Message from the Chair: ISPE Conferences & More Strategic Changes
James A. Breen, Jr., PE
During the winter and spring, ISPE has been very busy holding several very successful and heavily attended conferences, including the Facilities of the Future Conference 7–8 February in San Francisco, California, and the Aseptic Conference 18–19 March in North Bethesda, Maryland.
The ISPE Rocky Mountain Chapter held their 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Vendor Show on 7 March with over 110 exhibitors and 625 attendees. The ISPE Carolina-South Atlantic Chapter (CaSA) also held their 26th Annual Life Sciences Technology Conference on 12 March, which was also an outstanding success with over 1,000 attendees and 209 exhibitors.Read more about these events in ISPE Briefs.Great work by the CaSA and Rocky Mountain chapters! These shows are just some of the many conferences and events sponsored by ISPE’s chapters and affiliates each year around the world and we encourage all members to participate.
After ISPE’s tremendous success with Facilities of the Future programs over the past few years, we have decided to focus some resources on an equally important topic: Workforce of the Future. Research has shown that most jobs will require retraining and upskilling due to the impact of new technology in areas such as data analytics, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT). ISPE will be developing articles, programs, and training opportunities to allow members to prepare and position themselves for future career opportunities in these areas. More information will be coming in the next months on the important issues affecting all industries on how to prepare the workforce for digitalization.
The ISPE Board has been working on a new five-year strategic plan, which we will announce to our members at the 2019 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo 27–30 October in Las Vegas, Nevada. This new plan, commencing in 2020, will steer the Society into the future. Please stay tuned for more details.
We welcomed 2023 with high hopes and dreams of what Women in Pharma® could eventually be. As I prepare to conclude my time as the Chair of ISPE’s International Women in Pharma Steering Committee, I do so with immense gratitude.
This is my last column in Pharmaceutical Engineering®. It has been my real pleasure and an honor to serve as your International Board Chair. Thank you for your support and I, like you, look forward to another phenomenal year for ISPE in 2024.