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2022 PDA Robotics and Automation Conference

May 16 - May 17, 2022
Dublin, Ireland

Digital Evolution within the Pharma Industry - from Pitfalls to Fast Track Implementation

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Explore an exciting line-up of industry experts sharing their expertise and best practices in their presentations and interactive sessions with group work!

As a special highlight, this event will take place in parallel with the 2022 PDA Medical Devices and Connected Health Conference at the same venue! Participants of either event will have access to the program of the respective other and enjoy the benefits of a joint Exhibition and Poster Session!


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA, we are proud to invite you at the second edition of the Robotics and Automation Conference to take place face-to-face in Dublin, Ireland on 16-17 May 2022.

While concepts of robots and automation might have been considered nice to have a few years ago, the global pandemic has accelerated the importance of speed while maintaining our standards of safety. We will cover a wide range of topics ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to biopharmaceutical processes, digital transformation drivers, laboratory automation initiatives and robotization in drug manufacturing.

Robots and automation are expected to be faster, reduce human errors by significant factors and mitigate contamination risks to a minimum. These technologies cover for the worker shortages that some areas experience and they can do tasks in dangerous settings. The question we usually get, though, is whether these technologies are truly safe, robust and beneficial for the patients. It’s necessary to understand that the heart and soul of automation and robot orchestration lies in multiple elements like artificial intelligence built out from human feedback and a careful initial set up, connectivity, cloud and sensorics. These technologies are not set up in a vacuum and they continue to get reviewed and refined by humans. We are not replacing human knowledge but rather augmenting our capacity to create and innovate to bring our ideas to reality in a way that is safer and faster than ever before.

Regulatory bodies are ready for these technologies, too. The industry has the task to measure, record, trace, and analyze all data to continuously improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of our drugs. Smart systems can help us manage the variability and complexity of this new reality.

We are very much looking forward to hearing from each of you about the ideas you have for the opportunities in this space, the technical solutions you have discovered, and the challenges you would like to overpass. There can no longer be any doubt that digitization and automation and the discussions we have here will help catapult our Life Science organizations into this brave new world. Furthermore, we want to listen to your voice and a dynamic session will be managed to gather your thoughts.

We look forward to seeing you take part in this highly engaging and interactive Conference!

The Chairs

Toni Manzano, Aizon
Martin Düblin, One One Eleven


  • Toni Manzano, Aizon, Chair
  • Martin Düblin, One One Eleven, Chair
  • Dieter Bachmann, Janssen J&J
  • Mag Corduff, Odyssey VC 
  • Yvonne Duckworth, CRB Group
  • Christine Eckardt, PM Group
  • Reyk Horland, TissUse
  • Marilyn Romieux, Merck KGaA
  • Philipp Schmid, CSEM
  • Kevin Smyth, IPS
  • Glenn Wright, PDA
  • Falk Klar, PDA
  • Stefanie Nebelin, Manager Programs & Events, PDA


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Monday, 16 May


    Welcome and Introduction
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    Toni Manzano, Aizon
    Martin Dueblin, One One Eleven

    09:15 I Opening Keynote: Beyond Robotics: State of the Art Automation Solutions for Pharma
    Fabian Stutz, Pharmabotix

    Opening Session: Current State of the Industry
    Moderator: Toni Manzano, Aizon

    09:40 I How the Association of Food and Drug Officials support the AI Implementation in Biopharma
    Timothy W. Hsu, AFDO/RAPS

    10:00 I Robotics for Advanced In Vitro Organ Degeneration Models for Musculoskeletal Research
    Philipp Schmid, CSEM

    10:20 I How Robotic Solutions Can Futureproof Pharmaceutical Production
    Rudolf Weiss, Staeubli Tec-Systems

    10:40 I Panel Discussion

    11:15 - 11:45
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 1: Digital Transformation
    Moderator: Yvonne Duckworth, CRB Group

    11:45 I Enhanced Data Integrity and Real Time Recording in Microbiological Quality Control
    Claude Dedry, salamanderU
    Markus Prengel, Merck KGaA

    12:10 I Digital Transformation: Utilization of Cloud-Based Digital Tools
    to Improve Efficiencies & Facilitate GxP Compliance
    Oisín Curran, Odyssey VC

    12:35 I Q&A, Discussion

    13:05 - 14:05
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 2: Lab Automation
    Moderator: Dieter Bachmann, Janssen J&J

    14:05 I Future of Robotics & Automation in Quality Control
    Anke Hossfeld, Merck KGaA

    14:25 I How Automation and Robotics form part of the 6A's of the Laboratory of the Future
    Kieron McGrath, PM Group

    14:45 I A Glimpse in the Future of Automated in Environmental Monitoring
    Aram Montazami, Novatek
    Anne-Grit Klees, Merck KGaA

    15:05 I Q&A, Discussion

    15:30- 16:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 3: Manufacturing Processes
    Moderator: Marilyn Romieux, Merck KGaA

    16:00 I Facility on Robotics for Aseptic Manufacturing
    Richard Denk, SKAN

    16:35 I Fully automated handling: From pallet through inspection back to pallet – without any operator intervention
    Rupert Depner, Koerber Pharma Inspection
    Yannick Danguel, Eli Lilly

    16:50 I Autonomous Movement of Robots Between Control non-classified and Grade D Areas
    David Wolton, Takeda

    17:15 I Q&A, Discussion

    17:45 End of Conference Day 1 and Networking Event


  • Tuesday, 17 May


    Welcome to Day 2

    Martin Dueblin, One One Eleven
    Toni Manzano, Aizon

    Session 4: From Artificial Intelligence in R&D to Process Control in Cell & Gene
    Moderator: Christine Eckardt, Johnson & Johnson

    09:05 I On-line Monitoring of Cellular Dynamics in Culture Bioreactors
    Thomas Guyon, Ovizio Imaging Systems

    09:30 I Synthetic Data Generation Utilising Artificial Intelligence - Proven Opportunities for Biopharma and Robotics
    David Hubmayr, CSL Behring

    10:00 I Q&A, Discussion

    10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    11:00 I Session 5: Round Table Discussions
    Moderator: Florian Huber, TissUse

    Data Integration - Working Group 1
    Moderator: Toni Manzano, Aizon

    Planning for and integrating data to enable machine learning

    Process Validation - Working Group 2
    Moderator: Martin Dueblin, One One Eleven

    Moving to a state of continuous validation by integrated data and machine learning

    Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing - Working Group 3
    Moderator: Philipp Schmid, CSEM

    ATMP: Production scalability challenges for robotics, sensors, and novel equipment

    Sterile Processing / Parenteral Drug Manufacturing - Working Group 4
    Moderator: Yvonne Duckworth, CRB Group

    Challenges and lessons learned automating sterile operations

    11:45 I Summary of Round Tables & Take-Home Message

    12:30- 13:30
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Closing Plenary: Current State of the Art in the Pharma Industry and Next Steps
    Moderator: Martin Dueblin, One One Eleven

    13:30 I AI Good Practices in Continued Process Verification: The Path to Integrate Multivariate Control Automation in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
    Joeri van Wijngaarden, Aizon

    14:00 I Laying the Foundation for Modern Robotics - An Introduction to the Robotics Network Team and Current Projects
    Markus Stuebchen, F. Hoffmann - La Roche

    14:30 - 15:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    15:00 I mRNA Drug Manufacturing Controlled by a Digital Twin
    Cleo Kontoravdi, Imperial College of London

    15:30 I Closing Panel Discussion with Panelists

    16:15 I Conference Summary by the Chairs

    Martin Dueblin, One One Eleven
    Toni Manzano, Aizon

    16:25 I Closing Remarks & Farewell
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe

    16:30 End of Conference

    Agenda is subject to change without notice, Speakers are invited, pending confirmation

Highlighted Speakers

Richard  Denk
Richard Denk
Anke Hossfeld
Anke Hossfeld
Merck KGaA
Timothy W Hsu
Timothy W Hsu
Cleo Kontoravdi
Cleo Kontoravdi
Imperial College London
Markus Prengel
Markus Prengel
Merck KGaA
Philipp Schmid
Philipp Schmid
Markus Stuebchen
Markus Stuebchen
Hoffmann La-Roche
Rudolf Weiss
Rudolf Weiss
Staeubli Group

Additional Information

  • Who Should Attend
    Pharma Companies
    • Biopharmaceutical Companies
    • Start-ups/Emerging Companies
    • Raw Materials
    • Consumables
    • Equipment
    Governmental Health Authorities
    • National/Local Authorities
    • European Authorities
    • International Authorities
    Service Providers
    • CDMOs
    • Contract Test Laboratories
    • Logistic Companies
    • Freelancer
    • Consulting Firms
    • Universities
    • Academic Research Institutes

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Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport

Northwood Park
Dublin, Ireland

Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport


For accommodation PDA recommends the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport. Distance to conference venue: 1.7km

There will be also a shuttle service provided from the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport to the conference venue Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport in the morning as well after the end of each conference day.

  • Accommodations

    Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport

    Old Airport Rd, Cloghran,
    Dublin, K67 P5C7,
    Tel: +353 1 866 7500 

    Make your Reservation

    Rate: Single Room € 150 per night*
    Rate: Double Room € 160 per night*

    * Rates are per room and night, including the following services and benefits free of charge:

    • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
    • Wireless Internet Connection (WI-FI)
    • VAT, Taxes and Service will apply

    Make your reservations as early as possible to guarantee your room. PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until 28 March 2022.

    The 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.

  • Amenities

    The Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport is a 4-star modern boutique hotel, located just off the M1 & M50 motorways, only 4 minute’s drive from the conference venue Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport. The hotel provides a 24-hour shuttle bus service to and from the airport for all guests as well as ample on-site parking.

How to Get Here

By Air

The Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport is 3 km away from Dublin International Airport

By Car

The Crowne Plaza Dublin Northwood is set in parkland, close to highways M1 and M50, and 15 minutes from central Dublin. At Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport, self-parking is available for a daily rate of 6 EUR.

Other Options

The nearest train station is Connolly Station


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Non-member €1.995
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Early Career Professional (Member) €945

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