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2020 PDA Rapid Microbiological Methods Workshop

Oct 21 - Oct 22, 2020
Washington, DC and Online

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Program Highlights
The deadline to submit your abstract has been extended.
The Program Planning Committee invites you to submit a scientific abstract for a 30-minute podium presentation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Case studies in the validation of rapid microbiological methods (RMM)
  • RMM implementation for sterile and non-sterile products, gene and cell therapy (ATMP), and compounding pharmacies
  • RMM for in-process testing, environmental monitoring, and water testing
  • Impact of regulations and compendial chapters on the selection, validation and implementation of RMMs
  • Strategies for regulatory submissions of RMM implementation plans
  • Practical use of statistical analyses, demonstrating comparability of existing methods and rapid methods
  • Lessons learned from the development of rapid diagnostic kits for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-19)
  • We are currently accepting abstract submissions on a rolling basis.

    Call for Abstracts


As the pharmaceutical industry continues its fast-moving evolution, the focus on new technologies intensifies. The validation, approval, and implementation of rapid and alternative microbiological methods has also been steadily increasing within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, compounding pharmacy, and advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP, gene and cell therapy) industries. Novel drug products and innovative manufacturing processes now require modern strategies for demonstrating microbiological control.

Attend the 2020 PDA Rapid Microbiological Methods Workshop to gain meaningful insight and practical lessons learned from actual success stories on important issues currently facing the industry. Explore the current landscape for rapid method validation strategies, implementation opportunities, and global regulatory approval processes. Presentations by subject matter experts and global regulators will focus on real-world practices for rapid and alternative microbiology testing of in-process samples and sterile and nonsterile finished product.

This Workshop will present practical approaches to rapid microbiology testing that participants can use in daily work, laboratory, and manufacturing operations.

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Highlighted Speakers

Sven M. Deutschmann
Sven M. Deutschmann
Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Irving Ford
Irving Ford
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Andrew D. Hopkins
Andrew D. Hopkins
AbbVie, Inc.
Michael J. Miller
Michael J. Miller
Microbiology Consultants, LLC
Erika A. Pfeiler
Erika A. Pfeiler
Lisa A.  Wysocki
Lisa A. Wysocki

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    More information coming soon.

  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    • Departments: Microbiology, Compliance, Engineering, Manufacturing, QA/QC, CMC Documentation, Regulatory Affairs, Research and Development, Validation, QP
    • Level of Expertise: Senior Management, Scientists/Technicians
    • Job Function: Supervisor, Researcher, Analyst, Operative Personnel

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Livestream attendance allows you to remotely experience all of the presentations from industry experts who will share recent case studies and current trends. Interactive features in the livestream player allow you to enjoy a collaborative experience that connects you with the global community.


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Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW
Washington, DC and Online
Phone: +1 (202)-582-1234

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Grand Hyatt Washington

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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 Grand Hyatt Washington. The rate is $299 for single or double occupancy. Guestroom rates are subject to State and Local taxes. Reservations must be secured by Monday, September 21, 2020. After this date, reservations can be made on a space-and-rate available basis only. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

    To make reservations, individuals may click on the reservation link above or call the Grand Hyatt Washington at +1 (202) 582-1234. Be 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 3 days in advance of arrival unless otherwise specified on your reservation information.

  • Amenities

    With a pristine location in the heart of Washington D.C. neighborhood, just steps away from downtown, our hotel ensures that you're never far from where you're looking to go. Explore from Grand Hyatt Washington, conveniently connected to the Metro Center train station from our lobby, allowing you to travel the red, orange, silver, and blue lines with ease to the city's beloved destinations and neighborhoods. See all of D.C.'s top sights from our front doors.

How to Get Here

By Air

Reagan National Airport (DCA) is approximately 4.2 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 Airport (IAD), 27 miles away, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), 32 miles away.

Taxi fares from DCA are approximately $25 one way, not including tip, and will take about 15 minutes. One way taxi fares from IAD is approximately $70 and from BWI about $85.

By Car

The Grand Hyatt Washington is located at 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

$42 (per day) Self-Parking. $62 (per day) Valet Parking.

Other Options

The Hotel lobby is connected to the Metro Center Metro Station. Metro fare from Reagan National Airport (DCA) is $2.30 (one-way; Blue Line).


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Regular Price
Registration Type Price by August 10 Price after August 10
Conference Livestream   Conference Livestream
Member $1,495 $1,195   $1,695 $1,195
Non-member $1,695 $1,474   $1,895 $1,474
Young Professional Member $748 $598   $848 $598
Gov’t/Health Auth./Academic Member $700 $700   $700 $700
Gov’t/Health Auth./Academic Non-member* $800 $800   $800 $800
Student Member $280 $280   $280 $280
Student Non-member* $310 $310   $310 $310

* 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.

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