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In Molsheim, France
(Region of Strasbourg)

Join us and your peers for the 2nd European Viral Safety Experts Forum.

November 14-15, 2017 at the Merck office and M Lab™

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The forum will bring together viral safety experts to exchange around viral safety strategies for biopharmaceuticals.

During this two-day forum, you will have the opportunity to share scientific knowledge, industry trends, and best practices towards the implementation of viral safety, looking for innovative solutions to today's evolving processing requirements.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Tuesday, November 14

9:00 - 09:45Breakfast and registration
 Process development and validation related topics
9:45 - 10:00Welcome and introduction
 Sarah Le Merdy, Technology Manager, Clarification, Viral Safety, Merck
10:00 - 10:45Virus risk mitigation in the development of biological medicinal products: a global regulatory perspective
 Martin Wisher, Senior Director, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, Bioreliance
10:45 - 12:15Nanofiltration optimisation using micro-titer plates
 Alison Tang, PhD, Downstream Development Scientist, MedImmune
12:15 - 13:15Poster session and lunch
13:15 - 14:00Screening and selection of prefiltration options prior to virus filtration
 Jérôme Pezzini, DSP Breakthrough Technologies Manager, Sanofi
14:00 - 15:00Differential retention of animal parvoviruses by virus filtration
 Eleonora Widmer, Director Global Pathogen Safety Support, CSL Behring
15:00 - 15:30Parvovirus-retentive filter performance and removal mechanisms during process interruptions
 David Bohonak, PhD, Senior Applications Engineer, Manufacturing Sciences and Technology, MilliporeSigma
15:30 - 16:00Poster session and break
16:00 - 16:45Virus inactivation using chemicals: alternatives to Triton X-100
 Patricia Greenhalgh, Head of Virology Team, MilliporeSigma
16:45 - 17:15Viral inactivation step and impact of REACh regulation for LFB products: efforts to address substitution to Triton X-100
 Caroline Goussen – Viral & TSE Clearance Studies Manager (LFB Biotechnologies)
17:15 onwardsEvening event and networking dinner

Wednesday, November 15

8:00 - 8:30Breakfast
 Upstream related topics
8:30 - 9:30Defend Your Bioreactor: using nanofiltration to prevent virus contamination of cell culture processes
 Christina Carbrello, Senior Scientist in Filtration R&D, MilliporeSigma
9:30 - 10:15Risk based upstream viral clearance approach at Biogen
 Aaron Mack, Engineer III, Materials Science, Biogen
10:15 - 10:45Poster session and break
10:45 - 11:30Effect of product concentration on continuous parvovirus-retentive filtration
 David Bohonak, PhD, Senior Applications Engineer, Manufacturing Sciences and Technology, MilliporeSigma
11:30 - 12:30Presentation to be confirmed
12:30 - 13:30Poster session and lunch
13:30 - 14:30Presentation to be confirmed
14:30 - 14:45Closing remarks
 Sarah Le Merdy, Technology Manager, Clarification, Viral Safety, Merck
14:45 - 15:45Step into an M Lab™ Collaboration Center – Register to join us for a visit!

The life science business of Merck operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada.

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*Agenda subject to change. Attendance to the "2nd European Viral Safety Experts Forum" is limited and available to pharma or biopharma manufacturers and academics only. The offer does not extend to any company that provides pharma or biopharma products or services. We reserve the right to revoke or refuse participation at any time. The meeting is free of charge. Dinner, lunches, and coffee breaks are provided compliments of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Hotel accommodations and travel costs are at the expense of the attendees. A block of rooms has been booked at different hotels close to the meeting venue.

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Operating in the U.S. and Canada
as MilliporeSigma

Venue Information

Merck office and M Lab™
Millipore SAS
39 route industrielle de la Hardt
67120 Molsheim, France

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