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2022 Rapid Micro Workshop

2022 PDA Rapid Microbiological Methods Workshop

Oct 12 - Oct 13, 2022
Washington, DC

Advancing the State of the Art and Transforming Innovation into Practice

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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 2022 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.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2

    12:00 – 17:30 | Registration

    13:30 – 15:30 | P1
    Moderator: Kevin I. Wright, PhD, Director, Corporate Quality Assurance - Industrial Microbiology, Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd

    13:30 | Welcome Remarks from Workshop Chair
    Michael J. Miller, PhD,
    President, Microbiology Consultants, LLC

    13:40 | Patterns in the Adoption of Microbiological Testing Technologies in the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Tony Cundell, Principal Consultant, Microbiological Consulting, LLC

    14:00 | The USP Position on Modern Microbial Methods
    Regulatory Representative Invited

    14:20 | Patterns in the Adoption of Microbiological Testing Technologies in the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Edward C. Tidswell, Executive Director QA, USP perspective

    14:40 | CBER’s Perspective on Evaluation and Implementation of Rapid Microbial Methods
    Simleen Kaur, Msc, Biologist, Team Lead, CBER, U.S. FDA

    15:00 | Q&A

    15:30 – 16:00 | Refreshment Break

    16:00 – 17:15 | P2: Interactive Statistics Session
    Moderator: Michael J. Miller, PhD, President, Microbiology Consultants, LLC

    17:15 – 18:15 | Networking Reception


    07:00 – 16:00 | Registration

    07:30 – 08:30 | Registration

    08:00 – 09:30 | P3
    Moderator: Lisa A. Wysocki, Microbiology Modernization Lead, GlaxoSmithKline

    08:00 | Industry Working Group Collaboration: The Benefits and Challenges Associated with Implementation of a Bio-Fluorescent Particle Counte
    Allison Scott, Modern Microbial Methods Collaboration Facilitator and Member, Independent Consultant
    Caroline Dreyer, Aseptics Specialist, Novo Nordisk

    08:20 | Online Water Bioburden Analyzer Validation
    Olivia Venhuizen, MS, MPH, PhD, Process Development Scientist, Amgen

    08:40 | Four Case Studies on the Successful Use of Air and Water Based Bio-Fluorescent Particle Counters for Environmental Monitoring and Troubleshooting Applications
    Arundhati Samanta, MA, MBA, Global Product Manager, Mettler-Toledo
    James Francis, Technical Director, Micron View LLC

    09:00 | Q&A

    09:30 – 10:00 | Refreshment Break

    10:00 – 11:00 | P4
    Moderator: Olivia Venhuizen, MS, MPH, PhD, Process Development Scientist, Amgen

    10:00 | Microbiology with Single Cell Sensitivity: The Evaluation of Confocal Raman and Cytometry
    Mehmet Davrandi, PhD, Technical Manager, Procter & Gamble

    10:20 | Real Time Capture and Detection of Microbial Contamination using Dielectrophoresis
    James Auger, Scientist, Pfizer

    10:40 | Q&A

    11:00 – 12:00 | P5: Interactive Role Play Session

    12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch

    13:00 – 14:15 | P6: Supplier Session
    Moderator: Sven M. Deutschmann, Head of Global Analytical Science & Technology "Adventitious Agents Testing & Alternative Microbiological Methods", Global QC, Roche Diagnostics GmbH

    13:00 | Mango’s Automated Compendial Near Real-Time Platform, a Revolution in Microbial Quality Control
    Robin Ross, PhD, Head of Research, Mango Inc.

    13:15 | Primary Validation of the [email protected] MB for the Online Bioburden Analysis of Pharmaceutical Waters
    Pierre Balidas, Head of Research and Development, BWT Pharma & Biotech Inc

    13:30 | Rapid Microcalorimeter Phenotypic Method for Simultaneous Detection and Speciation of Microorganisms Contaminating ATMPs
    Wilhelm Paulander, PhD, Director, Application Development, Symcel

    13:45 | The Groundwork to RTR: Current Developments in Microbiological Sample Preparation from Complex Matrices for Raman Spectroscopic Count & ID
    Oliver K. Valet, PhD, Managing Director, mibiC GmbH & Co. KG

    14:00 | Validation Study of a qPCR-Based Rapid Sterility Test for Final Release of Short Shelf-Life ATMPs
    Kai Nesemann, PhD, Manager of Product Management Microbiology, Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co KG

    14:15 – 14:45 | Refreshment Break

    14:45 – 16:15 | P7
    Moderator: Tony Cundell, Principal Consultant, Microbiological Consulting, LLC

    14:45 | Optimization and Use of the MycoSEQ Mycoplasma Detection Kit for Lot Release  
    Joleen S. Simpson, MS, Principal Biologist, Eli Lilly and Company

    15:05 | Using Nanopore Long Reads Sequencing Technology for Rapid Microbial Species Detection and Risk Assessment    
    Ping Hu, Procter & Gamble Company

    15:25 | The NIST-Led RMTM Consortium:  An Overview of Consortium Activities and Technical Progress Towards Standards Development for RMTMs
    Scott A. Jackson, NIST
    Kirsten Parratt, NIST

    15:45 | Q&A

    16:05 | Closing Remarks from Workshop Chair  
    Michael J. Miller, PhD, President, Microbiology Consultants, LLC


Highlighted Speakers

Sven M. Deutschmann
Sven M. Deutschmann
Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Simleen Kaur
Simleen Kaur
Kai Nesemann
Kai Nesemann
Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co KG
Arundhati Samanta
Arundhati Samanta
Mettler Toledo
Oliver K. Valet
Oliver K. Valet
mibiC GmbH & Co. KG
Olivia Venhuizen
Olivia Venhuizen
Kevin I. Wright
Kevin I. Wright
Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd.
Lisa A.  Wysocki
Lisa A. Wysocki

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this Workshop, you will be able to:

    • Understand the benefits of alternative and RMM technologies as compared with classical microbiological methods
    • Comprehend the regulatory environment, current policies, and expectations for validation, submissions, and implementation from FDA, EMA, and other regulatory authorities
    • Apply industry best practices for validating these new technologies in order to demonstrate that the methods are acceptable for their intended use
  • 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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    A block of rooms have been reserved for meeting participants at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The rate is $309 for single or double occupancy. Guestroom rates are subject to State and Local taxes. Reservations must be secured by Friday, 9 September 2022. 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.

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    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. Parking is available at the following rates: $45 (per day) Self-Parking; $62 (per day) Contactless (SMS) Valet Parking.

Other Options

The Hotel lobby is connected to the Metro Center Metro Station. Metro fare from Reagan National Airport (DCA) is approximately $2.30 (one-way). To plan your trip please visit


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Student (Member/Non-Member) $350 $350
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