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Welcome to ExcipientFest Americas

April 30 (Workshops)
May 1 - 2, 2018 (Expo & Educational Sessions)

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Excipient Industry's Leading Expo and Conference for Regulatory, Science and Supply Chain Education

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Educational Sessions
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*Invited Speaker

Day 1     Tuesday, April 25th  

From 7:00 AM

Registration, Coffee & Pastries


Conference Hall A (Expo Area)  

Conference Hall B (Expo Area)

8:15 AM

Welcome Speech
Dwight Mutchler – ExcipientFest President and Priscilla Zawislak – IPEC Americas Chair

8:30 – 9:15 AM

KEY-NOTE SPEAKER: Before you click "Print": Regulatory considerations for 3D printed oral drug products – Ahmed Zidan, FDA

9:15 – 9:30 AM

Coffee & Networking Break


9:30 – 10:15 AM

Organic Taste Modulation (Bitterblock): Improved tastemasking with less sodium and sugar Jim Langan, CellMark

A pragmatic approach to Atypical Actives – Priscilla Zawislak, IPEC Americas

10:15 – 11:00 AM

Managing the delicate balance between Purchasing Strategy and Quality Requirements – Jon Gawlak, Par Pharmaceuticals

Direct compressible excipients for ODT formulations: comparison of traditional and innovative solutions – Javier Camargo, OMYA

11:00 – 11:15 AM

Coffee & Networking Break


11:15 – 12:15 PM

Advanced Polymer Technologies – New Frontiers in Drug Delivery Systems Meera Raghuram - Lubrizol

Safety and quality control of pharmaceutical excipients for injectables in China – Song Xiaosong - NIFDC

12:15 – 1:30 PM        

Lunch and Networking

1:30 – 2:15 PM

USP Update on excipient standard setting activities – the importance of stakeholder engagement with USP – Hong Wang, US Pharmacopeia

Novel Docusate Excipients for Poorly Soluble APIs – Nimal Jayasuriya, Solvay

2:15 – 3:00 PM

Multiples Uses of Poloxamer 188 – Nigel Langley, BASF Corporation

Multivariate analysis to enable product understanding in a QbD eraBastiaan Dickhoff, DFE Pharma

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Poster Q&A Session & Coffee Break


3:30 – 4:15 PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Advancement of Emerging Technology Applications to Modernize the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing - Geoff Wu - FDA OPS Emerging Technology Team

4:15 – 5:00 PM

SPEAKERS’ ROUND TABLE: Science (Non) Fiction: 21st Century Medicines   Virginia Wotring - NIBSP, Ahmed Zidan -FDA, Geoff Wu - FDA Emerging Technologies Office, Meera Raghuram - IPEC Americas

5:00 – 6:30 PM

ExcipientFest Cocktail with Live Music

6:30 PM  IPEC-Americas Soiree - Skyline at the Waterfront

Day 2 Wednesday, April 26th

From 7:30 AM

Registration, Coffee & Local Pastries


Conference Hall A (Expo Area)  

Conference Hall B (Expo Area)

9:00 – 9:45 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Longterm Space Flight and its challenges for Pharma and Biotech Industries –  Virginia Wotring, National Space Biomedical Research Institute

9:45 – 10:00 AM

Coffee Break & Networking Break


10:00 – 10:45 AM

Excipients:  Critical Components of the Biomanufacturing Process  – Jeff Shumway - MilliporeSigma

Ensuring Patient Safety through Appropriate Impurity Evaluation – Chad Pezoldt - BioSpectra

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Coffee Break & Networking Break  

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Fingerprinting Biologics Drugs Using Drop Coat Deposition Confocal Raman (DCDCR) Spectroscopy - Ravi Kalyanaraman - BMS

Novel Excipients Safety Qualfication - IPEC Americas/IQ Proposal- David Schoneker and Nigel Langley, IPEC Americas

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Lunch and Award Presentation for Academic Posters

1:30 – 2:15 PM

A Review of NSF / IPEC / ANSI 363 GMP Standard for Pharmaceutical Excipients – Findings and Best Practices – Jim Morris, NSF

Understanding the Filmcoating Process – Anthony Carpanzano - JRS Pharma LP

2:15 - 3:00 PM

MRI Traceable Protein Biomaterials for Drug Delivery – Jin Montclare, New York University

Sugar Spheres: Improving clinical effectiveness with Multiparticulate drug delivery systems – Philipp Werner, pharm-a-spheres

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Coffee Break & Networking Break

3:30 – 4:15 PM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Medical Marijuana: Improving Stability with Novel Delivery Method Lekhram Changoer - AXIM Biotechnologies

4:15– 6:00 PM

ExcipientFest Cocktail



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Who Should Participate:

Pharmaceutical Scientists, Technical Service, Quality Assurance/ Compliance, Process Engineers, Production & Purchasing, Students and Professors of Chemistry/Pharmacology and related areas.

Attendance fees

Total Conference Expo (Early Bird): $420 (Until March 2/2018)

Total Conference Expo: $520 (After March 2/2018)

Each additional Workshop: $150

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