2022 PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference

Washington, DC
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Welcome to the 2022 PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference!

This Conference 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
  • Learned lessons in a post COVID world-perspective from industry and regulators

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.

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

  1. 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
  2. Deepen their understanding of topics such as microbial risk, microbial control, and endotoxin testing
  3. Identify current and future trends in Microbiology
  4. Implement improvements at their own facilities using information gained through expert presentations and networking opportunities
  5. Identify regulatory and pharmacopeial expectations
  6. Understand global aspects of microbiology and aseptic processing
  7. Summarize best practices for utilizing EM data to control processes
  8. Apply some of the lessons learned by the pharmaceutical industry and regulators in a post COVID time

Early Bird Pricing

Early Bird Member Price

$1,895

Early Career ProfessionalMember Only

$1,195

Non-Member

$2,195

Standard Pricing

Standard Member Price

$2,395

Early Career ProfessionalMember Only

$1,195

Non-Member

$2,695

See Qualifying Criteria for Member Types.

GROUP REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the event and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

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CANCELLATION: If a cancellation request is received 30 days before the event, a credit (registration fee paid minus a 200.00 USD/EUR processing fee) will be given. No credits will be given for cancellation requests received less than 30 days before the event. Cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected].

Day 1

MONDAY, 10 OCTOBER

07:00 – 17:30 | Registration Open

07:30 – 08:30 | Continental Breakfast

08:30 – 10:00 | P1: Antibiotics: A Double-Edged Sword! 
Moderator: Vineeta A. Pradhan, PhD, Microbiologist, CVM, U.S. FDA

Dr. Martin Blaser, the Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will take us on a deep dive into the human microbiome. This plenary session will focus on how the equilibrium of the internal ecosystem between bacterial and human cells has been severely disrupted due to an overreliance on medical advances such as antibiotics and surgical procedures. The speaker will highlight some groundbreaking scientific evidence and build a compelling case on the unintended impact of antibiotic usage. Dr. Blaser will discuss additional insights from his best-selling book, “Missing Microbes: How the Overuse Of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plague”. Join us for an exciting session to kick off the conference!

08:30 | Welcome from Program Planning Committee Co-Chair
Mitch B. Garber, BS, RPh, Head of Quality Services & Compliance, 2seventy bio

08:45 | The Two-Edged Sword of Antibiotics
Martin Blaser, MD, Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine/RWJMS/Rutgers University

09:30 | Q&A

10:00 – 10:45 | Refreshment Break

10:45 – 12:15  | Concurrent Sessions

A1: Redefining Environmental Monitoring
Moderator: Dan Bice, Associate Director Quality Control Operations, Adaptimmune

During this session, the intent is to provide detailed insight into the major changes and new guidance provided within Technical Report #13 as well as the upcoming Annex 1. Additionally, methods of interpreting environmental monitoring data and using it to create limits, trend data, show the importance of recovery rates and their uses, as well as ensuring you are within regulatory limits.

10:45 | Ways to Evaluate Environmental Monitoring Data as part of a Robust Contamination Control Strategy
Frederic B. Ayers, Advisor – Global Quality Systems, Eli Lilly and Company

11:05 | Changes in the new revision to PDA Technical Report #13, Fundamentals of an Environmental Monitoring Program
Kurt Jaecques, MA, Global Aseptic Technologies Lead Monitoring & Control, GSK Vaccines
Marc Glogovsky, MS, SM (NRCM), Business Unit Manager/Senior Consultant – Microbiology, Valsource, Inc.

11:25 | Q&A

B1: Do You Manage Contamination or Does It Manage You?
Moderator: MaryEllen E. Usarzewicz, MS, Director, QC Microbiology, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Every day we deal with many aspects of contamination, whether we are defining control strategies or solving related critical issues. How we deal with contamination impacts many facets of our business. During this session, points will be considered around the management of contaminated resins, an innovative case study will be presented on performing media fill inspection in just a few hours as well as strategies around upholding container closure.

10:45 | Remediation of Contaminated Protein A resin: Guidance for Operational Teams
Angelica Welch, BS, MSAT Consultant, ValSource
Beth Fulton, Consultant, ValSource

11:10 | What if you Could do your Media Fill Inspection in a Couple of Hours? A Case Study for the Application of Inspection Technology to Micro Testing
Joanny Salvas, Senior Manager, Pfizer

11:30 | Systematically Safeguarding Container Closure System for Controlling Microbial Contamination
Oliver P. Stauffer, MBA, CEO, Packaging Technologies & Inspection LLC

11:55 | Q&A

12:15 – 13:45 | Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall, Networking Lunch, and Poster Presentations

13:45 – 15:15 | Concurrent Sessions

A2: Cleanroom Classics
Moderator: Mitch B. Garber, BS, RPh, Head of Quality Services & Compliance, 2seventy bio

There must be contamination control strategy documentation to support the qualification of clean rooms. The presentations included in this session will explore the differences in clean room qualifications versus monitoring along with a case study on common mistakes and misunderstandings in non-viable particle counting. In addition, there will be a session on the evaluation of a ready to use disinfection regimen to support a contamination control strategy.

13:45 | The Five Micron Particle Dilemma, Common Mistakes and Misunderstandings in Non-Viable Particle Counting (Cleanroom Classification and Monitoring)
Morgan Polen, Cleanroom, Air Flow and Particle Contamination Expert, Microrite, inc.

14:10 | The Evaluation of a Ready to Use Combination Disinfection Regimen to Support a Contamination Control Strategy
Thomas M. Walker, BS, TRD QA Site Lead, Novartis Pharmaceuticals

14:30 | Cleanroom Qualification vs. Monitoring: Differences in Regulatory Expectations
Gilberto Dalmaso, PhD, Technical Science Director for Europe and Asia, Veltek Associates Inc.

14:55 | Q&A

B2: Making it Happen: Applications of Rapid Microbiological Methods
Moderator: Kurt Jaecques, MA, Global Aseptic Technologies Lead Monitoring & Control, GSK Vaccines

Rapid microbiological methods (RMM) are becoming more and more convenient, performant and accepted, or even recommended, by regulatory bodies (referred now in new EU Annex 1). From a Quality Risk Management and contamination control strategy perspective, implementation of RMM can really help gaining process insight, faster root cause detection, prevent risks, and increase productivity. During this session we will be covering 3 interesting applications of RMM (using biofluorescent particle counting and colorimetric detection of CO2). The applications are great examples on how the Pharmaceutical Industry is evaluating, implementing, and even improving RMM and start to make it happen.

13:45 | Development of Improved Mold Recovery for Rapid Sterility Testing Using an Automated Culture System
Dorien Ruegebrink, BASc, Microbiology Specialist, MSD  
Lori Daane, PhD, Sr Director of Scientific Affairs, bioMerieux, Inc

14:10 | Analysis of Short-Term Variations of Microbiological Loads in Purified Water as a Valuable Tool for Root Cause Investigations: Comparison with Culture-Based Methods
Tamara Garcia-Armisen, PhD, Sterility Assurance Manager, GSK

14:30 | Key lessons learned from ongoing pre/post-Implementation of two Automated EM systems within Merck
Jessica E. Long, Microbiology Specialist, Merk & Co., Inc. 
Niels JF Visschers, Senior Specialist Microbiology, MSD

14:55 | Q&A

15:15 – 16:00 | Networking Break and Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

16:00 – 17:30 | Concurrent Sessions

A3:Test for Sterility: Limitations and the Future
Moderator: Frederic B. Ayers, Advisor – Global Quality Systems, Eli Lilly and Company

The first Test for Sterility appeared in the British Pharmacopeia in 1932 utilizing two media and there has not been significant evolution in the past 90-years. Is this appropriate for our innovative industry?

This session will challenge current thought processes and associated methodologies associated with the Test for Sterility. Speakers will also be presenting different approaches to the realities of the Test for Sterility and how to best move the industry forward.

The principles of parametric release are well-described in USP and in other global guidance and standards – is there a pathway for this to become the release mechanism for sterile product?

16:00 | In Pursuit of an Ideal Sterility Test: A novel Approach-Based on Raman Spectroscopy and Multivariate Analysis
Ellen Brunbech, MSc, Principal Scientist, Novo Nordisk A/S  
Ruben A. Grosso, PhD, Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark

16:25 | Parametric Release for Products Terminally Sterilized with Moist Heat: A Call to Action
Kenneth Paddock, Quality Director, Sterility Assurance, Baxter Healthcare

16:55 | Q&A with Additional Panelist
Mike J. Sadowski, Lead Scientist, Baxter

B3: The New Annex 1 is Coming! Are you Ready?
Moderator: Jason L. Willett, Midwest Manager, Veltek Associates, Inc.

Annex 1 has been under revision for quite some time and the new version is anticipated to be enacted in the Fall of 2022. As a result, facilities need to prepare. During this session we will highlight the main requirements for Annex 1 with a practical business case for implementation and compliance. We will also equip the audience with the ability to design an effective risk-based approach to cleaning and disinfection by improving contamination control, understanding expectations, and meeting regulatory requirements including Annex 1.Lastly, we will dive into a mold recovery case study detailing the tools/methods used to determine a root cause and the appropriate actions taken to prevent future occurrences.  Please join us for what is sure to be an engaging session with many valuable takeaways for the audience. 

16:00 | Latest Updates on Reviewed Annex 1 and How to Move Ahead Towards its Compliance
Gilberto Dalmaso, PhD, Technical Science Director for Europe and Asia, Veltek Associates, Inc. 

16:25 | Key Elements to consider for a successful Cleanroom Cleaning and Disinfection Program
James N. Polarine, Jr., MA, Senior Technical Service Manager, Steris Corporation Life Science Technical Service  

16:45 | Mold Recovery in Grade A: What does Investigation Entail?
Gurpreet Ganda, MS, Senior Manager, Roche  

17:05 | Q&A

17:30 – 18:30 | Networking Reception and Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

Day 2

TUESDAY, 11 OCTOBER

07:00 – 17:30 | Registration Open

07:00 – 08:30 | Continental Breakfast

07:15 – 08:15 | Breakfast Session: Current Struggles with a Panel of Experts
Moderator: Frederic B. Ayers, Advisor - Global Quality Systems, Eli Lilly and Company

This session will include subject matter experts that will discuss current struggles on the following topics: Aseptic Processing for Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Products (ATMPs), Aseptic Process Simulation (APS), Container Closure Integrity (CCI), Contamination Control Strategy (CCS), Environmental Monitoring (EM), Knowledge Management, Microbiological Investigation with associated CAPA, Quality Risk Management (QRM), and Training Requirements. This will be your chance to engage and ask questions to a diverse group of Subject Matter Experts in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

07:15 | Panel Discussion
Ziva Abraham, PhD, CEO, Microrite, Inc.
Angie L. Bragdon, MS, Senior Principal Scientist - Sterility Assurance Technology, Eli Lilly and Company 
Irving Ford, MSc, VP of Quality, Adaptimmune 
Stephen E. Langille, PhD, Microbiology Consultant, Valsource 
Anna F. Lau, PhD, D(ABMM), Chief, Sterility Testing Service, National Institutes of Health
Jeff Wigton, MS, MBADirector of Sterility and Microbiology Quality Assurance, Merck

08:3010:00 | P2: Changing Dynamics in Science: Implementation by Pharmaceutical Industry and Future Adaptation
Moderator: Simleen Kaur, MSc, Biologist, Team Lead, CBER, U.S. FDA

Change is inevitable! Science is continually evolving and advancing. Humans and society have always been hesitant to change. Despite innovative advances in pharmaceutical microbiology, implementation of new technology and science has been slow. Specifically, advances in rapid microbiological testing methods have not been widely implemented by manufacturers, mainly due to the fear of finding unknowns and non-acceptance by regulators. Despite enhanced knowledge of novel technologies, and the concept of dynamic good manufacturing practices (GMPs for 21st Century), there is a constant struggle in adapting new innovations.

This presentation will provide an overview of role of pharmaceutical microbiology in ensuring quality of medicines with examples of changes in microbiological methods, their implementation by the industry to build quality in the product (quality by design, QbD) for achieving sustainable compliance.

08:30 | Pharmaceutical Microbiology in Quality of Medicines: Historical Perspectives in Achieving Sustainable Compliance through Evolving Science
Rajesh K. Gupta, PhD, President & Principal Consultant, Biologics Quality & Regulatory Consultants, LLC

09:30 | Q&A

10:00 – 10:45 | Networking Break and Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 – 12:15 | Concurrent Sessions

A4: Wouldn’t It be Nice to Have Expert Advice? Microbiological Investigations: Execution, Documentation, Confirmation, and Regulation 
Moderator: Christine Sherman, BA, Sterilization & Aseptic Processing Global Microbiology Management, Takeda

Microbiologists gain the most experience and knowledge when events do not go as planned. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert guide to help Microbiologists navigate the investigation process? Well that help is here! Kim Sobien was part of the team that created Technical Report (TR) #88 - Microbial Data Deviations in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Kim will provide an overview of this new TR and how it can be used to create thoughtful, scientific, and compliant investigations. The second presentation of this session describes how investigational sampling was able to determine root cause in a contamination event. Steven Wieczorek will present the use of Investigational testing to improve contamination control practices by identifying hard to clean surfaces of equipment. Lastly, this session includes Regulatory Expert, Renée Blosser, who will provide an U.S. FDA perspective on Microbiology investigations, root cause determination, and CAPA effectiveness.  

10:45 | PDA Technical Report #88 - Microbial Data Deviations in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Kim Sobien, MBA, MSAT Contamination Control Lead, GSK

11:10 | Improvement of Contamination Control Practices Using Investigational Testing
Adrian Viteri, Associate Director Manufacturing, Resilience, Inc.

11:30 | Regulatory Perspective
Renée S. Blosser, MS, Microbiologist, CVM, U.S. FDA

11:55 | Q&A

B4: Getting Serious about Reducing Animal Testing
Moderator: Friedrich von Wintzingerode, PhD, QC Lead iNeST (individual Neoepitope Specific Therapy),Genentech Inc

More and more pharmaceutical companies are seriously considering implementation of animal-free pyrogen and endotoxin testing via MAT and rFC. While many companies are still in the planning phase, there is an increasing number of actual implementation work and increasing support by health authorities. The presentations of this session provide an interesting insight into serious efforts to implement MAT and rFC into routine QC both from an industry as well as from a health authority perspective.

10:45 | Assessment of Recombinant Factor C Enzyme Critical Quality Attributes and Impact on Assay Performance
Sarah Johnson, Senior Biologist, OPQ, CDER, U.S. FDA

11:05 | Three years of MAT Proficiency Test Program
Maria Gajewi, Group Leader Endotoxin Services, Microcoat Biotechnologie GmbH

11:25 | The Assessment, Challenges, and Benefits of Implementing an Alternative Endotoxin Method with the use of rFactor C
Emily Murphy, Senior Associate Scientist, Pfizer

11:50 | Q&A

12:15 – 13:45 | Networking Lunch and Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

13:45 – 15:15 | Concurrent Sessions

A5: Objectionable Microorganisms in Nonsterile Pharmaceutical Products
Moderator: Lori L. Daane, PhD, Sr Director of Scientific Affairs, bioMerieux, Inc

This session will take a fresh look at the long-standing issue of defining what is an objectionable microorganism for nonsterile drug products. Do the current and new regulatory guidelines reflect reality? What are the true risks to the patient and how are objectionable microorganisms determined when establishing microbial limits? Case studies will be presented on Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) related to recent product recalls, 483s, warning letters, and facility shutdowns. Information on where BCC is recovered, how best to confirm BCC presence, and steps to eliminate contamination and prevent its reoccurrence will be presented.

13:45 | Objectionable Microorganisms-A Challenge or a Dilemma
Ziva Abraham, PhD, CEO, Microrite, Inc.

14:15 | Case Studies on Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) Investigations and Remediation
Michael J. Miller, PhD, President, Microbiology Consultants, LLC

14:45 | Q&A

B5: The Contemporary Pharmaceutical Microbiology Laboratory: Balancing Novel Technology and Traditional Microbial Identification Methods
Moderator: Lynne A. Ensor, PhD, Senior Vice President & Head of Regulatory Consulting Services Global Compliance, PAREXEL International

Current pharmaceutical microbiology laboratories are often faced with the dilemma between exploring and utilizing emerging technologies versus sticking with traditional, proven, and (typically) regulatory-accepted methods. Two presentations included in this session will explore emerging, novel technology, the use of enzyme indicators (EIs), to support hydrogen peroxide decontamination qualification. The results achieved with EIs will be compared with BIs traditionally used to support qualification studies. Additionally, the advantages and disadvantages to implementing this new technology in qualification studies will be explored. A case study highlighting the use of traditional isolation and identification tools to monitor seasonal shift in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility and their impacts on isolator bio-decontamination will be presented.

13:45 | Enzyme Indicators: A Paradigm Shift in H2O2 Cycle Development and Qualification; Case Studies, Applications, and Forward Thinking from a Pharma Working Group
Terrence Hollis, Sr. Manager, Global Technology and Engineering, Pfizer  
Kate M. Marshall, Global Projects Manager, Protak Scientific  

14:10 | Experiences and Practical Concepts for using Enzymatic Indicators in vH2O2 Bio-Decontamination Cycles: Advantages and Considerations of a New Technology  
Holger Kranenburg, PhD, Senior Scientist GMP Compliance, Franz Ziel GmbH  
Yemi Babatola, MS, Principal Engineer, Amgen Inc.

14:30 | Isolator and Cleanroom Optimisation: Case Study on Inter-Related Dependencies and their Impact on Successful Isolator Bio-Decontamination  
Natasha Steidel, Quality and Validation Analyst, ProSys Group

14:50 | Q&A

15:15 – 16:00 | Networking Break, Passport Raffle, and Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall

16:00 – 17:30 | Concurrent Sessions

A6: Aseptic Manufacturing from a Product Quality Microbiology Perspective: Considerations and Critical Concepts
Moderator: Yeissa M. Chabrier-Rosello, PhD, Senior Pharmaceutical Quality Assessor, CDER, U.S. FDA

Aseptic manufacturing of sterile products entails different considerations from a product quality microbiology perspective. This session will include topics centering on sterility assurance and overall product quality microbiology perspectives for aseptic manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. The discussions will include a case study on the repurposing of an isolator for aseptic manufacturing, development of an effective validation strategy for pharmaceutical clean room disinfectants and the implementation of microbiological quality level concept to assess the efficacy of the different aseptic manufacturing process controls in-place to mitigate microbial contamination during the manufacture of sterile products.

16:00 | Repurposing a Sterility Test Isolator for Aseptic Processing in a Controlled Area
Brian C. Patterson, Sr. Principal Scientist, Alcon Research, LLC

16:20 | Pragmatic Approach for Facility Disinfectant Validation, 2022: Negotiating the Standards for Biologics, ATMPs, and Small Molecule Manufacturing
Harolyn Clow, MS, SM (NRM), Manager, Quality Control Microbiology, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Donald C. Singer, MA, Senior Microbiology Technical Consultant, North America, Ecolab Life Sciences

16:45 | Microbiological Quality Level: A Different Way to Measure Sterility Assurance and Product Quality
Stephen E. Langille, Microbiology Consultant, Valsource

17:10 | Q&A

B6: Technology: Time is now to put Alternative Methods in Place!
Moderator: Lydia Troutman, Director Sterile and Microbiology QA, Merck & Co., Inc.

During this session, the presentations will provide an alternative method to make WFI for pharmaceutical use supported by multiple Pharmacopeias as well as Pulsed light technology (PLT) method used at the clinical scale level to support sterile drug product component decontamination processes. Additionally, a case study will also be presented using rFC method in support of the overcoming challenges with LER.

16:00 | Implementing Membrane-Based Water for Injection Production  
Joseph Manfredi, President/CEO, GMP Systems, Inc.  
Michael R. Pacek, PE, Mid-Atlantic and North Eastern Regional Manager, Stilmas Americas

16:25 | Using Pulsed Light Technology to Enhance Sterility Assurance in a Clinical Scale Isolator-Based Sterile Filling Line
Shawn D. Kinney, PhD, CEO/President, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing  
Lindsey Lungren, MS, Manager of QC Microbiology, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing  

16:50 | Validation of a Mitigation Strategy using a rFC-Based Method to Overcome LER  
Michael Kracklauer, PhD, Manager Endotoxin Services, Microcoat Biotechnologie GmbH

17:10 | Q&A

Day 3

WEDNESDAY, 12 OCTOBER

07:00 – 12:00 | Registration Open

07:00 – 08:45 | Continental Breakfast

07:15 – 08:30 | Breakfast Session: PDA Microbiological Control Related Publications
Moderator: Josh E. Eaton, MS, Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, PDA

Bring your coffee and join us for an overview and discussion of recent PDA microbiology-related publications on the topics of microbiological controls for ATMP manufacturing and development of a contamination control strategy. Authors from the two technical documents will present an overview of the content and answer questions on the decision processes as to what was included in the drafting of the final product.

07:15 | Points to Consider for Microbiological Control in ATMP Manufacturing
Friedrich von Wintzingerode, PhD, QC Lead iNeST (individual Neoepitope Specific Therapy), Genentech, Inc.

07:35 | Contamination Control Strategy Development in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Christine Sherman, BA, Sterilization & Aseptic Processing Global Microbiology Management, Takeda

07:55 | Q&A

08:45 – 10:00 | P3: Innovations to Avoid an Invasive Biopsy
Moderator: Mitch B. Garber, BS, RPh, Head of Quality Services & Compliance, 2seventy bio

This plenary will discuss how liquid biopsy is currently being used at leading academic medical centers to support clinical decision-making, therapy selection, and management of patients with advanced cancer. Next, Dr. Carpenter will talk about the research going on in her lab that will enable new technologies to deliver improved sensitivity and accuracy of testing, thus expanding even further the clinical utility of liquid biopsy for diagnosis and management of cancer.

08:45 | Liquid Biopsy: Recent Advances and Future Directions
Erica Carpenter, MBA, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

09:30 | Q&A

10:00 – 10:30 | Refreshment Break

10:30 – 12:15 | P4: Ask the Regulators
Moderators: John W. Metcalfe, PhD, Master Microbiology Reviewer, CDER, U.S. FDA and Vineeta A. Pradhan, PhD, Microbiologist, CVM, U.S. FDA

During this interactive session, U.S. FDA representatives will provide insight into questions posed by audience participants. The session is targeted to participants from all segments of the pharmaceutical industry for human and animal drugs and will provide valuable perspectives from agency experts who assess microbiological quality of non-sterile and sterile drugs and biologics.  The panel members have extensive experience in several areas pertaining to product sterility assurance, including terminal sterilization, aseptic processing, and compounding.  In addition, expert field investigators will provide their perspectives on inspection-related questions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to interact with regulators in an open forum focused exclusively on your microbiology concerns!

10:30 | Panel Discussion
Renée S. Blosser, MS, Microbiologist, CVM, U.S. FDA
CDR Donald B. Ertel, MS, MT(ASCP), Regulatory Officer, CBER, U.S. FDA
Rick Friedman, MS, Deputy Director, OMQ, OC, CDER, U.S. FDA
Candace Gomez-Broughton, Supervisory Microbiologist, OPQ, CDER, U.S FDA 
Erika A. Pfeiler, PhD, Supervisory Microbiologist, CDER, U.S. FDA
ORA Representative Invited

12:00 | Closing Remarks from the 2023 PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology Co-Chairs


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