PepTalk 2017
PepTalk 2017
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Cambridge Healthtech Institute‚Äôs Tenth Annual 
Lyophilization and Emerging Drying Technologies
Formulation and Process Optimization, QbD, Process and Scale-Up Challenges
January 10-11, 2017 | Hilton San Diego Bayfront | San Diego, CA

The popular Tenth Annual Lyophilization and Emerging Drying Technologies conference covers latest trends and challenges in lyophilization and emerging drying technologies. This conference features in-depth case studies, new and unpublished data and discussions on developing scientifically sound formulation, process optimization for biologics and vaccines. It also presents cutting-edge research and case studies on freeze/thaw and formulation challenges, drying in cartridges, storage stability, QbD and PAT approaches and strategies for scale-up from R&D scale to full production level, and selection of container closure systems.

We invite you to present a poster and attend to join colleagues in this discussion of the key challenges and solutions in lyophilization and other drying technologies.

Preliminary Agenda


Resolving Scale-Up Problems in Freeze Drying: Differences in Dry Layer Resistance and in Effective Vial Heat Transfer Coefficients

Michael Pikal, Ph.D., Distinguished Endowed Chair, Pharmaceutical Technology & Professor, Pharmaceutics, University of Connecticut

An Industry Prospective on Application of Modeling to Lyophilization Process Scale-Up and Transfer

Serguei Tchessalov, Ph.D., Associate Research Fellow, Bio Therapeutics R&D, Pfizer

New Case Studies and Strategies for Manufacturing, Scale-Up and Tech Transfer

Alexander P. Herbert, Senior Process Engineer, Process Engineering and Pilot Plant, West-Ward Pharmaceuticals

Innovative Approaches for Lyophilization Process, Equipment and Drug Product Characterization

Ahmad M. Abdul-Fattah, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Lyophilization Unit, Coriolis Pharma


Role of Water in Chemical Instability of Freeze-Dried Proteins: Plasticization vs. Water Catalysis

Evgenyi Shalaev, Ph.D., Research Investigator, Pharmaceutical Development, Allergan

Mobility and Water-Dependent Chemical Reaction Pathways in Lyophilized Formulations of Peptides and Proteins

Bradley D. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Kentucky


Modeling the Secondary Drying Stage of Freeze Drying: Development and Validation of an Excel-Based Model

Ekneet Sahni, Ph.D., Senior Process Development Engineer, Manufacturing Science and Technology (MSAT), Pfizer

Bench-Top Methods for Predicting Stability of Freeze-Dried Proteins

Marcus T. Cicerone, Ph.D., Biomaterials Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology

For questions about the meeting, please contact:

Nandini Kashyap
Conference Director
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: 781-972-5406

For partnering & sponsorship information, please contact:

Companies A-K
Jason Gerardi
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: 781-972-5452
Fax: 781-972-5470

Companies L-Z
Carol Dinerstein
Director, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: 781-972-5471
Fax: 781-972-5470