ISPE Belgium Affiliate News and Updates

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15 June 2017 – Sterilization Seminar ISPE Belgium Affiliate & A3P Belgique

More than 100 Belgium professionals from Life Science industry joined the Sterilization seminar organised by ISPE Belgium Affiliate together with A3P Belgique. Various speakers from industries presented case studies, representatives from the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Product and Table Top exhibitors were present. In the afternoon there was a site visit to the Shire Lessines Glassia Building.

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17 May 2017 – ISPE Belgium Affiliate Annual Meeting/Networking Event 2017

Almost 100 ISPE Belgium members are joining us during Annual Meeting & Networking event on May 17th in Brussels. This after-work event started with a short overview of ISPE Belgium Affiliate's activities and next upcoming events, followed by 2 key note presentations and a cocktail reception. 

Key note speakers:
Pharma in Belgium:  a laboratory of hope for patients worldwide” 
(Catherine Rutten, CEO at - Belgium Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry)

“The future of (bio-)pharma operations“ 
(Paul Rutten, Partner, Leader of McKinsey's Quality, Compliance and Remediation practice)

We would like to thank all our sponsors, key note speakers and attendees to make this event successfully! 

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ISPE Belgium supported several Technical Meetings and/or Networking Events in 1st half of 2017

The ISPE Belgium local SIG/COP groups organized several technical meetings/workshops, combined with networking opportunities. More than 150 participants participated in 1 or more events. ISPE Belgium welcomed some new ISPE members during these events. A new local Special Interest Group about Operational Excellence was launched on February, 10th

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23 November 2016 – ISPE Belgium Affiliate Seminar Biotech : Development & Operations

Around 100 participants gathered for ISPE Belgium Affiliate’s 2016 seminar on Biotech - Development and Operations at Kinepolis Imagibraine. During two parallel work streams (Development, Operations), speakers and attendees shared lessons learned and best practices from the industry. Several Table Top exhibitors presented their products and services. The day was concluded with a very interesting site visit at the nearby located facilities of UCB and with a networking reception.

ISPE Belgium Affiliate would like to thank UCB, table top exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and all seminar attendees for a successful day.

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11 October 2016 -  GAMP COP Benelux “IT Infrastructure Qualification & Control in Life Science Industry”

GAMP COP Benelux organized a ½ day event, hosted by Ordina. Around 50 attendees coming from Belgium and the Netherlands were present. Presentations, case studies and round-table discussion about current trends in IT Infrastructure Qualification & Control were really appreciated.

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29 September 2016 - SIG  Automation “Automation contractor management in pharmaceutical industry”

The Special Interest Group (SIG) on Automation held a technical meeting, hosted by UCB Braine l’Alleud. Around 20 enthusiastic participants representing pharmaceutical manufacturing companies and automation contractors shared new technical and organizational challenges and best practices. We had an excellent mix of participants from Actemium, Agidens, Alcon, Biocartis, DPS Engineering, Emerson, Fujirebio, Genzyme, GSK, J&J, Pfizer, Siemens, Shire and UCB.
During the meeting interesting topics were discussed: automation technology benchmark, integration with IT world, automation partners management (OEM, integrator, automation provider, consultancy). After the meeting, a site visit was organized on UCB B4 packaging plant.
Next SIG Automation meeting is planned in Spring 2017 at Shire in Lessines. More details will follow.

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22 September 2016 - ISPE Workshop : Isolation and Containment for Aseptic Processes and/or Potent Compounds Practices, Solutions and Developments

More than 50 pharmaceutical and biotech professionals, coming from the Netherland, Switzerland, France and Belgium, gathered in Gembloux (BE) on September 22 to listen to - and exchange with - 6 high level experts originating from Germany, Switzerland and Belgium about isolators and containment. This very fruitful day was followed by the visit of the Aseptic Technologies SA workshop, where leading-edge Closed Vial® filling equipment and original product transfer systems where demonstrated. A very appreciated beer tasting session closed the day.

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18-21 September 2016 - ISPE Belgium Affiliate receives ISPE Affiliate of the Year Award 2016

During ISPE Annual Meeting held on 18-21 September 2016 in Atlanta (USA) the Belgium Affiliate was honoured by receiving the "Affiliate of the Year Award” for outstanding work in 2016 particularly in the areas of membership development and supporting young professionals.

2 June 2016 – ISPE Belgium Affiliate Young Professionals Networking Event

The ISPE Belgium Affiliate Young Professionals Board welcomed 70 participants during its first Networking event with the inspirational  title “Get to know your playground”. Join ISPE Belgium Young Professionals LinkedIn group.

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2 June 2016 – ISPE Belgium Affiliate at BCW College Day 2016

ISPE Belgium Affiliate was present during BCW College Day 2016 at Flanders Expo Ghent. Belgian Cleanroom Workgroup (BCW) is a non-profit cleanroom society providing knowledge, networking and training. More than 125 participants and 25 table top exhibitors joined this event and shared knowledge about cleanroom technology and contamination controls. Get more information on Belgian Cleanroom Workgroup.

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18 May 2016 – ISPE Belgium Affiliate Annual Meeting/Networking Event 2016

ISPE Belgium Affiliate Board presented some facts & figures related to ISPE Belgium Affiliate vzw/asbl during its Annual Meeting, followed by a Networking reception.

Mr. Wouter De Ploey, CEO of ZNA Antwerp was invited as key note speaker. He talked about “Banking and Health Care, what’s in common ?”.

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26 April 2016 - Challenges of using Mobile Applications and Devices in Life Science Industry

 On 26 April 2016 GAMP COP BeNeLux organized a ½ day event at Actemium, Veghel (NL) with more than 35 delegates. Actemium presented a demo, UCB and GSK presented case studies about validation of mobile (medical) apps and development of mobile apps for clinical studies. Mobile application and devices are used world-wide, also for the Life Science Industry there is a hugh opportunity to implement if we understand and tackle the (potential) compliance risks.  GAMP COP BeNeLux would like to thank Actemium, all speakers and all delegates to join us.

More information about GAMP Good Practice Guide about Regulated Mobile Applications.

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17 March 2016 – SIG Technology Transfer Workshop

On 17 March 2016, the Special Interest Group Technology Transfer held its first
Workshop at UCB in Braine l’Alleud.
18 attendees from the major pharma companies in Belgium were present during an intensive afternoon to exchange their experiences and benchmark their approaches for market access technology transfers. Case studies were presented by guest speakers from Bilthoven Biologicals, Intravacc and GSK Vaccines.

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 10 March 2016 – “Unleashing Innovation - When Pharma meets Technology”

On 10 March 2016, more than 250 professionals from the life science and technology industry  met each other during an event in Brussels  ‘Unleashing Innovation : When Pharma meets Technology “, organized by Agoria, and ISPE Belgium Affiliate.
Two hot topics of interest “Pharma Factories of the Future” and “Digital Health” were discussed in parallel tracking sessions.
ISPE Belgium Affiliate was proud to have  John Bournas (President & CEO, ISPE) as key note,  together with Dr. Thomas Zimmer (VP European Operations, ISPE), Gert Moelgaard (Moelgaard Consulting and Member of ISPE Facilities of the Future Strategy Team) and Marc Sohet (Former VP GSK Vaccines ) as speakers for the track “Pharma Factories of the Future”.
Attendees also appreciated the networking opportunities by visiting the Technology Village, a minifair with technology showcases, and participating the face-to-face meetings via matchmaking application Conversation Starter.
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Successful ISPE Belgium Affiliate seminar in Mechelen on November 19th 2015

Almost 80 participants gathered for ISPE Belgium Affiliate’s 2015 seminar on “Combination Products” at the facilities of RE:flex in Mechelen. Under the theme “Added Value of Combination Products – delivery of innovative treatment”, renowned speakers from Belgium and abroad presented from different perspectives, the latest trends and developments on the subject. Several suppliers/consulting companies provided table top exhibitions at the occasion of the seminar. Seminar leader was Dr. Leo Versteynen, board member of the ISPE Belgium Affiliate. Two members of the recently established ISPE Belgium Young Professionals (Lise Heyninck; Jan Wambeke) acted as moderators of the morning and afternoon sessions.

The day was concluded with a very interesting plant tour at the nearby located facilities of BIOCARTIS and with a networking reception.

ISPE Belgium Affiliate would like to thank Biocartis, table top exhibitors, speakers, Young Professional delegates and all seminar attendees.

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ISPE Belgium Affiliate was present for several events hosted in Belgium in September/October 2015. 

On 16-17 Sep, the Investigational Products’ conference “Driving Change in Clinical Trial Supplies” was held at UCB in Belgium. About 60 representatives from 20 companies – Pharma and vendors – met during 1.5 days to discuss new challenges and opportunities in clinical supplies – Changing GMP/GCP Regulations, new clinical research trends, accelerating technology evolution, and more active patient engagement - through interactive workshops, case studies, and presentations.

This event was a success in particular thanks to the active sharing of experiences, and open discussions about best practices and innovative ideas.

ISPE Belgium Affiliate and Arlenda co-organized a seminar in Leuven on the topic “Connecting the dots with Statistics: from QbD to Life Cycle, from Bio-assay to Process, form Clinical to Supply”.

The seminar delivered a variety of presentations covering statistical challenges in all major areas of the pharmaceutical business, from research over development to manufacturing and quality. Seminar content was highly appreciated by the audience triggering lots of valuable discussions and considerations. Another seminar topic resulting in high interest and attendance!

ISPE GAMP Benelux COP organized a ½ day event with presentations, case studies and round table discussion about Data Integrity in Life Science Industry. As Data Integrity is a hot topic nowadays, this event was highly appreciated by almost 50 participants who joined us.

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ISPE Belgium Young Professional delegates meet ISPE Belgium Board

Since end 2014, a core team of 15 young people, starting their career in Life Science Industry, takes the lead in the ISPE Belgium Young Professional (YP) initiative. On June 10, the YP delegates meet the ISPE Belgium Affiliate Board to kick off their mentorship program. We would like to wish them good luck.

2015 Networking event : “How the pharmaceutical industry can benefit from the automotive sector ?”

On May 20 the ISPE Belgium Affiliate organized its networking event at Dolce Hotels and Resorts in La Hulpe. More than 80 members and guests were there. Dr. Thomas Zimmer, Vice President ISPE European Operations and the ISPE Belgium Yong Professionals joined us too. 

During a key note speech, we learnt how the Porsche automotive industry successfully launched its Operational Excellence program, which could inspire us to do the same in Life Science industry.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Dr. Thomas Zimmer, Dirk Pfitzer (Porsche Consulting GmbH), the Young Professional delegates and all attendees.

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Belgium Affiliate Election Results
As an official not for profit organization according to Belgian legislation since October 2014, the ISPE Belgium Affiliate has organized in December 2014 elections through an independent electronic balloting system in order to appoint 20 Board Directors. These Directors are representing officially the ISPE Belgium Affiliate organization.

The outgoing Board of Directors evaluated in its January meeting the results of the election process and appointed the elected candidates as new Board Directors in accordance with the election procedures and guidelines.

See find the complete results on this link. ( 419 KB)

2014 Seminar: Global Challenges in Supply Chain, Warehousing & Distribution
On 20 November, the Belgium Affiliate held successfully its Seminar, this year about Global Challenges in Supply Chain, Warehousing & Distribution, with Table Top exhibition.  Presentations and case studies were coming from Fedex, Pfizer, Alcon, 4XScience, Egemin and GSK Vaccines, and this event ended by a visit at GSK Vaccines Distribution Center in Gembloux. 
We would like to thank all attendees, presenters, table top exhibitors and GSK Vaccines Distribution Center. 
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ISPE Belgium is now a legal Non-Profit Organization (vzw/asbl)
Since October 10, 2014, ISPE Belgium Affiliate is a legal Non-Profit organization (vzw/asbl). The documents ruling the legal organization are published in the Belgian Official Gazette (Moniteur) and also available on the ISPE Belgium Affiliate webpage.

André Bouffioux talks “Industries 4.0” with ISPE Belgium
On May 14th, the CEO of Siemens Group Belgium-Luxembourg,  Mr. André Bouffioux  had the opportunity to outline “Industries 4.0” as the hallmark for the future of global manufacturing at an annual meeting of the Belgium Affiliate of ISPE.  The event was held at Martin’s Patershof in Mechelen, Belgium and had over 90 participants representing key leadership in pharmaceutical manufacturing from over 30 organizations in Belgium and around the globe.
André gave an engaging overview on how “The future of manufacturing - Industries 4.0” will redefine manufacturing while serving as a stabilizing economic force worldwide. 
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ISPE Belgium Affiliate thanked André for his support and participation.
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Dr. Zimmer, new ISPE VP European Operations, meets ISPE Belgium Affiliate Board
Dr. Thomas Zimmer, the new Vice President of European Operations, will act as a real ambassador in Europe, representing ISPE by building a stronger presence and professional relationships with members in the Pharmaceutical and Life Science industry.

In April 2014, he met the ISPE Belgium Affiliate Board to discuss the strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and threats for ISPE in Belgium and in Europe.
The ISPE Belgium Affiliate Board presented its initiatives and activities planned for 2014-2015, in line with the results of the 2013 Survey about member/non member’s expectations, done by the Catholic University of Louvain, on behalf of ISPE Belgium.

ISPE Belgium Affiliate invites all ISPE Belgium Members to its 2014 Networking event.

On 14 May 2014 there is the next Networking event in Mechelen with a cocktail reception. The keynote speaker is Mr. André Bouffioux (CEO Siemens Belgium-Luxembourg). He will give a presentation on "The Future of Manufacturing – Industry 4.0".

All Members will receive a personal invitation.

For more details (agenda, location) go to

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