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Innovations in Upstream Bioprocessing

March 27-28 2019  |  Merck Cell Culture Media Center of Excellence, Irvine, Scotland

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Merck invites you to Innovations in Upstream Bioprocessing, a 2-day event harnessing advancements to manage risks in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

During this 2-day event you will:

  • Learn how to decrease manufacturing costs and increase productivity utilising new technologies
  • Discover strategies on intensified upstream processing, next generation facility design, facility scale-up and viral risk mitigation strategies for modern processing
  • Network with Industry peers and experts
  • Tour the Merck Center of Excellence

For more information please contact: Ann-Kathrin Pulli
Negotiated hotel rates available upon registration

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Day 1 - Wednesday March 27th
9:00 - 10:00Event registration
10:00 - 10:30Welcome address
 Laurent Halbwachs and John Gibson, Merck
10:30 - 10:45Innovative speaker
10:45 - 11:20Upstream talk
 Susan Lenk, Janssen Research & Development
11:20 - 11:50Break and networking
11:50 - 12:25Designing facilities of the future
 Dave Wolton, PM group
12:25 - 13:00Insight view: cell culture media development at Boehringer Ingelheim
 Peter Schorn, Boehringer Ingelheim
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:35Upstream viral risk mitigation approach: Next generation manufacturing
 Aaron Mack, Biogen and David Gemmell, Merck
14:35 - 15:10Development and implementation of intensified bioprocessing for biologics manufacturing
 Dr. Hang Zhou, Wuxi Biologics
15:10 - 15:45Break and networking
15:45 - 16:20Upstream optimisation and process intensification
 Merck Serono
16:20 - 16:30Day 1 close out by chair
16:30Close and coaches to hotels
Gala dinner 19:00
Lochgreen House Hotel
Transport from other hotels to Lochgreen for arrival at 19:00
19:00 - 19:30Drinks reception in the front lounge
19:30 - 22:00Dinner and key note speaker
 Steve Bagshaw, CEO FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
22:00Transport back to hotels from Lochgreen
Day 2 - Thursday, March 28th
9:00 - 9:30Arrive on site and opening
9:30 - 10:05Next generation manufacturing and supply chain interdependencies
 Dave Kolwyck, Biogen
10:05 - 10:40Challenges and opportunities using continuous and intensified processes
 Andrew Falconbridge, Alvotech
10:40 - 11:10Break and networking
11:10 - 12:00BioContinuum™ Platform – Evolution in bioprocessing: Going intensified, connected and continuous
 Merrilee Whitney, Merck
12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 - 14:00Wrap up for presentations and conference close
14:00 - 16:00Optional facility tour for all guests

* Agenda subject to change. Attendance to “Innovations in Upstream Bioprocessing” 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. Attendance is free, though registration is required. Lunch, coffee break and gala dinner are provided courtesy of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Travel costs, hotel accommodations and any other costs incurred are at the expense of the attendees.

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Featuring Guest Speakers from:
  • Biogen
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • PM Group
  • Merck Serono
  • Janssen Research & Development
  • Alvotech Iceland
  • FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
Venue Information

Cell Culture Media Center of Excellence
Second Ave, Heatherhouse Industrial Estate
Irvine KA12 8NB, UK

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