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14th PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology

14th Annual PDA Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Oct 21 - Oct 23, 2019
Rockville, MD

Magnifying the S.C.O.P.E. of Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Science, Compliance, Opportunity, Products, and Engagement

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The 14th Annual PDA Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology continues the ongoing tradition of addressing the opportunities and challenges most relevant to the future of microbiology in today’s global market. Join new and seasoned professionals from all facets of the field, including global industry, academia, and regulatory authorities, to share insights on how to best prepare for the future through the sharing of best practices, development of standards, and integration of innovative technologies.

Take a look at the many opportunities that will shape the future of the pharmaceutical industry, such as how to best use non-compendial methods for microbial testing of new products, how to overcome challenges with aseptic processing, and what might be in store for the effective use of risk assessment and mitigation in product manufacturing, environmental monitoring, and microbial control. Additionally, the science of biotech microbiology and its impact on the industry in a dynamic fast paced global manufacturing environment will be addressed throughout the Conference.

The comprehensive program agenda will include presentations from global regulatory and industry experts who will share recent case studies and current trends in the field of pharmaceutical microbiology. The Conference will also highlight the following hot topics:

  • Novel biotechnology processes, including cell and gene therapies
  • Globalization of aseptic processing
  • Common microbial deficiencies in regulatory filings and inspections
  • Contamination control case studies
  • Innovative technologies, products, and processes

There will be plenty of opportunities to listen to and directly interact with all the speakers, in addition to lively Q&A sessions that promise to stimulate the discussions and encourage attendee participation. Interactive breakfast sessions will feature small group discussions on topics important to the industry.

During the conference, PDA will host many poster presentations and an exhibition of leading bio/pharmaceutical companies that will showcase new technologies and trends for pharmaceutical microbiology strategies.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Sunday, October 20

    3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Registration Open

  • Monday, October 21

    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Registration Open

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    P1: Opening Plenary and Keynote Address

    Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a stomach bug. Steffanie dosed Tom with an antibiotic and expected the discomfort to pass. Instead, his condition turned critical.

    Local doctors at an Egyptian clinic, an emergency medevac team and then a German hospital failed to cure him. By the time Tom reached the world-class medical center at UC San Diego, where both he and Steffanie worked, bloodwork revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom was fighting one of the most dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the world.

    Frantic, Steffanie combed through research old and new and came across phage theory: the idea that the right virus, aka "the perfect predator," can kill even the most lethal bacteria. Phage treatment had fallen out of favor almost 100 years ago, after antibiotic use went mainstream. Now, with time running out, Steffanie appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help. . . and together they achieved a major medical breakthrough.

    The Perfect Predator is a nail-biting account of how Steffanie resurrected a forgotten cure—allying with the FDA, researchers from Texas A&M, and a clandestine Navy biomedical center—to design a treatment and save her husband before it was too late. The Perfect Predator is a story of love and against-all-odds survival, detailing how Steffanie helped uncover the science behind a powerful new weapon in the global superbug crisis.

    8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
    Welcome and Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chair

    8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    Steffanie A. Strathdee, PhD, Professor, Medicine, UC San Diego and Author, The Perfect Predator

    9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Q&A and Discussion

    9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    Refreshment Break

    10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions

    11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall with Lunch, Poster Presentations, and Tech Talks

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions

    3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Refreshment Break and Poster Presentations in Exhibit Hall

    4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions

    5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Networking Reception and Poster Presentations in Exhibit Area
  • Tuesday, October 22

    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Registration Open

    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast

    7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
    Breakfast Session

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    P2: Genes in Space-3 Successfully Identifies Unknown Microbes in Space

    In this session, Dr. Sarah Wallace will provide her unique perspective as the Principal Investigator for the Genes in Space-3 Project aboard the International Space Station.

    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Sarah Wallace, PhD, Microbiologist, NASA

    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Q&A and Discussion

    10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Refreshment Break, Passport Drawing, and Poster Presentations in Exhibit Hall

    10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions

    12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Networking Lunch, Passport Drawing, Poster Presentations, and Tech Talks in Exhibit Hall

    1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions

    3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Refreshment Break, Passport Drawing, and Poster Presentations in Exhibit Hall

    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    P4: Circle of Leaders

  • Wednesday, October 23

    7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Registration Open

    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast

    7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
    Breakfast Session

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    P4: Never Home Alone

    Join Dr. Rob Dunn is this session where he will talk participants through the natural history of the wilderness in their homes, from the microbes in their showers to the crickets in their basements.

    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Rob Dunn, PhD, Professor, Applied Ecology, NC State University and Author, Never Home Alone

    9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Q&A and Discussion

    10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Refreshment Break

    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    P5: Ask the Regulators

    During this interactive session, FDA will provide insight into questions posed by audience participants. The session is targeted to participants from all segments of the pharmaceutical industry and will provide valuable perspectives from agency experts. Don't miss this unique opportunity to interact with regulators in an open forum focused exclusively on your microbiology concerns!

    12:00 p.m.
    Closing Remarks from the Conference Co-Chair

Highlighted Speakers

Rob Dunn
Rob Dunn
Steffanie Strathdee
Steffanie Strathdee
Sarah Wallace
Sarah Wallace

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    At the completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

    • Broaden their knowledge in many areas of Microbiology by listening to the leaders in the industry in such topics as novel processes, products, and technologies
    • Deepen their understanding of topics such as microbial risk, microbial control, and endotoxin testing
    • Identify current and future trends in Microbiology
    • Implement improvements at their own facilities using information gained through expert presentations and networking opportunities
    • Identify local regulatory and pharmacopeial expectations
    • Understand global aspects of microbiology and aseptic processing
    • Summarize best practices for utilizing EM data to control processes
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    Departments: Microbiology, Compliance, Engineering, Manufacturing, QA/QC, Development, Regulatory Affairs, Research and Development, Validation

    Level of Expertise: Executives, Management, Scientists/Technicians

    Job Function: Scientist/Technician, Research, Analyst, Bench Personnel

  • Accreditation


    Continuing Education for Pharmacists

    ACPE PDA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants may sign up to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credits. To do so, participants must sign in at the beginning of the program, submit the provided evaluation forms and mail the CPE credit request to the address stated on the form. Attendees must be present at the full event to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education credit, which will be awarded as follows:

    Type of Activity: Knowledge

    ALERT   ACPE and NABP developed the CPE Monitor that allows pharmacists to electronically track their continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. The CPE Monitor will reject any CPE credit requests submitted past 60 days from date of ACPE-accredited activity. Always submit CPE activity claims as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the ACPE or NABP website.

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Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Rd
Rockville, MD
Phone: +1 (301) 822-9200

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  • Accommodations

    Book within the PDA block and be automatically entered to win a daily treat delivered to your hotel room!

    A block of rooms have been reserved for meeting participants at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The rate is $249 for single or double occupancy. Guestroom rates are subject to State and Local taxes. Reservations must be secured by Monday, September 16, 2019. After this date, reservations can be made on a space-and-rate available basis only. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

    To make reservations, individuals may click on the reservation link above or call the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at +1 (301) 822-9200. Please make sure to tell the reservationist that you are with the PDA Meeting to receive the PDA group rate.

    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. (EDT) on the date of arrival otherwise specified on your reservation information.

  • Amenities
    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.

How to Get Here

By Air

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.

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.

By Car

Bethesda North Marriott is located at 5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD 20852.

$15 Self Parking

Other Options

More information coming soon.


Registration Fees

Early Registration
Registration Type Price by August 9
Conference Conference + Workshop
Member $2,195 $3,340
Non-member $2,474 $3,819
Young Professional Member $1,098
Gov’t/Health Auth./Academic Member $700
Gov’t/Health Auth./Academic Non-member* $800
Student Member $280
Student Non-member* $310

Regular Registration
Registration Type Price after August 9
Conference Conference + Workshop
Member $2,795 $4,240
Non-member $3,074 $4,719
Young Professional Member $1,398
Gov’t/Health Auth./Academic Member $700
Gov’t/Health Auth./Academic Non-member* $800
Academic Member $700
Academic Non-member* $800
Student $280
Student Non-member* $310

One Day Only Registration
Member $1,238
Non-member $1,350

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

† You must be a member to receive this rate.

All rates in US dollars. To receive the prevailing rate, PDA must receive your registration(s) by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before the date noted.

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

If you require special accommodations and/or have special dietary requirements, please state them in the appropriate field when you register for the event(s).

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: PDA will send you a confirmation letter within one week of payment being received. You must have this confirmation letter to be considered enrolled in a PDA event. If you have submitted a purchase order or requested an invoice, please be advised that a credit card guarantee is needed. PDA reserves the right to modify the material or speakers/trainers without notice or to cancel an event. If an event is cancelled, registrants will be notified by PDA as soon as possible and will receive a full refund. PDA will not be responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation. Please note that the attendee list is shared with attendees and exhibitors and may be used to follow up on specific areas of interest after the event. Tape recordings are prohibited at all PDA events. For more information, contact or +1 (301) 656-5900.

SUBSTITUTION: If a substitution request is sent by Sep 22, 2019, no fee will be charged. After Sep 22, 2019, a $200 fee will be charged. If you are a non-member substituting for a member, you will be required to pay the difference of the non-member fee.

REFUND: If a refund request is sent by Sep 22, 2019, a full refund will be given minus a $200 fee. After Sep 22, 2019, no refunds will be given. Refund requests must either be faxed to + (301) 986-1093 or emailed to Phone messages are not accepted.


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    Manager, Programs
    Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 ext. 111

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