2023 PDA Viral Safety for ATMPs Workshop

Madrid, Spain
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Program Highlights

Join this one-day interactive workshop prior to the 2023 PDA Virus Conference, and join the discussion with industry experts on Viral Safety for ATMPs!

Note PDA is committed to deliver safe and secure in-person events. In conjunction with the venue and vendors supporting our event, PDA strictly adheres to all national, provincial and local government regulations. PDA is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update this information if required.

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to the 2023 PDA Viral Safety for ATMPs Workshop to take place on 19 June 2023 as a face-to-face event in Madrid, Spain prior to the 2023 PDA Virus Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Workshop Leader

Sean O'Donnell, Eli Lilly and Company


  • Sean O'Donnell, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA 
  • Chakameh Azimpour, Amgen
  • Andy Bailey, ViruSure
  • Johannes Bluemel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
  • Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA
  • Sebastian Teitz, Biopharma Excellence 
  • Falk Klar, PDA Europe
  • Stefanie Nebelin, Senior Manager Programs & Events, PDA Europe

Standard Registration

Member Price


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Early Career ProfessionalMember Only


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See Qualifying Criteria for Member Types.


WAYS TO REGISTER: 1. Online Registration   2. [email protected]

PDA MEMBERS: Please remember to log in before registering If you come from a Governmental or Health Authority Institution or from an Academic Organization, please contact [email protected] before registering.

If you need to apply for a visa to enter the event country, PDA Europe must be informed of this fact at least 4 weeks before the start of the event.

Day 1

Monday, 19 June 2023


Welcome and Introduction
Falk Klar, PDA
Sean Michael O'Donnell, Eli Lilly and Company

10:05 - 12:45 I Topic: Viral Safety of Raw Materials for Cell Therapy
Sean Michael O'Donnell, Eli Lilly and Company
Sebastian Teitz, Biopharma Excellence

10:05 I Viral Safety of Cell Therapy
Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

10:25 I Evolving Towards Safer Ancillary Materials: Viral Cleanup of Human Platelet Lysate
Roman Goetzke, PL BioScience

10:50 I Nanofiltration of Growth Media Supplemented with Human Platelet Lysates for Pathogen-Safe Xeno-Free Expansion of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Thierry Burnouf, Taipei Medical University (TMU), -remote presentation-

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45 I Open Group Discussion

Following topics will be evaluated with inputs from the audience

  • Raw Material Qualification)
  • Testing Methods
  • Inactivation Procedures

Interactive Questionnaire Session

Andy Bailey, ViruSure


12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 - 17:00 I Topic: Downstream Virus Removal for Viral Vector Products
Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA
Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

13:45 I Virus Safety of Adeno-associated Virus (AAV) Vector Products (Virus Clearance and Testing for Helper Viruses)
Anurag Sharma, U.S. FDA -remote presentation-

14:10 I A Platform Approach to the Development and Validation Replication of Competent Assays for Viral Vector Products
Amy Bennett, Charles River

14:35 I Bolstering Virus Contamination Prevention: A Case Study of Cell Culture Medium Quality
Manjula Aysola, Merck

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:35 I Open Group Discussion

Topics from the audience and the results from the previous interactive questionnaire session will be discussed.

Andy Bailey, ViruSure

16:35 I Summary of the Workshop and Take-Home Messages
Sean Michael O'Donnell, Eli Lilly and Company

16:55 I Farewell
Falk Klar, PDA

17:00 End of Workshop

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

Agenda is subject to change.

PLEASE READ  PDA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than PDA or the PDA chosen hotel contacts you suggesting that they represent any PDA event, they do not. It is PDA's recommendation that you book your hotel directly through the official PDA chosen hotel that is listed on our web site.

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center

Avenida de Aragon No 400
Madrid, Spain , Spain

PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
Avenida de Aragon No 400
28022 Madrid

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms by 17 May 2023.

Book your room at the PDA Group Rate via the above-mentioned reservation button.

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center, located between International Airport and the city center, is the perfect place to hold any kind of event and conference with innovation and style.

How to Get Here
By Air Airport Madrid-Barajas is just 7 minutes away from the conference venue. Shuttle schedule to airport from 4:00 am until 2:15 am, from Hotel main entrance to departures in each terminal. The hotel does not guarantee seats available. Please check shuttle schedule operating hours directly with the hotel at 91 400 4400, through social media channels, or by email to [email protected]
By Car On-Site Parking opportunities are available.