design of today’s antibody processes. Furthermore, this talk will showcase the various aspects of continuous manufacturing being incorporated in BMS’ biologics manufacturing plant (particularly for mAbs) to address its growing pipeline needs. 

Judy-Chou5:25 Today’s Challenges and Opportunities in Biomanufacturing

Judy Chou, PhD, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Biotech, Bayer Pharmaceuticals


6:00 Taste of New England Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing