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2016 PDA Annual Meeting

Achieving Manufacturing Excellence: Current Trends and Future Technologies in Bioprocessing
Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2016 |
Mar 16, 2016 |
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country | San Antonio, TX
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Call for Posters

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Submit an abstract for a one-day poster presentation at the 2016 PDA Annual Meeting by August 24. Abstracts related to novel manufacturing and analytical technology are preferable, but those addressing improving manufacturing performance, changing regulatory landscape technology as well as advances and expectations are also welcome.

The Opening Plenary session at the 2015 PDA Annual Meeting looked closely at how approved personalized medicine products are changing the traditional concepts of manufacturing. The session also focused on how the business environment around manufacturing is changing and the impact it has on the industry going forward.

Biotechnology and bioprocessing continue to advance as novel therapies emerge for the treatment of a variety of diseases. In response to new molecular modalities and novel molecular entities, development and manufacturing approaches are evolving to meet the challenges associated with reliably and efficiently producing and supplying these products to enable patient access globally. The 2016 PDA Annual Meeting is the most significant conference to attend to gain the newest and most comprehensive information about innovative biopharmaceutical approaches and the bioprocessing technologies and manufacturing sciences being applied for development and commercialization.

The three main tracks of the meeting, “Advances in Bioprocess Development," “Innovation in Manufacturing Sciences,” and “Lifecycle Management and Continuous Improvement” will address many of the current challenges facing industry. Plenary sessions are focused on novel biopharmaceutical therapies, rapid product development approaches and manufacturing considerations. The program, which also includes breakfast and interest group sessions, is designed to offer science, innovation and technology information in a format that allows participants to gain a broad perspective on key topics as well as the opportunity to select the areas that are of most importance to them.

We will hear from experts involved in discovering novel therapies, rapid product development, bioprocess advances, manufacturing sciences, control strategies, regulatory submission and lifecycle management planning along with many other important topics. The 2016 PDA Annual Meeting is the most inclusive event, which provides insight into current and future trends in bioprocessing and manufacturing, providing participants the information they will need to prepare for the next wave of biopharmaceutical innovation. The PDA Annual Meeting also offers abundant networking opportunities for peer to peer discussion during the breaks and social events.

Please be sure and mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this exceptional information and networking opportunity.

Learning Objectives

  • Gather current trends in upstream and downstream process development and assess utility of future technology applications in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing
  • Discover manufacturing needs required to process and supply novel cell therapies and personalized medicines
  • Examine approaches to mitigate supply chain risks for biopharmaceuticals and cell therapies and define effective strategies for implementation.
  • Explore practical solutions for using analytical control systems, product and process monitoring information to successfully drive continuous improvement over the product lifecycle.
  • Understand the current issues with microbiological and adventious agent control strategies and identify strategies to mitigate risks.
  • Gain best practices for successful technology transfers and application of data to support process validation.
  • Uncover approaches to increase global access to medicines and describe industry response strategies to worldwide health crises, like Ebola.

Who Should Attend

Job Function:

  • Executive and Mid-Level Management
  • Project Management
  • Technical Services
  • Supply Chain
  • Manufacturing Application
  • Risk Management


  • Manufacturing
  • Quality
  • Research & Development
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Engineering
  • Laboratory Science
  • Information Technology
  • Validation
  • Training


Registration inquiries

Wanda Neal,CMP
Sr. VP Programs and Registration Services
(301) 656-5900 ext. 111

(301) 656-5900 ext. 115

Exhibition inquiries


David Hall
Vice President, Sales
Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 ext. 160
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Conference and Workshop Registration

Before January 11, 2016 January 11-February 11, 2016 After February 11, 2016
Member $2,545 $2,795 $3,045
Nonmember $2,804 $3,054 $3,304

Conference Registration

Before January 11, 2016 January 11-February 11, 2016 After February 11, 2016
Member $1,895 $2,095 $2,295
Nonmember $2,154 $2,354 $2,554
Government/Health Authority Member $700 $700 $700
Government/Health Authority Nonmember* $800 $800 $800
Academic Member $700 $700 $700
Academic Nonmember* $800 $800 $800
Student Member $280 $280 $280
Student Nonmember* $310 $310 $310

All prices in US dollars.

* For this member type, online registration is not available 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 4 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the conference and receive the 5th 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 cancellation notice is not received by January 13, 2016 your credit card will be charged the prevailing rate.

SUBSTITUTIONS: If you are unable to attend, substitutions can be made at any time, including on site at the prevailing rate. 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/Events: If your written request in received on or before January 13, 2016, you will receive a full refund minus a $200 processing fee. After that time, no refunds or credit requests will be approved. On-site 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 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 cancellation. 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.

Please read: PDA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than PDA or the PDA chosen hotel contacts you suggesting that they represent any PDA event, they do not. It is PDA’s recommendation that you book your hotel directly through the official PDA chosen hotel that is listed on our web site.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
23808 Resort Parkway
San Antonio, TX USA 78261
Tel: +1 210-276-2500
Reservations: +1 866-882-4420

Rate: Single/Double: $269, plus 16.75% state and local taxes.


Cut Off Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 (A PDA block of rooms are available on a first come basis and must be secured by the cut-off date to receive the PDA rate).  After the cut-off date, rooms will be available at the prevailing rate based on availability.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms have been reserved for meeting participants at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. The rate is $269 for single or double occupancy, plus 16.75% state and local taxes. Reservations must be secured by Friday, February 12, 2016. 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 11:00 a.m.

To make reservations, individuals may call the JW Marriott at +1 866-882-4420. Please make sure to tell the reservationist that you are with the PDA group attending the 2016 PDA Annual Conference 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 72 hours prior to check-in.


Located just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio and the airport, the JW Marriott Resort is situated in Texas Hill Country in Cibolo Canyons, where crystal clear streams and towering oak and cedar trees meet the majesty of the hills. The elements of authentic roots, hacienda style, beautiful views and healing waters serve as the inspiration in bringing this magnificent resort to life. The Hill Country resort features 265,000-square-feet of meeting space, two TPC golf courses and a sophisticated spa.


Area Airports
San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is located 14 miles south of the JW Marriott Resort.

Ground Transportation
Taxi service to the JW Marriott is approximately $45 one way, not including tip.

Shuttle service is available through Go Shuttle at a rate of $35 each way (per person). Reservations are required and can be made online via

From North HWY 281, take a right at the light onto TPC Parkway. The JW Marriott Resort will be located on your left on Resort Parkway.

Hotel Parking
Self-Parking at the JW Marriott Resort is Complimentary. Valet parking is $29 overnight or $15 daily for up to 9 hours.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities are Available!

The 2016 PDA Annual Meeting will provide your company with the premier opportunity to gain access to and network with hundreds of key decision makers from the biopharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry. Become a sponsor of and/or exhibit at the 2016 PDA Annual Meeting to connect with industry thought leaders, strengthen your brand image, showcase your technology, launch new products, and show your company’s strong commitment to the industry.

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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Please read: PDA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than PDA or the PDA chosen hotel contacts you suggesting that they represent any PDA event, they do not. It is PDA's recommendation that you book your hotel directly through the official PDA chosen hotel that is listed on our web site.