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President's Message: Spring into a New Season of Activities with the Boston Area Chapterů

Dear Boston Area Chapter Members,

Happy spring everyone! In a few short weeks the region went from being buried under 100 inches of snow to 60° F temperatures. We went from "celebrating" breaking the all-time snow record to welcoming the boys of summer back to Fenway Park for their first home game. It's amazing how quickly things change in New England!

Here is a recap of the great events the Chapter held in the last few months. The annual ski outing was held at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire on March 6. The day started with a broken down bus but ended with a great after-ski party. Mixed in during the day were blue skies, sun, warm weather and awesome snow. Probably one of the best New England ski days in memory!

On March 19, Edmund Mrak, Drug Specialist, New England District of Food and Drug Administration and member of FDA's Pharmaceutical Inspectorate and Xach Kibbie, Senior Risk Program Manager, Quality Risk Management Department, Shire discussed how risk approaches integrate across different quality systems, in combination with a tour of Shire's state-of-the-art cell culture operations.

On April 16, the Chapter held its annual Student Poster Contest at WPI prior to the April educational program, giving competitors a chance to display their work for attendees. The winning undergrad and grad winners received a $500 cash prize and a free trip to Philadelphia to compete at the International Student Poster Competition at the ISPE Annual Meeting in November. Winners of the international competition receive cash awards and have the opportunity to publish their research in ISPE's Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine, as well as other Chapter/Affiliate publications. Congratulations to this year's winners:

 Congratulations to Poster Competition winners undergraduate D. Ezra Aurian-Blajeni (l) from UMass Amherst and grad student Sydney Shaw (r) from Northeastern.

April's educational program was a dual-track consisting of two presentations. The intro level "Downstream Processing Techniques and Single Use Applications," was presented by Stuart Green, VP of Process Engineering for Pall Corporation's Life Science Division of North America who provided an excellent overview of the topic. The more advanced "Integrated Continuous Downstream Processing - An Enabling Approach that will Break the Bottleneck" was delivered by Dr. Kathleen Mihlbachler, Global Director of Separations Development, LEWA Process Technologies for attendees already familiar with the basics. Both presentations were well attended with a total of over 70 in attendance.

The Chapter is holding a lot of great events in the next few months and I encourage Members to take part in at least one of them. First is the annual Boston Area Chapter brainstorming session on April 29, the first step in choosing the topics for the educational programs for 2016. This is a great opportunity to help the Chapter plan programs of interest to you and your peers for the upcoming year so if you have ideas for programs, speakers, or locations please join us to share your thoughts. A pre-session networking reception with light dinner will let you unwind with fellow industry professionals. The brainstorming session will be held at the BETC facility at WPI's Gateway Park in Worcester.

The following day, on April 30, the Young Professionals will be holding their annual Pizza, Networking and Bowling event at The Flatbread Company in Davis Square, Somerville followed by candlepin bowling at the famous Sacco's Bowl Haven. The event is planned by the YPs but is open to all "young at heart" professionals.

Next on the calendar for the busy spring season is the first of our two annual golf outings, held at the Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk on Monday, May 11. Join other industry professionals for a casual round of golf at this great course south of Boston near the Rhode Island border. Foursomes and sponsorships are still available for this event. Don't have a foursome? Individual Members wishing to play are encouraged to register and join the fun.

The May 21 educational program will be held at Biogen's corporate headquarters in Weston where a panel of five industry professionals will conduct a series of round table discussions on better ways to deliver fast-track projects. Panelists will share their experiences and offer solid insights and recommendations for producing successful fast-track projects. Due to technical limitations at the meeting site, this event will not be simulcast. Instead, the Chapter will re-broadcast the event in its entirety at the Crowne Plaza Providence in Warwick, RI and the WPI BETC at Gateway Park in Worcester on May 28. Both locations will feature networking receptions including appetizers prior to the videotaped presentations. So plan to join us in Weston on May 21, or in Warwick or Worcester a week later, for this unique event.

So while you're enjoying this pleasant spring with its great weather, plan to add one or two of these important Chapter events to your agenda. I promise, you won't be disappointed!


Christopher Opolski
ISPE Boston Area Chapter


Chapter Manager: Amy Poole, CAMI - Tel: 1.781.647.4773 and E-mail:
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