ISPE Europe Annual Conference Announces Speaker Line-Up

Inaugural Event to Focus on Pharmaceutical Operations within the New Quality Culture

Brussels, Belgium, (PresseBox) - Renowned pharmaceutical, regulatory and technology experts from around the world will speak at the very first ISPE Europe Annual Conference-Driving Effectiveness in Pharmaceutical Operations within the New Quality Culture scheduled for April 28 - 30 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The programme will include an executive forum, keynote sessions and three different tracks to determine how operational challenges, quality system effectiveness and regulatory changes can merge with a new pharmaceutical paradigm.

The paramount speaker line-up includes over 60 top regulators; production, quality and development professionals. Prof.Dr Wolfram Carius, Senior Vice President, Biopharma; Joe DeFeo, President and CEO, Juran Institute, Inc.; John Pinion, Global Head of PT Quality and Compliance, Roche; Dr. Fergus Sweeney, Head of Inspections and Human Medicines Pharmacovigilance Division, European Medicines Agency; Dr. Martin Bergen, Managing Director, SecurPharm; Dr. Paul Rutten, Principal at McKinsey & Co; and Dr. Birgitte Holst, Director, Novo Nordisk/EFPIA, among many others, will deliver presentations addressing the industry's most pressing issues.

"This Annual Conference will provide a synoptic view to the challenges pharmaceutical operations are facing, from supply chain control, to the impact of new regulations on manufacturing and how to avoid drug shortages by installing a robust pharmaceutical quality system. Industry professionals will have the opportunity to discuss key issues with colleagues and with regulators from EFPIA, EMA, FDA along with national regulators of European countries" said the Executive Forum Chair Thomas Zimmer, Vice President, ISPE European Operations."

Speakers from companies such as Pfizer, Novartis, Juran Institute Inc., Sanofi - Aventis, Roche and others, will illustrate the new quality culture and clarify their visions for future operations. Sessions include topics such as the future of biopharmaceutical operations, the current drug shortages initiatives, the perceived trade-off between fulfilling GMP compliance and lean production, the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive and the future regulatory challenges.

For more information on this conference, including detailed agendas and registration information, visit:

ISPE Europe

ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is the world's largest not-for-profit association serving its Members through leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle. The 20,000 Members of ISPE are building solutions in the development and manufacture of safe and effective pharmaceutical and biologic medicines and medical delivery devices in more than 90 countries around the world. Founded in 1980, ISPE has its worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA. Visit for more information.

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