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Pharma Innovation Forum - Plan to Attend

Michael K. O'Brien, PhD

2017 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo

We are living through an unprecedented era of new technology development in virtually all sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, most notably electronics/digital technologies, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer practices, and transportation.  Ten years ago, who would have thought:

  • Self-driving cars could soon be an everyday reality
  • More smart phones are in Australia than there are people
  • Data storage and computing would be done in something called ‘the cloud’ and
  • Traditional stores and markets would disappear or radically change as consumers increasingly purchase their goods online

In the health sciences sector, we are witnessing transformational advances in how we treat disease. Scientists are now able to utilize viruses to genetically engineer T-cells to kill specific tumor cells, traditional batch development, and manufacturing processes are giving way to smaller footprints, much more flexible continuous and modular technologies, and something called 3-D printing is now being utilized to manufacture FDA approved drugs.

At the 2017 ISPE Annual Meeting in San Diego on 29 October – 1 November, our Innovation Forum educational track will feature seven exciting sessions that will speak to a variety of the most interesting and impactful innovative technologies in the world today, including some of the ones mentioned above.  The session titles below speak to the diversity of topics included in the Innovation Forum:

  • Accelerating Innovation: Therapeutics Manufacturing
  • Using 3D Printing Technology for Drug Delivery
  • Emerging Methods, Equipment and Technologies
  • The Combination Product Development Process
  • Innovative Trends and Applications in PAT
  • Emerging Therapeutic Modalities & Medical Devices
  • Innovative, Cross Industry Strategic Partnerships

Join us at some or all of the Innovation Forum sessions.  You won’t be disappointed.

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The 2017 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo offers a unique experience, built to expand your professional education and increase your exposure to regulators and industry thought leaders from around the world. Education highlights include:

  • In-Depth Workshops – Dive into technical topics focused on complex processes
  • Hot-Topic Sessions – Explore hot topics impacting your company strategies and challenges
  • Rapid-Fire Technical Sessions – Catch short, focused presentations on topics specific to your daily operations
  • Comprehensive Sessions for All Levels – Take in a range of topics—from foundational for early career professionals, to global issues for senior executives