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SMi proudly presents due to the huge success of our Pharmaceutical Microbiology UK event the launch of SMi's Pharmaceutical Microbiology West Coast Conference in San Diego on 8th and 9th June 2017. Latest reports show that global rapid microbiology tests market to reach a net worth USD 19.5 Bn by 2022.* With the field growing at such a rapid rate SMi would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us as we address the hot topics of the industry such as RMM, low endotoxin recovery, risk assessment and many more! We hope to see you in San Diego for SMi's Pharmaceutical Microbiology West Coast Conference.

*http://www.republic-news.org/news/rapid-microbiology-tests-market-market-growth-future-prospects-competitive-analysis-2016-2022

With the forthcoming changes to annexe 1, take this opportunity to hear direct regulatory feedback and benchmark your strategies amongst industry peers. Our 2 day event will include presentations from both regulatory and industry experts sharing recent case studies and developing trends in the field of pharmaceutical microbiology.

Abbott Biologicals; Abbott Biologicals B V; Abbott Biologicals B.V; Astrazeneca; Atheris Laboratories; BD Life Sciences; BPL; Clean Air and Containment Review; Confarma France S A R L; Debiopharm Research & manufacturing SA; Dyson Technology Ltd; GE Healthcare; GSK; GSK Manufacturing S.p.A.; GW Pharmaceuticals; Hyglos GmbH; iDev; IDEXX Technologies Limited; Innaxon; International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies ; London Research Institute; Lonza Biologics Plc; Lonza Incorporated; Martindale Pharmaceuticals; MedImmune; Merck; Merck Chemicals Ltd; Merial; Merial Sas; Merial Saude Animal Ltda; Mettler-Toledo Ltd; MSD Animal Health; Nestle Research Center; Nova Laboratories; Novartis Vaccines; Oxford BioMedica; Pharmig; PHSS; Public Health England; Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Sanofi Pharma; Sanofi-Aventis; Sigma Aldrich; STERIS Corporation; Teva UK Ltd; Trafalgar Scientific Ltd.; University of Southampton; Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG; Wickham Laboratories Ltd;
 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Donald Singer

Donald Singer, Manager, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutical GMP Operations, GSK

9:10 Retracing the path to sterility assurance: A USP journey

Donald Singer

Donald Singer, Manager, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutical GMP Operations, GSK

• Update on latest revisions of USP microbiology chapters
• Discussion of work activities for revising chapter on sterility assurance
• Current thinking about sterile product evaluation topics (bacterial endotoxins testing, alternative pyrogen test, container closure integrity evaluation, sterility test)
 

9:50 The importance of environmental monitoring

Paul Ricciatti

Paul Ricciatti, Sterility Assurance Manager, Bimeda Inc.


• Environmental monitoring in today's pharmaceutical industry is imperative to avoid potential risks to consumers and to save time and cost to manufacturers
• Rules governing dispersion of airborne microbial contaminants and how contaminants can accumulate in invisible vortices and airborne contamination.
• How to evaluate representative sampling locations for environmental monitoring during aseptic processes.
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:40 Gram negative LPS structural alterations in response to environmental stimuli

John Dubczak

John Dubczak, Director of Operations, Charles River

• Overview of how gram negative bacteria adapt to
various environmental conditions
• The role of modulation of outer membrane components
has on facilitating environmental adaptation
• The effect of external stimuli and structural adaptation
has on the classical LPS architecture

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Bringing the cleanroom online after an adverse event

Jeanne Moldenhauer

Jeanne Moldenhauer, Vice President, Excellent Pharma Consulting Inc

• Environmental control of classified areas within a biopharmaceutical facility - maintained by systems controlling humidity, air temperature, air exchanges, filtration and pressure differentials
• When any of these systems or practices fail, it’s considered a “Worst Case Event” which has the potential to impact the clean state of a Classified Area
• FDA Warning Letters and 483s will be covered that focus on cleanroom shut down and start up procedures
 

14:00 Interactive extended training session: Effects of cleanrooms and barrier systems on environmental monitoring data

Morgan  Polen

Morgan Polen, Subject Matter Expert on Contamination Control, Microrite

Recent warning letters show that manufacturers of aseptic products are receiving the most 483s; many are related to smoke studies. Smoke / Airflow Visualization tests are often performed by third party certifiers. However, per FDA guidance, dynamic in-situ air pattern analysis is more complex. These studies should be investigative and effective at identifying design flaws or airflow issues. They should be performed using the correct type of smoke, smoke density, and camera angles.

• Regulations and guidelines related to smoke studies
• Types of smoke (and equipment) used for smoke studies-pros and cons
• Execution of an investigative smoke study
• Case studies with videos of bad airflows and barrier system flaws
• Practical demonstration of smoke vs fog
• Discussions on 483s related to smoke studies
• Mistakes made during environmental monitoring in barriers with inadequate laminar flow that lead to excursions.
 

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Understanding the Importance of Objectionable Microorganisms in Non-Sterile Products

Ziva Abraham

Ziva Abraham, Founder and CEO, Microrite

• FDA’s expectations regarding objectionable microorganisms
• Understanding USP <1111> and other guidelines related to objectionable microorganisms
• Bacteria and Fungi that cause oral diseases and can be objectionable in oral and gingival products
• Bacteria and Fungi that cause naso-pharyngeal or lung infections and can be objectionable in nasal or inhalation products
• Bacteria and Fungi that can be objectionable in aqueous and non aqueous oral products
• Bacteria and Fungi can be objectionable in ointments and patches causing cutaneous and sub-cutane

16:50 Challenges in endotoxin testing

Ren-Yo Forng

Ren-Yo Forng, Scientific Director, Amgen

17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Duguid

John Duguid, Senior Director, Research & Development, Vericel

9:10 Environmental monitoring trend analysis tools

Steve Walton

Steve Walton, Technical Manager - Sterility Assurance, Sanofi Pasteur

• The importance of proper analysis and evaluation of viable EM results.
• Development of a “tool box” in order to produce specialized data reports.
• A case study in using the correct tools to demonstrate environmental control in a cleanroom environment.
 

9:50 Validation of a Rapid Microbial Method: Case studies for microbial limits and sterility testing.

Ron Smith

Ron Smith, Director, External Supply Integration Quality, Janssen

• Overview of the approach for testing equivalence of a qualitative method
• Demonstrating equivalence to pour plate method for Microbial Limits testing of betamethosone suspension
• Demonstrating Equivalence to membrane filtration sterility test method for a saline product
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 US Approval of Three Rapid Microbiological Methods for MACI Product Release

John Duguid

John Duguid, Senior Director, Research & Development, Vericel

• Same day product release is needed for MACI® autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen
• membrane)
• Automated rapid microbiological methods enable test results within hours
• Regulatory requirements are continuing to evolve
 

11:40 Broadening the Appreciation of Currently Available Antibiotics: The Need to Move Beyond Standard Clinical Microbiological Susceptibility Paradigms

George Sakoulas

George Sakoulas, Associate Professor, University of California San Diego

  • Current clinical microbiological susceptibility testing platforms are not disclosing the full potential activity of antibiotics that are currently available
  • Some antibiotics that test 'resistant' against common Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) bacteria can be used clinically to treat very difficult infections
  • Using physiological media rather than bacteriological media can allow for a greater appreciation of in vivo activity 
  • Azithromycin displays excellent activity in vivo against MDR Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter
  • Beta-lactams can be used as adjuncts to treat beta-lactam resistant pathogens 
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Addition background on biofilm, its impacts in healthcare, her discovery, and current testing.

    Cynthia Burzell

    Cynthia Burzell, President , Aequor Inc

     

  • We are losing the war on bacteria.  One of the reasons is biofilm -- the sticky substance that bacteria form in order to attach to surfaces and then shield the developing colony from environmental stresses.  
  • It is no coincidence that every bacterium on the lists of the Center for Disease Control are biofilm-formers:  urgent threats (C. diff, etc.), pandemic threats (pneumonia, T.B., E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria, cholera, plague, etc.), bioterror threats (anthrax, etc.),, and antimicrobial-resistant strains (MRSA, MDR-TB, CRES, etc.).
  • As biofilm builds it captures other bacteria, and there is evidence of horizontal gene transfer between different species.
  • There are few remedies for biofilm. Scraping and sterilization work, but they are short term.  Biofilm was recorded on a titanium plate within 30 seconds after sterilization.
  • The human immune system, biocides and antibiotics are designed to kill free-floating bacteria.  Nothing known can remove pre-formed biofilm at non-lethal doses.

     

  • 14:00 Challenges with contamination Issues

    Brian  Hubka

    Brian Hubka, CEO, BGH International

    Mold- A simple method to eliminate and prevent mold anywhere.

    Biofilm- Simple and fast methods to eliminate and prevent biofilm

    Spores- Simple ways to eliminate quickly and safe for your equipment/surfaces
     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Common errors in microbial identification and implications

    Ziva Abraham

    Ziva Abraham, Founder and CEO, Microrite

    • Phenotypic vs. Genotypic systems-capabilities and
    defi ciencies
    • Defi cient media quality control
    • Microbiology laboratory training defi ciencies that lead
    to errors
    • Growth media and incubation errors
    • Gram staining errors
    • What to do when in doubt
    • Case studies
     

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Donald Singer

    Donald Singer

    Manager, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutical GMP Operations, GSK
    Jeanne Moldenhauer

    Jeanne Moldenhauer

    Vice President, Excellent Pharma Consulting Inc
    John Duguid

    John Duguid

    Senior Director, Research & Development, Vericel
    Ron Smith

    Ron Smith

    Director, External Supply Integration Quality, Janssen
    Ziva Abraham

    Ziva Abraham

    Founder and CEO, Microrite

    Andrew Bartko

    Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
    Andrew Bartko

    Brian Hubka

    CEO, BGH International
    Brian  Hubka

    Cynthia Burzell

    President , Aequor Inc
    Cynthia Burzell

    Donald Singer

    Manager, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutical GMP Operations, GSK
    Donald Singer

    George Sakoulas

    Associate Professor, University of California San Diego
    George Sakoulas

    Jeanne Moldenhauer

    Vice President, Excellent Pharma Consulting Inc
    Jeanne Moldenhauer

    Jim Polarine

    Senior Technical Service Manager, STERIS Corporation
    Jim Polarine

    John Dubczak

    Director of Operations, Charles River
    John Dubczak

    John Duguid

    Senior Director, Research & Development, Vericel
    John Duguid

    Morgan Polen

    Subject Matter Expert on Contamination Control, Microrite
    Morgan  Polen

    Paul Ricciatti

    Sterility Assurance Manager, Bimeda Inc.
    Paul Ricciatti

    Ren-Yo Forng

    Scientific Director, Amgen
    Ren-Yo Forng

    Ron Smith

    Director, External Supply Integration Quality, Janssen
    Ron Smith

    Steve Walton

    Technical Manager - Sterility Assurance, Sanofi Pasteur
    Steve Walton

    Ziva Abraham

    Founder and CEO, Microrite
    Ziva Abraham

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    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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