by Mark Levanites, Sequence Quality and Compliance Services
The 24th Annual ISPE Boston Area Chapter Product Show returns to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on October 7, 2015 and what a Show we have in store. Whether you're a regular attendee or new to the Product Show we have stepped things up a notch this year and we know you'll be impressed. First things first...
|Gillette Stadium provides a spectacular backdrop for the Annual Product Show.|
We show you the future and deliver everything you need to bring your ideas to life. You'll see the most advanced technologies for enhancing production from beginning to end from 375+ top-tier vendors and service providers . Keep reading for more reasons why you don't want to miss out. And for a video and additional highlights of why you should attend click here .
|Over 375 premier vendors will display their products and services at the 2015 Product Show.|
Register online now prior to the Show and then attend the Show to be entered automatically into our raffle to win our grand prize of lodging, dinner for two at Davios, and two tickets to see the New England Patriots play the New York Jets on October 25th. You must pre-register and attend the Show to be eligible to win!
A highlight of the Product Show, our annual plenary session brings together all attendees to hear keynotes from some of the most inspiring thought leaders who influence our field and our future. This year's speakers include:
The Chapter's Educational Program Committee has been hard at work developing a cutting-edge innovative education program for this year's Show. They have come up with four relevant and timely topics - providing the know-how you need to advance your business. In each session, top thought leaders offer insights on issues essential to the industry and provide a wealth of information relevant to your business.
|This year's new, larger venue for the educational sessions ensures everyone gets a seat, no matter how popular the topic.|
This year's sessions are expected to draw large audiences and for the first time they will be held in the plenary session area in the Northeast Lounge on the main show floor. No more cramped suites an elevator ride away! Plus they will occur sequentially throughout the afternoon of the Show and will be spaced 30 minutes apart. This location and schedule will allow attendees to participate in all four sessions while taking breaks to meet with and learn from exhibitors.
For more detailed information regarding the vendor showcases, including times, click here .
Held in conjunction with the Product Show, the newly expanded Career Fair will feature Human Resources representatives and Talent Acquisition teams from 40 companies. These premier companies in the biopharmaceutical field are looking for qualified and experienced professionals like you to join them! So be sure to swing by and say hello. You might find the opportunity of a lifetime waiting for you. For a listing of hiring companies attending click here .
Also, don't miss out on your chance to update that outdated and unprofessional selfie you've been sharing with potential employers or clients. Come visit our photographer and get a complimentary professional headshot. You can thank us later for assisting you in landing that dream position you've been looking for! Click here for some tips on how to look your best for that photo before you head to the Show.
Champions for Charity Pavilion
One in nine American adults has kidney disease and most don't know it. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure - two major kidney disease risk factors - kidney disease is on the rise. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Walk is an inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation.
This year, the ISPE Boston Area Chapter and The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation are joining together to sponsor a team of ISPE Members and colleagues that will participate in the 2015 Boston Kidney Walk on October 25th. And we need your support. Stop by the Champions for Charity pavilion in the West Clubhouse for an opportunity to meet Patriots alumni Steve Grogan and Joe Andruzzi, the Patriots cheerleaders. For a donation of $20, you can have your photograph taken with these champions. Your donation will be included in the funds raised by the team and donated to the National Kidney Foundation on the day of the walk. Help make a difference for millions of people and support our team!
|Photos with the Patriots cheerleaders are a popular fund raiser at every Product Show.|
What would the Product Show be without our famous After Party? This year we will be at the brand new Optum Field Lounge located in the South end zone so you don't have to leave Gillette Stadium to enjoy the fun. This new location has over 20,000 sf of space with a field level terrace, HD screens, media walls, and premium bars - the perfect place to wind down after the Product Show!
|Last but by no means least, relax with fellow Product Show attendees at the After Party at Gillette's brand new Optum Field Lounge.|
Our special guest this year will be the man who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat - New England Patriot Malcolm Butler. He will be signing autographs and posing for pictures. Make sure to thank him for bringing the Superbowl trophy back to New England! And as a special treat, our musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by beloved Boston icon - Keytar Bear! So come and enjoy the food and festivities after the Show. Doors open at 6:30 pm your Product Show name tag is required for entry so be sure to bring it withyou!
|Patriot's player Malcolm Butler takes the place of last year's Chandler Jones, pictured here. Selfies, anyone?|
New Product Show Website and Mobile App
Take some time and checkout all the new features of our new and improved website for additional details about this year's Product Show. And keep in mind that there is no longer a hard copy of the Show Guide. So if you want to know where to find that exhibitor you have to meet with or the time of that must-see Educational Session or where and when your favorite food is being served, then download the 2015 ISPE Boston Area Chapter mobile app today. Available for both Apple and Droid devices, it is your personal guide to the show.
And last but not least, be a hero like Malcolm Butler and tell your colleagues and friends to register for the show. They will thank you later and buy you a drink at the After Party! Who knows? If they win the raffle, they might even bring you to the game! See you October 7th at Gillette!
Follow Us on Twitter
Remember to follow us on Twitter at @ISPEProductShow for updates of the day's action. Tweet us pictures of your booth for maximum exposure, as we will retweet during the event for all our followers to see. Please feel free to use #ISPEProductShow in all your social media posts as well so attendees and exhibitors alike can more easily find you!
by Howard Sneider, CRB
The Boston Area Chapter Educational Program Committee is proud to present our educational offerings for the 2015 Product Show. Each topic addresses challenges our industry is currently facing or may face in the near future. In each session, top thought leaders offer insights on issues essential to the industry and provide a wealth of information relevant to your business. The presentations are geared to enlighten and engage a wide range of industry professionals and will be enjoyed by those with novice to expert levels of experience.
|Large and conveniently located on the exhibit level, the new venue will more comfortably accommodate the standing-room-only crowds of years past.|
This year the four presentations will occur sequentially throughout the afternoon of the Show. All sessions are conveniently located in the Northeast Lounge in the East Clubhouse, on the same level as the exhibit areas. Presentations are 60 minutes in length and spaced 30 minutes apart. This location and schedule will allow attendees to participate in all four sessions while taking breaks to meet with and learn from exhibitors. For more information about these sessions, please see below.
In addition to these four sessions, there are two presentations designed especially for students (although young professionals and industry veterans could benefit from them as well and are welcome to attend). The first covers how to network at events like the Product Show and provides valuable insights on building your professional network and managing your career. The second introduces Quality Systems and why they are important to everyone working in the life sciences industry. For more information on these sessions, please see the following article on student-focused activities.
Sign up at http://productshow.ispeboston.org/attendees/registration/ today to reserve you seat for the sessions below:
12:30pm to 1:30pm | Keeping Up with Single-Use: An Introduction to Single-Use Manufacturing Systems, Including a Survey of Technology, New Developments, and Economic and Operational Issues
This talk will present an overview of the state of the art in single-use manufacturing, including a survey of available technology and new developments. In addition, it will discuss quality aspects like vendor reliance and validation, economic pros and cons, and operational considerations for biopharmaceutical manufacturing in a single-use facility.
Geoffrey Hodge, Bioprocess Technology Leader, Co-founder Xcellerex, Senior Vice President, UNUM Therapeutics
2:00pm to 3:00pm | Implementing Innovative Technologies
Timing is everything. Everyone wants to be innovative, but deciding when, how, and who can be the difference between success and failure. Jorg Thommes, Biogen Senior Vice President of Operations Technology and Innovation, will share "Biogen's Approach to Biologics Manufacturing and the Role of Innovation in this Approach." James Hughes, Head of Engineering, Technical Services & EHS for AbbVie Bioresearch Centre, will discuss "Fostering an Innovative Culture in Technical Organizations and Building Strategic Value through Integration across Functions"
Dr. Jorg Thommes, Senior Vice President of Operations Technology and Innovation, Biogen
James Hughes, Head of Engineering EHS & Maintenance, Abbvie
3:30pm to 4:30pm | Oral Solid Dosage Baseline Guide Preview
The ISPE Baseline Guides are internationally accepted guidance tools to aid in the development of solutions for new and renovated biopharma manufacturing facilities. The Oral Solid Dosage (or OSD) Baseline Guide Volume 3 rewrite, is currently being finalized and is under industry review. This talk will highlight some of the revisions included in the guide and will discuss the implications of these changes.
Jack Chu, PE, Associate Director of Engineering, Merck
5:00pm to 6:00pm | Bioprocessing Intensification: Strategies for Handling High-Titer Mammalian-Based Bioprocess Systems
This presentation will highlight the latest separation and purification technologies, processing methods and engineering strategies for handling increased productivity of high-titer harvests. Our speaker will discuss some of the scale-up challenges that accompany these technologies including ways of modifying process and facility design. An emphasis will be placed on strategies that operate within the footprint of facilities designed to handle lower-titer processes. The process optimizations discussed here may be applied to both high cell density mammalian cell harvest and high impurity process intermediate streams.
Jonathan Romero Ph.D., Associate Director, Operations Technology and Innovation, Biogen
by Brian Hagopian, Clear Water Consulting, and Paige Kane, Pfizer
The Annual Product Show at Gillette Stadium is one of the industry's premier events and it will be a magnet for students this year, with a brand new cluster of student-focused activities built into the program. To encourage students to attend, the Chapter will provide free bus transportation from several area campuses - watch your email for more detailed information.
Our first order of business for students is to help the winners of our Annual Student Poster Contest get ready for the international-level competition at the ISPE Annual Meeting in November. We've enlisted help from the Chapter's Board of Directors and several judges to help our students polish their presentations. Students will be showing off their posters and practicing their presentations in the VIP area at Gillette from 1:30 to 2:00pm.
|Help local winners prepare for the international-level Poster Competition at Annual Meeting.|
Next, we have two educational sessions specifically designed for students, although young professionals and industry veterans could benefit from and are welcome to attend these programs as well. The first program covers how to network at events like the Product Show and provides valuable insights on building your professional network and managing your career. The second program introduces Quality Systems and why they are important to everyone working in the life sciences industry.
The Chapter will also be introducing its first-ever competition between Student Chapters with students selecting their topics and doing their initial research using the vast product resources and subject matter experts available at the Product Show.
Lastly, the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is hosting a networking social from 5:00 to 6:00pm in the Southeast Lounge where students and young professionals can meet, mingle and network in a relaxed atmosphere. The YPC always does a great job with this event, so expect some surprises along with great food and camaraderie.
|The Product Show provides many opportunities to relax with friends, old & new.|
Of course, all of these student-focused activities are merely icing on the cake. With over 375 booths this year, the exhibit area will provide an education in the life sciences industry for students who walk the aisles to view the thousands of products and services on display. And the Career Fair will provide an introduction to many of the industry leaders currently hiring in the Boston Area. So mark your calendars and plan to attend the Product Show on October 7. You'll be glad you did!
|The exhibit area offers a comprehensive introduction to the life sciences industry.|
1:30pm - 2:00 pm | Student Poster Presentations | West Clubhouse, South Red Level Landing
Help the winners of the Annual Student Poster Contest polish their presentations in preparation for the international-level competition in November.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | How to Network Successfully at the Product Show | West Clubhouse, South Red Level Landing
Events like the Product Show are great places to meet professionals in the life sciences industry and excellent opportunities to build your network. Come to this session to learn how to make a strong first impression when meeting people and build your network.
3:30pm - 4:30pm | Quality Systems - What Are They and How Can They Give Me an Edge? | West Clubhouse, South Red Level Landing
Quality Systems are an essential part of the life sciences industry. This presentation will help you understand what Quality Systems are and why they exist. Come learn the industry lingo as well as the elements that make up a good Quality System from two recognized experts in the field.
5:00pm - 6:00pm | Young Professionals Networking Hour | East Clubhouse, Southeast Lounge
Whether you are in college, a recent graduate, or a working professional with a few years of experience, the Young Professionals Networking Hour is a great way to relax and meet your peers after a day at the Product Show.
by Peter Trearchis, Pfizer
This year the Boston Area Chapter has put together another great Product Show at Gillette Stadium! With the keynote address, exhibits, vendor showcases, educational sessions, student development programs, networking opportunities and numerous other activities there is lots to see and do once again! Educational sessions this year range from single-use technology discussions to high titer processing strategies designed for industry professionals, and programs for students providing valuable information on networking and quality systems for those preparing for their entry into the workplace.
The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) has helped to plan two events at this year's Show: Champions for Charity and the Young Professionals Networking Hour. First a little background on Champions for Charity. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Boston Kidney Walk is a fundraiser promoting the prevention of kidney disease and the need for organ donation. This year, it is taking place on Sunday, October 25 and the Boston Area Chapter has joined with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to sponsor a team of ISPE Members and colleagues - the ISPE Nephronators - who will take part in the walk.
To support the team and help raise money for the NKF, visit the Champions for Charity pavilion in the West Clubhouse from 1:00 to 5:00pm. For a donation of $20, you can have your photograph taken with Patriots alumni Steve Grogan and Joe Andruzzi, and the Pats cheerleaders! Your donation will be included in the funds raised by the team and donated to the NKF on the day of the walk. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community, which is part of the mission of the Boston Area Chapter. The Boston Kidney Walk is the largest walk of its kind in the country so be sure to stop by the Champions for Charity pavilion and contribute to this worthy cause!
On a lighter note, for those wanting to make connections with young colleagues around the industry and to see how we can assist you in learning more about the biotech community, please stop by the Young Professionals' Networking Hour sponsored by the YPC. Whether you're in college, a recent grad or a working professional with a few years' experience, the YPC is a great way to network, have fun, give back to ISPE and continue learning about the industry as you begin or progress in your career. The event will be held from 5:00 to 6:00pm in the Southeast Lounge with refreshments and the opportunity to win gift cards from a raffle drawing. Be sure to stop by and say hi!
by Jim Grunwald, Commissioning Agents, with photos by Brian Hagopian, Clear Water Consulting
The Chapter's Summer Golf Outing on August 17th was a great success again this year with our host venue Kernwood Country Club in Salem, MA providing an amazing experience on this North Shore jewel. A full field was greeted with the course in tournament shape, amazing hospitality shown by the Kernwood staff, great food and camaraderie.
|The views are always a distraction at exclusive Kernwood Country Club in Salem.|
During the tournament, summer weather was in full force tempered by the afternoon sea breeze on the incoming tide. The competition was very keen and our winners were:
|Congratulations to the winning foursomes (top to bottom): 1st Place - Reflex Lighting; 2nd Place - Interstate Electrical; and 3rd Place - The Wilkinson Companies.|
Lastly, we would like to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event possible and for contributing to our Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, now in its fifth year, the recipient of the event's proceeds. In addition to supporting the Scholarship Fund, the event's 50/50 raffle returned nearly $800 for Children's Hospital, this year's chosen charity.
|Congratulations to double-winner Magali Franceschini of Shire.|
Many thanks to our event sponsors - your support is greatly appreciated:
Hope to see everyone at next year's golf outings scheduled for May and August as well as at all of our upcoming summer and fall events! And if you're interested in volunteering on the Social Programs Committee please contact Dan Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated: 4 November 2015