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PMF Fall Forum 2018




We are very excited to announce this year's PMF Fall Forum, "Current Trends in Pharmaceutical Microbiology".  Leading industry experts will present and discuss topics relating to current regulatory, compendial and enforcement trends in Quality Control Microbiology.

Our industries, relying on compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices, are subject to the ever-evolving continuum of our regulatory environment.  This conference will provide you with a perspective on several current trends relating to QC Microbiology.  We are privileged to have well-recognized industry Subject Matter Experts present their knowledge and experiences with tackling the challenges associated with these trends, ranging from QC Microbiology data integrity to historical and current regulatory enforcement actions relating to Burkholderia cepecia complex.  Effectively recognizing and addressing these current trends is key to cGMP compliance.

“Current Trends in Pharmaceutical Microbiology” will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to acquire the knowledge and learn the skills necessary for managing these challenges.

Early Bird Registration Discount:  Register by October 5 to receive $200 off the registration fee!

 Read more and register here.



Monday, November 12, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration and Full Breakfast Buffet

8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome – Robert Westney

9:00 - 10:30 am

Utilizing an Organized Data Driven Approach to Investigate, Solve Problems, and Demonstrate Process Control – Matthew Paquette, Product Specialist, Charles River

10:30 - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Establishing Environmental Monitoring Alert and Action Levels: A Novel Case Study – Doug Schmidt, Director of Quality Control, Exela Pharma Sciences LLC

12:00 - 1:00 pm


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Burkholderia cepacia complex: Current Regulatory Trends – Bob Westney, Director of Quality and Operations, Cryologics Inc.

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Manufacturing Quality Product in an Aging Facility – Randy Hutt, Associate Director, Microbiological Services, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals

3:00 – 3:30 pm


3:30 - 5:00 pm

Microbial Monitoring of Potable Water and Waters for Pharmaceutical Purposes: Myths and Best Practices – Tony Cundell, Ph.D., Consulting Microbiologist

5:00 - 6:30 pm



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 am

Registration and Full Breakfast Buffet 

8:30 - 10:00 am

QC Microbiology: How Automation and Integration Enforce Data Integrity – Rob Lutskus, Global Product Delivery Manager – Informatics, Lonza

10:00 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 11:30 am

Use of the USP for Training, Standards, and Best Practices in Pharmaceutical Microbiology – Don Singer, Senior Fellow, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutical GMP Operations, GlaxoSmithKline

11:30 am -12:30 pm


12:30 - 1:30 pm

Surviving the Microbiology Lab Audit - Tips from the Trenches – Rick Jakober, Vice President of Laboratory Services, Perritt Laboratories, Inc.

1:30 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Identification Techniques of Environmental Isolates – Brian Beck, Ph.D., VP of Research and Development, Microbiologics Inc.

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Panel Discussion

·         Robert Westney

·         Matthew Paquette

·         Doug Schmidt

·         Tony Cundell

·         Randy Hutt

·         Rob Lutskus

·         Don Singer

·         Rick Jakober

·         Brian Beck


Conference Concludes