PDA Next Generation Sequencing Workshop 2024

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Join this one-day interactive workshop after the PDA Virus Conference 2024, and join the discussion with industry experts on challenges and solutions all around NGS!

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to the PDA Next Generation Sequencing Workshop 2024 to take place on 28 June 2024 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands directly after the PDA Virus Conference 2024.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Workshop Leader

Simone Olgiati, Merck KGaA 


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

Standard Registration

Member Price




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

Friday, 28 June 2024

09:00 Welcome and Introduction

Falk Klar, PDA
Simone Olgiati, Merck

Topic 1: Implementation of Next Generation Sequencing in a Regulated Environment

Andy Bailey, ViruSure

Pharmacopoeia Chapter 2.6.41 on High Throughput Sequencing
Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

EFPIA’s Perspective on Validation of Next Generation Sequencing for Virus Safety Testing
Elodie Charbaut Taland, Merck on behalf of the EFPIA representing working group

Update on FDA perspective on NGS for Virus Detection
Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA

09:55 - 10:25 Coffee Break

Cont. Topic 1: Implementation of Next Generation Sequencing in a Regulated Environment

Controls and Reference Standards for Next Generation Sequencing
Siemon Ng, Notch TX, remote presentation

Round Table Discussion
Hot Topics and Open Questions
Andy Bailey, ViruSure
Simone Olgiati, Merck


12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

Topic 2: Emerging Next Generation Sequencing Approaches and Positive Results Evaluation

Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

The Robustness of NGS Analysis Pipelines for Virus Detection inBiologics
Izabela Fabianska, IDT Biologika
Christoph Bredack, Genedata

Considerations for the Follow-Up of Putative Adventitious Virus Signals Detected by HTS
Christophe Lambert, on behalf of AVDTWG Subgroup DE

Following Up on Positive NGS Results: Use of Molecular Methods to Assess the Replicative Potential of Suspected Viral Contaminants in Cell Banks
Melissa Alzona, Merck

Round Table Discussion

Hot Topics and Open Questions
Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

Topic 3: Long-Read Sequencing for Adventitious Virus Detection

Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA

ICH Q5A R2: Implementation of the Oxford Nanopore Long-Read Technology for Adventitious Agent Testing in a GMP Environment
Hans-Peter Fasching, ViruSure

Improving Sequencing for Virus Detection Based on Lessons Learned from CAACB Member-Driven Projects
Charles A. Swofford, MIT

Round Table Discussion

Hot Topics and Open Questions
Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA
Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA

Summary of the Workshop and Take-Home Messages
Simone Olgiati, Merck


Falk Klar, PDA


17:00 End of Workshop

The agenda is subject to change without notice.

Agenda is subject to change.

Featured Presenters


  • Alison Armstrong, PhD

    Merck KGaA

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  • Andy Bailey, PhD


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  • Johannes Blümel, PhD


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  • Arifa S. Khan, PhD

    U.S. FDA

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  • Sean Michael O'Donnell, PhD

    Executive Director, Eli Lilly and Company

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  • Simone Olgiati, PhD


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  • Sebastian B Teitz, PhD

    Consultant, Consultant

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PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
Stadhouderskade 12
1054 ES Amsterdam 
The Netherlands

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms by 11 April 2024.

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

How to Get Here
By Air The hotel is only 13,4 km away from the airport. Public transportation or taxis will bring you to it. It takes around 20 minutes by car and 35 minutes by train.
By Car On site parking is not available.
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The Lufthansa Group airlines bring people together – every day, all around the world.The global route network of Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings offers optimal connection and combination options, so you will benefit from quick and direct flights to the event.

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Event Ticket one-way and specific train (subject to availability):

  • 1st class 89,90€ (seat reservation incl.)
  • 2nd class 55,90€

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  • 1st class 112,90€ (seat reservation incl.)
  • 2nd class 77,90€

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Area Attractions

Experience a well-deserved escape at the hotel in Netherlands, Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is surrounded by stunning canals and exquisite architecture boasting an unparalleled city centre location across from the Leidseplein, just moments from Amsterdam's iconic attractions. Walk to the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark as well as upscale shopping, fine dining and entertainment destinations.