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2023 Parenteral Packaging

2023 PDA Parenteral Packaging Conference

Apr 18 - Apr 19, 2023
Lido di Venezia, Italy

Are You Ready? Incorporating Safety, User Centricities, and Sustainability into Packaging Innovation

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Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA, we are proud to invite you to the 13th PDA Parenteral Packaging Conference to take place in Venice, Italy, on 18-19 April 2023.

Undeniably, the world is shifting towards a more sustainable and resource-conscious way of acting. The pharmaceutical industry needs to follow this mind shift as well. And we do. Slowly but steadily, we see more and more initiatives coming up in different companies. Starting with the low-hanging fruits, such as outer packaging and logistics, we work our way into the core of our products, i.e., drug products including the primary packaging components.

At this conference we have distinguished speakers from the industry presenting their approach to sustainability and thus giving us inspiration for how we can start or move this forward in our own company.

However, as with all new topics, there are no real standards for working or measuring success. We are all trying to figure out our own way to contribute, which motivates why this conference is so important to attend. Only by interacting and exchanging ideas can we develop and define best industry practices for approaches to sustainability.

In addition to the conference theme, our core recurring topics of new technologies, materials, and techniques will also be addressed. Packaging development for parenteral preparations cannot be discussed as an isolated activity. Instead, a holistic and integrated approach considering the relevant development interfaces is inevitable. Drug-container interaction is a topic that always provokes new studies and discoveries.

This Conference has traditionally seen a strong mix of representatives from large pharmaceutical companies, packaging component vendors, leaders in manufacturing equipment, and regulatory experts. This enticing mix of delegates provides for a well-rounded conference agenda with top-notch presentations and interactive discussions around the complete pharmaceutical packaging value chain.

Join the PDA packaging community from all over the world and the involved parties, such as pharma companies, large and small, component suppliers, system suppliers, filling line vendors, analytical service providers, global regulators, and start-ups, just to name a few.

Ample exchange will be fostered during lunch and coffee breaks, interactive side events, and exciting evening networking activities. We see over and over again that a virtual meeting just cannot replace a good chat over a coffee or meal. And the location of Venice, Italy provides ample opportunity to refresh the mind with beautiful background scenery!

We are very much looking forward to meeting you once again at the 2023 PDA Parenteral Packaging Conference!

The Chairs

Bettine Boltres, WEST
Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE Instruments


  • Bettine Boltres, WEST
  • Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE Instruments
  • Ryan Forrey, BD
  • Sinue Gomez, Corning
  • Patricia Hughes, U.S. FDA
  • Bram Jongen, Datwyler
  • Arne Kloke, Alliance to Zero on behalf of SCHOTT Pharma
  • Ankur Kulshrestha, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Philippe Lauwers, Terumo
  • Coralie Richard, Eli Lilly & Company
  • Miho Soma, Gilead
  • Folker Steden, SCHOTT
  • Josh Eaton, PDA
  • Falk Klar, PDA Europe
  • Stefanie Nebelin, Manager Programs & Events, PDA Europe


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, 18 April 2023


    Welcome and Introduction
    Falk Klar, PDA
    Bettine Boltres, WEST
    Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE Instruments

    Opening Plenary: Where are we with Sustainability and how we include it in Regulatory Developments?
    Moderator: Bettine Boltres, WEST

    Keynote: The Global Problem of Pharmaceutical Glass Waste
    Krysteline Technologies Ltd

    Having your Cake and Eating it too: Developmental Considerations for Preservative-Free Multidose Drug Products
    U.S. FDA

    Recent Developments in Ph. Eur. Packaging Chapters

    10:40 - 11:10 | Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Towards Circular Packaging and Devices
    Alliance to Zero on behalf of SCHOTT

    Updates on TR73-2 (MDR GSPR Requirements for PFS)
    Bettine Boltres, WEST

    Interactive Questionnaire Session

     Panel Discussion

    12:50 - 14:05 | Lunch Break, Exhibition & Interactive Poster Session

    13:35 I Guided Poster Walk

    Session 1 Track A: Insights from Container Closure System Development
    Moderator: Philippe Lauwers, Terumo

    Impact of Terminal Sterilization on Cartridge Packaging System Development for Suspensions

    Leveraging the Relationship between Viscosity and Injection Force to Optimize Development Cost and Timeline

    Q&A, Discussion

    Session 1 Track B: Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) Part I 
    Moderator: Miho Soma, Gilead

    Unlocking New Paths to Container Closure Integrity Assurance Realization
    SmartSkin Technologies

    Container Integrity in the Time of Covid-19

    Q&A, Discussion

    15:25 - 15:55 | Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 2 Track A: Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTD)
    Moderator: Ryan Forrey, BD

    Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Development of Design Specifications for the Interconnection of Closed System Drug Transfer Devices and Vial Container Closure Systems
    PQRI Group

    Strategies for De-risking of Clinical CSTD use during Chemistry, Manufacturing, Control (CMC) Development
    Merck KGaA

    Q&A, Discussion

    Session 2 Track B: Packaging Material Interactions and Defect Evaluation
    Moderator: Sinue Gomez, Corning

    Extractables Evaluation X-ray or Gamma Irradiated SU Devices and Materials

    Defect Library of Blow-Fill-Seal Containers

    Q&A, Discussion

    17:15 | End of Conference Day 1 and Networking Event

  • Wednesday, 19 April 2023


    Track A: Packaging Science Workshop
    Update on Activities of Interest Group Packaging Science

    Track B: Pre-Filled Syringes Workshop
    Update on Activities of Interest Group Pre-Filled Syringes

    Session 3 Track A: Deep Cold Storage
    Moderator: Patricia Hughes, U.S. FDA

    Container Closure Integrity Phenomenology and Failure Mechanisms during Deep Cold Storage

    Vials for Deep Cold Storage

    Q&A, Discussion

    Session 3 Track B: Tackling Challenges in Large-Volume Containers
    Moderator: Bram Jongen, Datwyler

    Flexible Container Closure Systems: Unique Opportunities and Challenges
    Eli Lilly and Company

    Container Closure Integrity Testing of Large Volume Containers

    Q&A, Discussion

    10:20 - 10:50 | Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 4 Track A: Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) Part II
    Moderator: Coralie Richard, Eli Lilly & Company

    Correlating CCI Leak Rates as Determined by Helium Leak Testing and Laser-Based Headspace Carbon Dioxide Analysis Using Modular Positive Controls
    F. Hoffmann - La Roche

    Strategies to Evaluate Container Closure Integrity (CCI) of Vial and Syringe Systems over Time and Temperature

    Q&A, Discussion

    Session 4 Track B: Insights from Process Experts
    Moderator: Folker Steden, SCHOTT

    Exploring the Impact of Injection Molding and Steam Sterilization on Pre-fillable Cartridge Packaging System Tolerances
    Stevanato Group

    Large-Scale Freezing and thawing of Biologics in Drug Substance Bottles
    Ten23 Health

    Q&A, Discussion

    12:10 - 13:10 | Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Closing Plenary: Sustainable Packaging Now and in the Future
    Moderator: Arne Kloke, Alliance to Zero on behalf of SCHOTT

    Interactive Questionnaire Session

    Insights from a Pharma Company
    Invited Speaker

    Sustainable Pharma Packaging/Grass Board
    Koerber Pharma

    14:05 - 14:35 | Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    The Correlation Between Continuity, Supply Chain Resiliency, and Sustainability in Healthcare Packaging
    Plastic Ingenuity & Oliver Healthcare Packaging

    Product Design and Life Cycle Analysis of Sustainable Pharmaceutical Containers

    Closing Panel Discussion


    Chairs Conference Summary
    Bettine Boltres, WEST
    Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE Instruments

    Closing Remarks & Farewell
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe

    16:30 | End of Conference

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

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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Palazzo del Cinema

Lungomare Marconi
Lido di Venezia, Italy

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