PDA Good Digitalization in Pharma Conference 2024

Succeeding in Digitalization: The Next Era of Pharma?

Antwerp, Belgium
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Related PDA Letter Article: Digitization Advancing in the Near Future authored by our committee member, Toni Manzano, Aizon.

Former PDA Robotics and Automation Conference
The conference will take place in parallel with the PDA Medical Devices and Connected Health Conference 2024! Don't miss this special 2-for-1 offer!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA, we are honored to present the PDA Good Digitalization in Pharma Conference 2024, taking place on 04-05 June 2024 in Antwerp, Belgium. This is the 4th edition of a successful series of conferences formerly known as PDA Robotics and Automation Conference, which we renamed in 2024 to better reflect the importance of digitalization in the transformation of the Pharma industry.

This conference is designed to bring together experts and professionals from the pharmaceutical industry to discuss and explore the latest developments in digitalization. The theme of this year's conference is 'Succeeding in Digitalization: The Next Era of Pharma?' and will feature a range of exciting and informative sessions, talks, and discussions.

Digitalization is transforming the Pharma industry, supporting a massive variety of processes in many fields, and enabling other technologies like automation or artificial intelligence (AI). The conference will explore the possibilities unlocked by digitalization at all steps of a drug’s life. Starting with a good digitalization transformation strategy, integrating the requirements for regulatory compliance, we will discuss how digitalization, alongside with automation and/or AI, accelerates drug development, supports drug manufacturing, and improves drug testing. Each session will be moderated by an expert in the field and will feature talks and panel discussions from industry leaders and innovators. There will also be poster sessions, exhibitions, and networking opportunities.

The venue will host at the same time the PDA Medical Devices and Connected Health Conference 2024. You get a chance to double your networking experience!

Also new this year, you can extend your stay for one more day and join the PDA Artificial Intelligence Workshop 2024 on  6 June to delve deeper into this topic with industry experts!

We invite you to join us and take advantage of the opportunity to network with industry peers, learn from experts, and explore the latest developments in digitalization in the pharmaceutical industry. We take pride in making our conference very interactive and value open and constructive discussions. We look forward to welcoming you to Antwerp in June 2024.


The Co-Chairs

Dieter Bachmann, Johnson & Johnson
Marilyn Romieux, Merck


  • Dieter Bachmann, Johnson & Johnson 
  • Marilyn Romieux, Merck
  • Maria Batalha, Valgenesis
  • Scott Deckebach, Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.
  • Sesethu Dowiasch, Rockwell Automation
  • Bernhard Gerl, Körber
  • Florian W. Huber, TissUse
  • David Hubmayr, Takeda
  • Timothy Hsu, UNIDO
  • Toni Manzano, Aizon
  • Carrie Horton, PDA
  • Falk Klar, PDA Europe
  • Sabine Hartmann, Manager Programs & Events, PDA Europe
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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

Tuesday, 04 June 2024

09:00 | Welcome and Introduction
Falk Klar, PDA Europe

09:10 | Welcome from the Co-Chairs
Dieter Bachmann, Johnson & Johnson
Marilyn Romieux, Merck

09:20 - 11:15 I Opening Plenary
Moderator: Marilyn Romieux, Merck

The Human Factor of AI Implementation
Michael Gerlich, SBS Swiss Business School

Leveraging NLP to Enhance Risk Assessment of Incoming Incident Reports
Nicolas Löffler-Perez, Swissmedic

Digitalization and Sustainability in Manufacturing: Navigating the Path to Net-Zero Carbonts
Alessandro Masiello, Rockwell Automation

Plenary Discussion

11:15 - 11:45 | Networking Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

11:45 - 13:15 I Session 1: Digital Transformation Strategies
Moderator: Florian W. Huber, TissUse

On our Journey from MANUfacturing to SMARTfacturing
Michelangelo Canzoneri, Merck

Digital Transformation in Life Science – Obstacles and Time of Mind Changing
Daniel Borchert, Körber

PDA Drug Manufacturing Digitalization Task Force
Toni Manzano, Aizon

Q&A, Discussion

13:15 - 14:30 | Networking Lunch Break, Exhibition & Poster Session

14:00 - 14:30 | LIVE Guided Poster Walk - Engage with our Poster Presenters in our Exhibiton Hall
Moderator: Bernhard Gerl, Körber

14:30 - 16:10 I Session 2: Regulatory Compliance
Moderator: Timothy W. Hsu, UNIDO

Interactive Questionnaire

A Regulatory Framework Enabling Digital Innovation in Manufacturing
Monica Perea Valez, GSK

GMP Compliant Life Cycle Management of AI/ML Solutions
James Francum, GxP-CC GmbH

Journey to Digitalization: How Digitalization Supports Quality Decisions
Laure Gurcel, Sanofi

Q&A, Discussion

16:10 - 16:40 | Networking Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

16:40 - 18:10 I Session 3: Drug Development
Moderator: Sesethu Dowiasch, Rockwell Automation

Holistic in Silico Developability Assessment of Novel Classes of Small Proteins Using Publicly Available Sequence-Based Predictors
Maria Batalha, Valgenesis

Tumour Organoid-On-Chip for Real-Time Measurements of Drug Response
Katja Uhlig, Fraunhofer-Institut

Digitizing Preclinical Studies: Towards Digital Drug Development with Automated Multi-Organ Chips
Florian W. Huber, TissUse

Q&A, Discussion

18:10 | End of Conference Day 1 and Networking Event

Day 2

Wednesday, 05 June 2024

09:00 | Welcome back from the Co-Chairs
Dieter Bachmann, Johnson & Johnson
Marilyn Romieux, Merck

09:05 - 10:35 I Session 4: AI in Manufacturing
Moderator: Scott Deckeback, Lachman Consultants, Inc.

Digitalization Technologies – Use Cases, Benefits and Constraints
Tod Urquhat, cim.as

Unlocking the Full Potential of Existing Data Acquisition Capabilities in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Case Study on a Filling Line for RTU RFID-Enabled Containers
Daniel Sturm, Syntegon
Yacine Haddadi, BD

Tackling Manufacturing Issues in Cell & Gene Therapy With a Modular Robotics Approach
Fabian Stutz, Pharmabotix

Q&A, Discussion

10:35 - 11:05 | Networking Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

11:05 - 12:35 I Session 5: Application of Digitalization in Drug Testing
Moderator: Maria Batalha, Valgenesis

Process Control Through the Use of Vision Based Technology & Artificial Intelligence Software
Mark Quinn, Canty

Future QC Testing Using Automation and Robotics – A Digitalized Foundation of Sterility Testing
Anke Hossfeld, Merck

Digital and Automated Adventitious Virus Testing
Hon Q. Tran, IDT Biologika 

Q&A, Discussion

12:35 - 13:35 | Networking Lunch Break, Exhibition & Poster Session

13:35 - 16:30 I Closing Plenary
Moderator: Dieter Bachmann, Johnson & Johnson

Round Table Discussion 

14:35 - 15:05 | Networking Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

15:05 | Passport Raffle

Title to be Announced
Tara Gooen, U.S. FDA

Plenary Discussion

Conference Summary from the Co-Chairs

Closing Remarks & Farewell

16:30 | End of Conference

Agenda is subject to change.

Featured Presenters


  • Maria Batalha


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  • Scott Deckebach

    Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.

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  • Bachmann Dieter, PhD

    Janssen J&J

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  • Sesethu Dowiasch

    Rockwell Automation

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  • Bernhard Gerl

    Körber Pharma

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  • Timothy W Hsu


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  • Florian W. Huber


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  • David Hubmayr


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  • Toni Manzano, PhD

    Co-Founder and CSO of Aizon, and Team Leader, AI in Operations (AIO), Aizon and AFDO/RAPS Healthcare Products Collaborative

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  • Marilyn Romieux

    Merck KGaA

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PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

Hilton Antwerp Old Town
Groenplaats 32
B2000 Antwerp

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