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Interest Group Meeting Pre-filled Syringes

Mar 18, 2019
Venice, Italy

Time-to-Market – Novel Approaches to Supporting the Patient by Reducing Pre-Filled Syringe Development Timelines

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  • Europe

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Program Highlights

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,

Time-to-market is gaining in importance, especially since the industry wants to support patients with new drugs as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the costs associated with new injectable drug products continue to increase over time. Minimizing development time also presents challenges. In fact, every day added to the development plan actually diminishes the value for licensing or selling of the drug product due to reductions in potential revenue and market exclusivity.

The goal of this meeting is to discuss these challenges with a primary focus on:

  • Approaches and trends in drug development with the potential to rapidly support
    patients with new drugs.
  • Time-to-market packaging platforms, new technologies, regulation strategies, clinical and commercial fill & finish, secondary packaging, etc.
  • Case studies from a pharma/biotech supplier using tools, platforms or methods,
    supplier solutions, process and technology infrastructure, and development strategies that demonstrate a reduction in time-to-market.

Take advantage of the open forum design approach offered by this focused Interest Group meeting. Hear presentations from leading experts and interact and discuss your experiences with colleagues in an open atmosphere.

Share your opinion and enlarge your knowledge in an interactive format discussion. Receive the latest information about activities of the Interest Group/Pre-filled Syringes.


  • Monday, 18 March 2019

    Welcome and Introduction

    Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    Brigitte Reutter-Haerle, Vetter

    10:10 – 12:00
    Innovations to Shorten Time to Market
    Moderator: Brigitte Reutter-Haerle, Vetter

    Due to reductions in potential revenue and market exclusivity, every day added to the development plan diminishes the value for licensing or selling of the drug product. In this session, leading experts discuss platform technologies as well as new technologies and methods that demonstrate how a reduction in time-to-market can be achieved.

    10:10 – 10:35
    Accelerating Time-to-Market of Smart Devices: How to effectively upgrade self-injection device platforms into integrated cloud-connected systems
    Andreas Schneider, Ypsomed

    10:35 – 11:00
    Switch from High Speed Line to Flexible Tabletop and/or Manual Assembly in Packaging with the Goal to Shorten Time to Market
    Guido Drees, Roche

    11:00 – 11:30
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    11:30 – 12:00
    Root Cause Investigation on a Drug Formulation Interacting with Silicone Oil Resulting in Extended Injection Time Using an Auto-injector Device
    Robert Hormes, Novartis

    12:00 – 13:00
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    13:00 – 14:30
    Interactive Session - Innovations to Shorten Time to Market
    Moderator: Frank Bamberg, Roche

    After parting in 3 groups the participants will enter a structured conversational process regarding Risks and Challenges, Technical Solutions and Partnerships and Cooperation in three rounds. Facilitated by a table moderator each group is introduced to the topic and will have a set amount of time to discuss and gather key points on each topic. As each group will build on the knowledge already gathered each round will be shorter than the prior. Inspired by the method developed by Juanita Brown und David Isaacs this session will result in conclusive take-home-messages on each topic discussed.

    13:00 – 13:10
    Frank Bamberg, Roche

    13:10 – 13:15
    Transition to 3 Groups
    Risks and Challenges, Moderator: Michael Betz, Roche
    Technical Solutions, Moderator: Gabriele Peron, Stevanato Group
    Partnerships and Cooperation, Moderator: Andreas Schneider, Ypsomed

    13:15 – 13:35
    Round 1

    13:35 – 13:50
    Round 2

    13:50 – 14:00
    Round 3

    14:00 – 14:30

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

    15:00 – 16:30
    Novel Approaches & Practical Implementations
    Moderator: Philippe Lauwers, Terumo

    15:00 – 15:30
    Track and Trace of Primary Packaging Containers – A discussion on the Fill & Finish operations for single containers
    Bernd Zeiss, Gerresheimer
    Riccardo Marcon, Stevanato Group
    Diana Löber, Schott
    Chi Yuen Liu, Johnson & Johnson

    15:30 – 16:00
    Roadmap to Create a Global Presence in Aseptic Injectable Fill & Finish from a Development Capability to Full Scale Commercial Expansion: A Corden Pharma Case History
    Silvia Lissoni, Corden Pharma

    16:00 – 16:30
    Summary and Q&A

    Conclusion of Interest Group Meeting
    Brigitte Reutter-Haerle, Vetter

Highlighted Speakers

Brigitte Reutter-Haerle
Brigitte Reutter-Haerle
Vetter Pharma International GmbH

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