My favorite part of INTERPHEX is the conference sessions, because I love to listen to experts who are passionate about their work talk about what they have been doing and discovering. Getting a glimpse of the future of the industry, sharing good ideas and best practices, finding solutions to problems, gaining understanding, and even being introduced to completely brand-new areas are all possible in the conference rooms. The topics cover a wide range, with something for everyone.
Pharmaceutical Technology will be interviewing some of the speakers and posting these interviews as short podcasts. I am looking forward to talking one-on-one with these experts and hearing their insights on what they think is important. In early April, tune in to www.pharmtech.com to hear for yourself.
Using quality by design and process analytical technology are two areas where much progress has been made recently. More work remains, however, and several of the conference sessions address these issues. I will be moderating a discussion panel on the topic, “Lessons learned: successes and challenges in implementing quality by design.” Panelists will include Chris Moreton (FinnBrit Consulting), Jonathon Thompson (Invensys), and other manufacturing and regulatory experts who will share their insight and experience. Discussion panels add an extra dimension in that the experts interact with each other in what can be a lively (but polite, of course) debate.
New dynamics shaping the contract service industry will be discussed in a keynote session, “Recalibrating the Pharmaceutical Services Opportunity,” by Jim Miller, president of PharmSource Information Services and contributing editor for Pharmaceutical Technology. Miller will identify opportunities for bio/pharmaceutical companies and for contract services providers.
Perhaps I’ll meet some of you at the conference sessions, or feel free to stop by the Pharmaceutical Technology booth to meet our team.
Manufacturing editor, Pharmaceutical Technology