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Biomanufacturing and Process Development (BPD)

Mission and Goals

Biomanufacturing and Process Development's (BPD) mission is to provide a forum for process development and manufacturing scientists and engineers to discuss bioprocessing issues. The group meets approximately eight to ten times a year with speakers from academia, industry, technology vendor experts and regulatory experts. This is one of the 20-plus Exchange Groups that are supported statewide by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Membership Guidelines

Faculty, students, postdocs and industry members with interest in BPD are welcome.

Meeting Format

A similar meeting format as previous years will be maintained in the 2017-2018 season. Each event will host multiple speakers centered around the event theme, allow time for networking among attendees, and optionally include a vendor show or poster presentations.

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Program Schedule 2017-2018 Season

Unless otherwise noted: Most events run from 1 to 5 p.m. at NCBiotech. Event admission is $25 for industry/faculty, $5 for graduate/postdoctoral students and FREE for unemployed job seekers. Registration is required for all seminars.

Monthly meeting and vendor sponsorship packages are available.
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Program Schedule for the 2017-2018 Season

October 23, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


7th Annual BPD Single-Use Symposium and Vendor Show

Please join us for a full day of vendor and industry talks, innovative displays, door prizes and networking opportunities.

This year's program includes featured talks on mixer integrity testing as well as single-use supplier relationships with the end user, and much more. Register today to reserve your spot for these informative presentations!​


$25 Industry/Academic Professionals, $5 Students


8:30 - 9 a.m.  Registration
9 - 12 p.m.     Presentations and Vendor Show
12 - 1 p.m.     Lunch
1 - 4 p.m.       Presentations and Vendor Show



Adam Sokolnicki, MilliporeSigma - "Single-Use Assembly Leak Test: Principles & Practice"

Karen Green, MilliporeSigma - Time is of the Essence: Creating a New Synergy Between Single-Use Adopters and Suppliers”

Christine “Cricket” Megarity, Pfizer - Qualifying Redundant Disconnection Technologies as Container Closure Systems for the Long-Term Storage and Shipping of a Frozen Vaccine Intermediate or Drug Substance Dispensing Platform: A Case Study”

Renaud Jacquemart, Natrix - Membrane absorbers for single-use applications


Participating Vendors:

Andersen Products
Charter Medical
EMD Millipore
Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group​


Vendors interested in participating in the Vendor Show should contact Hannah Cole for an information packet.

November 30, 2017

12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Viral Clearance Symposium

On November 30th, please join us at the BPD Viral Clearance Symposium sponsored by WuXi AppTec for an afternoon of networking opportunities and vendor and industry talks. Featured talks include:

"Leveraging Modular Claims for Viral Clearance" 
- Marisa Labanca, Biogen

"Modular Clearance Claims on Nanofiltration: A Historical Database Analysis"
- Alexander Swchwartz, WuXi AppTec

"QbD Approach to Viral Filtration Studies"
- Annie Leahy, Millipore

"Safety of Plasma Derived Products Regarding Blood Borne Viruses"
- Cameron Binnie, Grifols

"Mitigating the Risk of Viral Contamination with Upstream Barrier Methods"
- Kathy Remington, BioReliance

$25 Industry/Academic Professionals, $5 Students




January, 2018

Networking Facility Tour

February 15, 2018

Innovator, Biosimilar and Biobetters Symposium

March 15, 2018

Cell Line Development Symposium

April 12, 2018

PAT/Advanced Automation Symposium and Vendor Show

May 3, 2018

Quality Control/Regulatory Symposium

For more information on monthly meeting and vendor sponsorship packages, contact Hannah Cole.


Steering Committee Members 2017-2018

Hannah Cole North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Barney Crum Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Gary Gilleskie Golden LEAF BTEC
Damien Hallet Heat Biologics
Nathaniel Hentz Golden LEAF BTEC
Stewart Kohnberg (Chair Elect) TCI Chemicals
Christine Megarity Pfizer Inc.
Elisa Newkirk Grifols
Thomas Parker EMD Millipore
Nikki Pavlides (Chair) Pfizer Inc.
Shahid Rameez KBI Biopharma
Shraddha Shapariya (Past Chair)  
Dhaval Tapiawala Pfizer Inc.
Dan Thomas ANGUS Chemical Company
Jeremy Weaver Grifols
Kevin Williams NC Central University
Kelly Wiltberger Biogen
Jennifer Zhang Biogen

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