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PDA West Coast Chapter Pilot Plant Tour and Networking

Aug 24 - Aug 24, 2017 |
Aug 24, 2017 |
Genentech | South San Francisco, CA
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Join us for a tour of the Genentech's Cell Culture and Purification Pilot Plants, where Genentech's scientists and engineers develop and pilot the BioPharmaceutical production processes, technologies, and business processes of the future.

Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Genentech's South San Francisco campus is the "birthplace of biotechnology".

What began as a rented building with just two staff members back in 1976 has grown into a major campus with multiple buildings that house an advanced research center, manufacturing operations and various business functions.

The South San Francisco campus continues to serve as Genentech's corporate headquarters and is also the headquarters for Roche's pharmaceutical operations in the United States.

Cell Culture Pilot Plant

The B6 Cell Culture Pilot Plant is an R&D facility where cell cultures produce the future potential products for Genentech. The CCPP also works with the scientists to improve titers, characterize and validate the fermentation process, evaluate new technologies, and supplies early stage material for the purification process development. Tour members will view both large and small scale fermentation equipment.

Purification Pilot Plant

The B7 Purification Pilot Plant is an R&D facility that performs protein separation and purification operations, process validation, new technology evaluation, scale up development, and "Expert" technology training. Working in partnership with scientists and manufacturing network we ensure that new purification processes are robustly designed and successfully transitioned from development to manufacturing. Tour members will view large scale protein purification processing tanks and equipment.

Speakers and Tour Guides

Jeff DavisJeffDavis Christian RandeckerChristianRandecker

Ganesh VissvesvaranGaneshVissvesvaran

Event Program

5:00pm Registration and Networking

6:00pm Overview Presentations

6:30pm Touring Begins

7:30pm Networking (Dinner provided)


Register by August 18th; PDA Members $60, Nonmembers $70.

Government and Full Time Students 15$ off the regular price,write to for more info.


By when can I register for the event?
You have time to register for the event until August 16th, 2017, then registration will be closed. No walk-ins will be allowed prior/during the event due to security reasons

Where are we meeting?
The exact address will be communicated via email one week prior to the event only to people registered by August 16th, 2017

Parking info will be provided one week prior to the event

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Bring your valid state ID or Passport, minimum age for pilot plant tour participants is 15 years old

I am not able to attend August event are you planning any other activity for 2017?
The Genentech's Tour is a unique event, however we hope you will join us at another 2017 WCC event.


In an effort to provide effective tours with minimal disruption to ongoing operations, please refer to the following guidelines and requirements:

  • No photographs, audio, or video recording will be allowed on the tour without prior authorization from Genentech Corporate Relations Department.
  • Minimum age for pilot plant tour participants is 15 years old.
  • Operations in the Cell Culture and the Purification Pilot Plant are critical to the development of Genentech’s pipeline. Tour requests that may disrupt ongoing operations will be denied or postponed.
  • Please communicate concerns over any sensitive information (firewall projects, IP, etc.) that may need to be shielded from visitors.
  • Please communicate any exposure to rodents (pets) by any of the visitors as it may pose contamination risks to our products and facility.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required in the facility for safety reasons. Visitors without closed-toed shoes may be asked to sit out of the tour.

If your device or email does not support registration/payment, you can submit registration requests via e-mail to with "WCC PDA Dinner RSVP" as the subject line. Indicated name and company affiliation for each registrant. If you provide your information, a seat will be reserved for you.

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