Plenary Keynote Sessions

Monday, August 24

Solving Today’s Challenges

2:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

John Sterling, MA, Editor in Chief, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN)


2:05 BioTechnology Product Development: Meeting Today’s Challenges While Planning for Tomorrow

Nicholas Warne, PhD, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Research and Development, BioTherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pfizer Inc.



Wednesday, August 26

Leading to Tomorrow’s Advances

1:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

Dominic Clarke, PhD, ISCT Process & Product Committee; Co-Chair and Global Head, Cell Therapy, HemaCare Corp.


1:55 Scaling Cell and Gene Therapy: Challenges and Opportunities in Process Development and Manufacturing

Susan Fugett Abu-Absi, PhD, Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development & Technology, bluebird bio, Inc.


2:20 The Future of Gene Therapy Technical Development

James Warren, PhD, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development; Leader, Biotechnology and Gene Therapy Development, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical





Conference Keynote Presenters

Stream 1 - Upstream Processing

Alan Dickson

Alan Dickson, PhD,The University of Manchester


Zorica Dragic

Zorica Dragic, PhD, Novartis Pharma AG


Jochen B. Sieck

Jochen B. Sieck, PhD, Merck KGaA



Stream 2 - Downstream Processing

Maarten Pennings

Maarten Pennings, MSc, CTO, BiosanaPharma B.V.


David W. Wood

David W. Wood, PhD, Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University


Audrey Jia

Audrey Jia, PhD, Principal Consultant, Regulatory and CMC, DataRevive USA LLC



Stream 3 - Analytical & Quality

Sheetal J. Mehta

Sheetal J. Mehta, Scientist II, Molecular and Analytical Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.


Shelley Elvington

Shelley Elvington, PhD, Director, Analytical Operations, Genentech


Anthony R. Mire-Sluis

Anthony R. Mire-Sluis, PhD, Head, Global Quality, AstraZeneca Biologics



Stream 4 - Formulation & Stability

Michele K. Dougherty

Michele K. Dougherty, PhD, Vice President, CMC Regulatory, DataRevive, USA LLC


Audrey Jia

Audrey Jia, PhD, Principal Consultant, Regulatory and CMC, DataRevive USA LLC



Stream 5 - Cell Therapy

Krishnendu Roy

Krishnendu Roy, PhD, Robert A. Milton Chair & Director, Center for Cell Manufacturing & Center for Immuno-Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology



Stream 6 - Gene Therapy

Maria A. Croyle

Maria A. Croyle, RPh, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, The University of Texas



Stream 7 - Manufacturing

Maarten Pennings

Maarten Pennings, MSc, CTO, BiosanaPharma B.V.


Christian Airiau

Christian Airiau, PhD, Global Head, Data Sciences Biologics Development, Sanofi




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