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Interest Group Meeting Packaging Science

Mar 21, 2019
Venice, Italy

CCI at Deep Cold Temperatures

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2019 Focus Topic: CCI at Deep Cold Temperatures

Take advantage of the open forum design offered by the small Interest Group meeting approach. Hear presentations from renowned international experts, interact and discuss your experiences with colleagues in round table discussions and forums during the meeting.
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Dear Colleagues,

Based on feedback from industry and the many open questions, our focus topic for 2019 will be CCI at deep cold temperature.

Please be invited to contribute to this open forum and discuss latest approaches, exchange experience, and share technology updates on primary packaging challenges related to:

  • Cell and Gene Therapy Market
  • CAR-T Therapy
  • Regulatory challenges for CCI at cold temperatures
  • Challenges for different materials at cold temperatures
  • Measurement techniques

We will have experts to the mentioned topics and would like to highlight this topic from many different angles

Join in on the discussion on 21 March 2019. We look forward to welcoming you to Venice!

Best Regards,

Bettine Boltres, PhD WEST
Derek Duncan, PhD LIGHTHOUSE
Roger Asselta, Genesis Packaging


  • Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Welcome: Opening Remarks & Introductions
    Bettine Boltres, WEST
    Roger Asselta, Genesis Packaging
    Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE

    10:10 – 10:40
    Cell & Gene Therapy – Production, Storage and Transport: Current Challenges and Solutionss
    Richard Zajicek, GSK

    10:40 – 11:00
    Introduction to the Chemical and Physical Properties of Different Packaging Materials
    Bettine Boltres, WEST
    Otto Schubert, Rommelag

    11:10 - 13:30
    Packaging Solutions for Cell & Gene Therapiess
    Moderator: : Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE

    One of the areas in which there is a push for new packaging options is in the area of cell and gene therapies. These products require deep cold storage ranging from -80 ˚C to cryogenict temperatures. Initial studies have shown that these low temperatures pose challenges to the traditional package for injectables—the rubber-stoppered glass vial. This can introduce some risk to container closure integrity. Current solutions and the future outlook will be discussed in this session.

    An Introduction of the International Society of Cell and Gene Therapies – A Current Update
    Jean-Sebastien Parisse, Aseptic Technologies

    Polymer Container System for Storage of Cell Therapy Products at Cryogenic Temperature
    Nicolas Brandes, WEST

    11:50 – 12:20
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Packaging solutions, how do materials react in deep cold temperature
    Jean-Sebastien Parisse, Aseptic Technologies
    Robert Sassa, WL Gore

    Group Discussion - Challenges in Packaging:

    • What requirements need to be met when packaging and storing cell and gene therapeutics?
    • What solutions are currently available and how do different container react in deep cold temperatures?
    • Which challenges still need to be overcome?

    13:30 – 14:30
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    14:30 – 17:00
    Materials and their Requirements for Deep Cold Storage
    Moderator: Bettine Boltres, WEST

    In order to understand why and how different materials behave differently under different temperature conditions, the session will start with an in-depth dive into the relevant physical and chemical properties of glass, rubber and plastics. Further on we will get inside information from industry into the challenges that they are facing. We will discuss different approaches and especially identify those areas that still need to be addressed.

    Vial Solutions: Challenges for Glass and Stoppers in Deep Cold Temperatures
    Chris Folta, Janssen & Janssen

    Container Closure Systems at Deep Cold Storage
    Holger Roehl, Roche

    Group Discussion - Current Materials Used in Deep Cold Temperatures, the Challenges and a Future Outlook

    • Interactions of Drug Products and Primary Packaging Materials at Deep Cold Temperatures
    • Available Solutions and Associated Challenges

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

    Group Discussion – Current Materials Used in Deep Cold Temperatures, the Challenges and a Future Outlook:

    • Interactions of Drug Products and Primary Packaging Materials at Deep Cold Temperatures
    • Available Solutions and Associated Challenges

    Discussion on Hot Topics from the Conference

    Conclusion and Farewell

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