Insights
May / June 2019

Message from the Chair: ISPE Conferences & More Strategic Changes

James A. Breen, Jr., PE
Jim Breen - ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering

Jim Breen


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 Europe Annual Conference held 1–4 April in Dublin was a great success. I want to thank the Ireland Affiliate for their great work and for setting the bar high for our next Europe Annual Conference.

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.

Strategic Developments

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.

More Learning Opportunities Ahead

There are more learning opportunities ahead this year, including the ISPE Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Conference, 18-20 June in Boston, Massachusetts; ISPE Process Validation Workshop, 20–21 June in Boston; ISPE Europe Biotechnology Conference, 25–26 September in Brussels; ISPE Europe Pharma 4.0 Conference, 20–21 November in Manchester, England; and the ISPE Annual Conference & Expo, 27–30 October in Las Vegas.

For more information on these and other ISPE conferences, and to register, please view upcoming conferences.

As the summer months begin, I hope everyone has an opportunity to relax and recharge while spending time with friends and family. Have a restful and safe vacation season.