ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter – September Program – Sanofi Facility Tour


We are very excited about our kick-off to the 2018–2019 Program Year. Sanofi Pasteur is hosting us for an afternoon event of their site and a look at the exciting projects going on at their facility.

Sanofi Pasteur’s Swiftwater site has developed and produced vaccines in the heart of the Poconos since 1897. Founded as the Pocono Biological Laboratories by Dr. Richard Slee, the site has grown from its original four acres to now over 500. Sanofi Pasteur’s Swiftwater campus became one of the largest sites across the globe dedicated to vaccine manufacturing and development. Growing over the years, one thing has remained constant: its commitment to public health and vaccine innovation.

Note: Due to limited capacity, this is a members only program

Plymouth Meeting Pick Up Location: CRB, 220 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting PA

Allentown Pick Up Location: William Penn Highway Park & Ride, Emerick Boulevard, Easton PA


Schedule of Events:

  • 10:30am - Plymouth Meeting Bus Pick-up
  • 11:45am - Allentown Area Bus Pick-up (this is a brief stop, please arrive on time)
  • 1pm - Lunch & Networking
  • 1:45pm - Presentation: Practical Applications for CFD Modeling
  • 2:30-5pm - Rotating Tours
    • Building 79 Flu Project Virtual Tour
    • Building 75 QC Tour
    • Tour of the Campus
  • 5:15pm - Wrap-up & Bus Departure
  • 6:15pm - Allentown Area Bus Drop-off (estimated)
  • 7:15pm - Plymouth Meeting Arrival (estimated) 

Snacks and beverages will be provided on the afternoon bus ride home.



Practical applications for computational fluid dynamics simulation

Mark Diehl, head of Sanofi Pasteur’s regional technical engineering group, will give a presentation on how modern computational fluid dynamics simulation tools can be applied in a variety of applications to produce “right-first-time” predictive engineering analysis, eliminating or simplifying the need for prototypes, and increasing confidence in engineering outcomes to predict system behavior in static and dynamic conditions

Bldg. 79 Flu Project Virtual Tour

Mike Killian, a Reliability Engineer and team member of Sanofi’s new bulk influenza vaccine facility expansion project, currently under construction in Swiftwater, will give a “fly-through” tour of the facility using the 3D model. Sanofi is the largest producer of influenza vaccine in the world, and this new expansion is the latest in Sanofi’s mission to expand and improve immunization rates and outcomes for this important health care priority.  Participants will be able to see how Sanofi’s newest plant leverages modern design, construction and planning techniques.

Bldg. 75 QC Tour

In 2017, Sanofi completed a nearly 100,000 sf vaccines Quality Control laboratory facility to replace its legacy testing facility which the business had outgrown. Eric Buckstein will lead a walking tour of this new lab facility (Bldg. 75), which boasts innovative design features, and is supporting Sanofi’s modern and growing portfolio of vaccines.

Tour of the Campus

Sanofi will host a bus tour of its >500 acre major vaccines campus and provide an overview of its industrial operations, commercial operations, R&D operations, and support functions, as well as a historical perspective on the evolution of its vaccines business at the Swiftwater site, which has recently celebrated its 120-year anniversary as a continuously operated vaccines manufacturing site.


Mike Killian

Reliability Engineer

Mike began his career as a Project Engineer for the design and construction firm Lockwood Greene in 2000, working on various design and construction projects for Pharma clients, and later moved to O’Brien & Gere working directly in construction supervision for multiple fast track design build pharmaceutical projects. This role led him eventually to Sanofi Pasteur’s Swiftwater, PA site where he ultimately was hired into the Technical Services team, and where he currently serves in a Reliability Engineering role, supporting the life cycle management of all equipment and systems on site, including optimizing the efficient and reliable operation of industrial assets. At Sanofi, Reliability Engineering also serves as the liaison with the Engineering Department and provides the key inputs from the Maintenance team into capital project designs and execution. When Sanofi began its major bulk influenza vaccine manufacturing expansion, Mike was asked to be the lead Reliability Engineer on the project team. As such, his inputs have been instrumental to the design, constructability, maintainability, and future operating efficiency of this major new facility, planned for commercial licensure in 2021. 


Eric Buckstein

Deputy Director, U.S. Quality Control Focus Factory and Instrument Support Team Lead

Eric began work at the Swiftwater site in 1999 as a laboratory technician and quickly advanced to a microbiology technician and then validation and building manager for Quality Control Instrument Support. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating, performing, and reviewing qualification of analytical instrumentation in the Quality Control, Sterility Assurance and Manufacturing Technology areas.

In his current role as deputy director, U.S. Quality Control Focus Factory and Instrument Support team lead, Eric is responsible for the execution of the Quality Control Facility design and implementation, including budgeting and construction scheduling activities. Additionally, he led the Quality Control Start-Up Team, which included the transition of lab systems, equipment and personnel to the new facility.

With a B.S. in Biology, Eric is continuing his education from East Stroudsburg University by working toward a Masters of Science in Biology. Eric has also been a volunteer at a local ambulance association and volunteer fireman.


Tom Bryant

Senior Director of Engineering Project Management

Tom, our event host, is a ChE, and has been an active member of ISPE for many years. He currently serves on the ISPE-DVC Owners’ Advisory Group. Tom joined Sanofi in 2007 after a 25 year career at Pfizer where he served in roles ranging from supervision of bulk API manufacturing operations, capital project management, head of Engineering Project Management, and eventually Director of Technical Services. Since joining Sanofi Pasteur, he has served as overall head of Engineering operations and is now responsible for site master planning and capital project planning and execution. He has maintained a life-long interest in development of the next generation of engineers in our industry, and today provides active mentorship to young professionals in Sanofi’s “Vaccine Industrial Affairs Associate” program, and is also a strong supporter of Sanofi’s intern and co-op program, working with Sanofi’s University Relations team to recruit and place high-quality talent in meaningful roles.


Mark Diehl

Director, Engineering


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Due to limited capacity, this is a members only program. Walk-in registrations will not be permitted for this event.