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2019 Virus Filtration

All About Virus Filtration - A Practical Approach

Mar 17 - Mar 18, 2020
Cologne, Germany

This training course about virus filtration will provide the attendees with a profound understanding about the current state of the art around this topic.

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  • Europe

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Program Highlights

This Course will be held at the Asahi Kasei Bioprocess Facility in Cologne.
Participants are invited to bring their own case/ topic/ question/ challenge!


This training course about virus filtration will provide the attendees with a profound understanding about the current state of the art around this topic. A thorough introduction to virus filtration will be given as well as in-depth background and a mechanistic understanding about the principles of (parvo-) virus retention will be available to the attendees at the end of the course. An interactive session will address the question of “how to design an efficient virus filtration process?” and a practical session will provide some hands-on experiencewith lab- and production-scale virus filter modules.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

    Welcome and Theory 1

    • Introduction into eukaryotic DS manufacturing process
    • Virus Filters in biopharmaceutical manufacturing
    • Sources of virus load
    • Reason/necessity for virus removal from DS
    • Virus realm
    • Sources of viruses
    • Examples of virus contaminations (plasma, biotech)
    • Outline of how to control the risk
    • Relevance of virus safety in ATMPS and potential applications

    Coffee Break

    Theory 2:
    Case Study - Up- & Downscaling of a virus filtration step

    Lunch Break

    Hands-on 1: Set-up and Handling of Filters

    • Set-up in lab-scale: hands-on
    • Display of production scale filters
    • Integrity tests: hands-on

    Coffee Break

    Theory 3:

    • Mechanistic principles of (Parvo-) Virus retention
    • Designing a virus filtration process - assumption and points to consider

    End of Day 1

    Networking Dinner

  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020

    Wrap-up Day 1

    Hands-on 2:

    • Set-up pf filtrations with different protein solutions
    • Documentation

    Coffee Break

    Theory 4:

    • Introduction/background part for viral clearance - methods, guidelines
    • How to organize a virus clearance study
    • Challenges in VC studies
    • Historical data
    • Case studies for VC studies
    • Continuous manufacturing aspects in combination with virus filtration

    Lunch Break

    Revisit Filtration Results

    Theory 5:
    Bring your own case/topic/question/problem/challenge for discussion!
    Participants have the opportunity to address real-life challenges during the implementation of a virus filtration process - from bench-top development through to commercial scale-up.

    Wrap-up, Q&A
    End of Course

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of the course the participant

    • have understood virus filtration principles
    • ability to set-up and handle virus filtration processes
    • have an overview of filter types and material
    • have understood challenges of different matrices
    • have gained hands-on experience with virus filters / process
    • have understood principles/requirements of filter integrity
    • have an overview of current guidelines and regulations
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    • R&D scientists
    • Supervisors in manufacturing
    • QA Manager (Regulatory Affairs, Pathogen Safety)
  • Accreditation


    NOTE   Continuing education credits are not available for this event.

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Asahi Kasei Medical

Gottfried-Hagen-Strasse 20
Cologne, Germany

  • Accommodations

    Training Location

    Asahi Kasei Bioprocess
    Gottfried-Hagen-Strasse 20
    51105 Cologne

    Hotels Nearby

    PDA Europe recommends the reservation at one of the following hotels.
    The general terms of business are valid at the event hotels.

    Leonardo Hotel Köln
    Waldecker Str. 11-15
    51065 Cologne
    Tel.: +49 (0)221 - 670 90
    Hotel Website
    Price per Room and Night upon Request
    Distance to the venue: 2. 1 km (7 min by the car)

    Pullman Hotel Cologne
    Helenenstraße 14
    50667 Cologne
    Tel.: +49 (0)221- 2750
    Hotel Website
    Price per Room and Night upon Request
    Distance to the venue: 6. 3 km (19 min by the car)

  • Amenities

How to Get Here

By Air

Nearest Airport: Cologne Bonn Airport - CGN
Airport Phone:
+49 (0)2203 40-4001

By Car

11.2 km, 10 min by car. Asahi Kasei Medical is at Gottfried-Hagen-Strasse 20, 51105 Cologne.

Other Options

Public transportation: 12 min by S19 Düren.


Registration Fees

Regular Price
Registration Type Price
All Participants €1.595

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