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13th Annual PDA Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Oct 15 - Oct 17, 2018 |
Oct 17, 2018 |
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center | Bethesda, MD
  • Conference
  • Western Hemisphere Events
Exhibition: October 15-16
Post-Workshop: October 17-18
Courses: October 18-19
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The 13th Annual PDA Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology is designed to meet the unique needs of pharmaceutical microbiologists and interdisciplinary scientists involved in manufacturing and regulating the pharmaceutical industry. It also provides excellent opportunities to network, interact, and share with and learn from industry experts and professionals from around the world.

This “best in class” Conference will feature an exciting agenda that encompasses a wide variety of issues pharmaceutical microbiologists face and work in partnership to solve daily. A theme of collaboration is woven throughout the Conference, focusing on how we work together to solve highly complex problems and develop novel, compliant, and robust solutions to ensure products are of the highest quality for patients. The “Ask the Experts” interactive session returns by popular demand!

Hear presentations at concurrent sessions from global regulatory and industry experts who will share recent case studies and current trends in the field of pharmaceutical microbiology. Hot topics include:


  • Quality Management for the Microbiology Laboratory
  • Updates from USP
  • Innovation in Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Data Integrity – Current Regulatory Perspective
  • Manufacturing Challenges – The Future of Biotech

In addition, PDA will host an exhibition of leading bio/pharmaceutical companies who will showcase new technologies and trends for pharmaceutical microbiology strategies. And don’t miss the poster presentations highlighting the latest research and developments in this exciting field! Lunch, refreshment breaks, and the Networking Reception will provide a relaxed environment to view posters, visit vendors, and interact with others to discuss topics from the day’s presentations.

Attend this Conference for the unique opportunity to contribute to future advancements in pharmaceutical microbiology.


Brooke Schneider, CMP
Manager, Programs
Tel: (301) 656-5900 ext. 111

Registration Customer Care
Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 ext. 115

Exhibition Inquiries
David Hall
Vice President, Sales 
Tel: +1 (240) 688- 4405

Course Inquiries
Stephanie Ko
Senior Manager, Lecture Education 
Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 ext. 151

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Conference and Workshop Registration | October 15-18


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Conference Registration | October 15-17


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Government/Health Authority/Academic


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Young Professional Member †


By August 4, 2018

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One Day Only Fee

Monday/Tuesday Only

PDA Member


All prices in US dollars.

* For this member type or discounted rate, online registration is not available and must be faxed in.

Please note: In order to receive the prevailing registration rate, your registration(s) must be received by PDA by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before the date noted.

Please read PDA's confirmation, substitution, refund, and photo release policies for this workshop and course.

Group Registration Discount

Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the Conference or Workshop and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

Special Dietary Requirements

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirement we may assist you with. Please contact us at for help.

CONFIRMATION: A letter of confirmation will be sent to you once payment is received. You must have this written confirmation to be considered enrolled in a PDA event. Please allow one week for receipt of confirmation letter. If you have submitted a purchase order or requested an invoice please be advised that a credit card guarantee is needed. Please be advised that if your payment or written cancelation notice is not received by August 16, 2018 your credit card will be charged the prevailing rate.

SUBSTITUTIONS: If you are unable to attend, substitutions can be made at any time, including onsite for a fee of $200. If you are a non-member substituting for a member, you will be required to pay the difference non-member fee. If you are pre-registering as a substitute attendee, indicate this on the registration form.

REFUNDS: Refund requests must be in writing and faxed to +1 (301) 986-1093. (Emails and phone messages are not accepted). Refunds for Full Conference, Workshops and Events: If your written request in received on or before August 16, 2018, you will receive a full refund minus a $200 processing fee. After that time, no refunds or credit requests will be approved. Onsite registrants are not guaranteed to receive Conference materials until all advanced registered attendees receive them. PDA reserves the right to modify the material or speakers/instructors without notice or to cancel an event. If an event must be canceled, registrants will be notified by PDA in writing as soon as possible and will receive a full refund. PDA will not be responsible for airfare penalties or other costs incurred due to cancelation. For more details, contact PDA at or +1 (301) 656-5900.

PLEASE NOTE: Photo ID will be required in order to pick up badge materials on-site. This important security procedure will prevent anyone other than the registrant from picking up their badge and materials.

RECORDING/PHOTO RELEASE: By registering for these events, I authorize PDA to record and photograph me and to use the recordings/photographs in all formats and media for any purpose, including for education, marketing and trade purposes. I hereby release PDA from all claims arising out of the use of the recordings/photographs, including without limitation all claims for compensation, libel, invasion of privacy or violation of copyright ownership. Tape recordings are prohibited at all PDA Conferences.

Bethesda North Marriott HotelBethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Phone: +1 (301) 822-9200

The room block will open in APRIL 2018. Please check back at that time.

Rate: Single: $269.00, plus applicable state and local taxes.

Cut Off Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 (Rooms must be secured by this date in order to receive the PDA rate). Rates are guaranteed until the PDA block of rooms are sold out on a first come basis.

Hotel Accommodations

To make reservations at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, please call the Hotel at +1 (301) 822-9200 and reference the PDA Meeting to receive the PDA group rate. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m.

Individual Cancellation

Please be aware that obtaining and canceling hotel reservations is the responsibility of the meeting registrant. Individuals will be responsible for payment of their own cancellation fees. The cancellation policy is 6:00 p.m. on the date of arrival otherwise specified on your reservation information.


The Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center is adjacent to the White Flint METRO Station on the RED line offering easy access to Rockville, Bethesda, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. All 220 guest rooms and suites provide high-speed Internet, upgraded Marriott Revive bedding, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron, and an ironing board. This hotel has a smoke-free policy and no pets are allowed.


Area Airports
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is approximately 20 miles from the hotel and all major carriers service this airport. Two other airports in the vicinity are both serviced by all major carriers: Dulles International, 24 miles away, and Baltimore-Washington International, 34 miles away.

Ground Transportation
Taxi fares from DCA are approximately $55 one way, not including tip, and will take about 30 minutes. One way taxi fares from Dulles is approximately $55 and from BWI about $75.

Bethesda North Marriott is located on Marinelli Road off of Rockville Pike in Rockville.

The Bethesda North Marriott is located on the RED line at the White Flint Station.

Hotel Parking
$15 Self Parking

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities are Available!

The 13th Annual PDA Microbiology Conference offers exciting and unique sponsorship and exhibition packages designed to strengthen brand image, increase visibility, and help you connect with industry leaders. This Conference will bring together industry experts from microbiology, manufacturing, laboratories, compliance, quality, research and development, engineering, validation, regulatory affairs as well as executives, managers, scientists, technicians and analysts.

At this conference you will be exposed to high quality attendees from a variety of manufacturing companies – making this a must attend meeting. In addition, high profile sponsorships are available for lanyards, notepads, audience response systems, tote bags, pens, refreshment breaks, lunch and networking reception. We’ll create a customized sponsorship to fit your needs and budget.

For more information about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

David Hall, Vice President, Sales

Tel: +1 (301) 760-7373
Cell: +1 (240) 688-4405
Fax: +1 (301) 986-0296

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