Mycoplasma testing has always been a challenge—until now. BIOFIRE® Mycoplasma is the fastest, easiest, and simplest Mycoplasma testing method available. You no longer have to send out testing, wait 28 days for traditional analysis, or require a molecular biologist and specialized lab for a rapid result.

In this workshop you will learn about the science behind the BIOFIRE technology, review data from independent laboratories and customer evaluations, and have the opportunity to get hands-on time with the game-changing platform.

• Learn how you can transform your Mycoplasma testing with BIOFIRE® technology
• Review comparability data to compendial methods
• Hear from customers who have evaluated the product
• Have the opportunity to interact practically with the technology

• Senior Microbiologists
• Lead Scientists
• Laboratory Managers
• QA Specialists
• Drug Substance External Manufacturers
• QC Scientists
• Heads of Quality
• Business Development Managers
• Pharmaceutical Microbiology Consultants
• Higher Pharmacopoeial Scientists
• Analytical Standards Specialists

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening remarks and introductions

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux, Global solution Manager, BioMérieux
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9:10 BIOFIRE® Technology

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux, Global solution Manager, BioMérieux
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• Overview of “Lab in a Pouch” technology
• Development of assays
• Implementation of technology

9:50 Interactive Demonstration

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux, Global solution Manager, BioMérieux
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• Demonstration of workflow of BIOFIRE® Mycoplasma
• Opportunity to perform hands-on demo

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Comparability Study Data

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux, Global solution Manager, BioMérieux
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• Comparison of BIOFIRE® Mycoplasma to the compendial method performed by Gibraltar Labs

11:40 Customer Evaluation Presentation

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux, Global solution Manager, BioMérieux
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• Presentation of customer evaluation data
• Overview of experience
• Implementation plans

12:20 Closing Remarks and End of Workshop



Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Global solution Manager, BioMérieux

Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Global solution Manager, BioMérieux
Sylvanie Cassard Guilloux

Sylvanie has a strong scientific background (PhD at Paris VII University; post-doctoral experience at Rockefeller University) in cellular and molecular biology. On her return to France, Sylvanie joined industry, and had 13 years of experience as technical leader or in R&D in several laboratories, developing and using molecular methods for industry quality controls, while she also participated to standardization of these methods as a group leader at the french normalization body (AFNOR). In 2012, after a Master of Business at Audencia business school, she joined the global marketing department of bioMérieux, where she is defining and guiding the development of new solutions for pharmaceutical microbiological controls.


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


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.


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.

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