May / June 2019

ISPE Briefs - May/June 2019

Christopher Hyatt Small, PE

Another Success for ISPE CaSA Chapter with Life Sciences Tech Conference

The ISPE Carolina-South Atlantic (CaSA) Chapter’s 26th Annual Life Sciences Technology Conference was a highly successful event that took place on 12 March 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The conference featured 209 exhibiting companies and organizations and attracted over 1,200 attendees.

CaSA members
Left to right: Mike Putnam, CaSA President; Wes Robbins, CaSA Past Board Member; Chris Combs, Founder of Team Chris Combs; Christopher Small, Conference Chair.

Keynote speaker Andy Stober, Chief Technology Officer at AveXis, addressed a standing-room only audience, and education sessions were well attended. Over 27% of attendees were employees of owner/manufacturing companies. During lunch, manufacturing companies’ leaders gathered for the Industry Advisory Council. This group of executives, site heads, and manufacturing directors discussed industry trends and how the ISPE community can better work with their companies.

Women in Pharma® hosted an evening reception at the Stockroom to benefit Team Chris Combs, a local charity a¬ffiliated with Project ALS, a national organization devoted to funding research to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Throughout the day, fundraising and a 50/50 raffle raised $17,300 for these organizations.

Andy Stober, keynote speaker
Andy Stober, keynote speaker

The conference continues to be the marquee event of the CaSA Chapter and has grown to become one of the largest industry events on the East Coast. For more information, please visit

Rocky Mountain Chapter 2019 Vendor Show

The ISPE Rocky Mountain Chapter had a successful 24th Annual Vendor Show on 7 March 2019. This year’s event featured two keynote speeches. The first was provided by Jim Breen, 2019 ISPE International Board of Directors Chair; Vice President, Lead Biologic Expansion, Janssen Pharmaceutical; and Adjunct Professor at Drexel University. The second was given by Mike Freeman, CEO of Innosphere.

Jim Breen addresses the Rocky Mountain Chapter event
Jim Breen addresses the Rocky Mountain Chapter event

Th event had 625 attendees, and featured 110 paid booths and four trade partner booths. A range of sponsors participated this year, including 11 platinum sponsors, five gold sponsors, five presentation sponsors, one lanyard sponsor, and one beer sponsor.

The Annual Ski Day took place the next day at Copper Mountain Resort with more than 80 attendees.

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