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Committee & Speaker Biographies

Committee & Speaker Biographies

2020 PDA Europe Visual Inspection Forum

21-22 April 2020, Berlin, Germany

  • John Shabushnig

    John G. Shabushnig, PhD

    Insight Pharma Consulting, LLC

    John is the founder of Insight Pharma Consulting and is an expert in visual inspection.  He has extensive industry experience including Sr. Manager/Team Leader for microbiology and aseptic support in Pfizer’s Global Quality Operations.  He began his career as a Research Scientist with The Upjohn Company responsible for Process Analytical Technology and visual inspection.  He served as the Director of Technical Support and Engineering for Pharmacia and later served as the Business Unit Director of the Center for Advanced Sterile Technology.

    John holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Carroll College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University.  He is an active member of the PDA, having served as the Chair of the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Science Advisory Board.  He organized and leads the Visual Inspection Interest Group.  He is also an instructor at PDA's Training and Research Institute.  John serves on the USP Dosage Forms Expert Committee and chairs the Visual Inspection of Parenterals Expert Panel.  He presents and publishes frequently in the fields of spectroscopic analysis, process analytical technology, rapid microbiological test methods and visual inspection.  He is a co-author of the recently published book Visual Inspection and Particulate Control.

  • Markus Lankers

    Markus Lankers, PhD

    MIBIC GmbH & Co KG

    Markus is one of the co-founders of MIBIC GmbH that develops rapid bacteria identification systems. Within MIBIC Markus is responsible for research and development of new spectroscopic methods for bacteria analysis. He has 25 years of experience in the field of particle identification. In 2002 he founded rap.ID Particle Systems GmbH and served as Managing Director until the sale of the company in 2018. Prior to this position, he worked as a scientist in different development departments at Schering AG, Berlin, Germany.

    Markus holds a diploma in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Würzburg. He is an active member of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA). Since 2003, he has supported the ‘Visual Inspection of Parenterals’ Interest Group in Europe as Interest Group Leader.

    He has served as program co-chair for the PDA Visual Inspection Forum from 2001 to 2018 in Europe and the USA.  

  • Swen Maas

    Swen Maas, PhD

    Material Analytischer Service
    Dr. Swen Maas studied Chemistry at the University of Freiburg and founded the Material Analytischer Service (M.A.S...) in 1997. M.A.S… GmbH is located in Freiburg, Germany and has produced reference standard test kits for visual inspection since 2002.
  • Klaus Wormuth

    Klaus Wormuth, PhD

    Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH

    Dr. Klaus Wormuth has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington and 30 years of R&D experience in a variety of fields, primarily in medical devices and most recently single-use technologies. He is currently Lead Scientist, a global specialist for particles topics at Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH.