Review: IMA Aseptic Processing Symposium in Italy

Critical equipment maker has reported on the success of the event held in Bologna in June

Critical equipment manufacturer IMA Life, has reported that the Aseptic Processing Symposium held in Bologna (Italy) ended on a high. The two-day event drew to a close on 14 June.

Key speakers addressed an international audience of more than 100 leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry professionals from 24 countries worldwide.

“The symposium was as a marvellous opportunity for participants to acquire in-depth knowledge and enabled a privileged insight into a wealth of trending topics directly from the experts, whom I wish to thank personally on behalf of IMA Life for their invaluable contribution," said Michele Arduini, IMA Life Sales & Marketing Director.

The topics covered generated widespread interest and the networking opportunities, encouraged by the positive, collaborative and relaxed atmosphere gave rise to fruitful interaction among all participants.

Speaker line-up

Speakers of an international calibre such as Phil Templeton, MD of Aseptic Technology and Design Ltd, discussed the management and planning of isolator projects.

Michael Hamilton from Jacobs USA presented recent case studies illustrating process design for aseptic filling.

Robert Roy, Director of Aseptic Technology at IIPS, talked of the latest trends in aseptic processing, whereas OSIsoft representatives gave speeches on a data-centric foundation for the pharmaceutical industry.

Two key technological partners of IMA Life, TSI dealing with microbiological air sampling and Corning introducing their latest Valor Glass vials, contributed to the rich subject matter.

Last but not least, participants were able to discover the benefits of advanced robotics illustrated by two speakers (Flavio Brambilla from ADIENNE Pharma & Biotech, and Alberto Penati from Patheon-Thermo Fisher Scientific) whose first-hand experience of INJECTA gave valuable insight into IMA Life’s latest fill-finish machine for nested ready-to-use syringes, vials and cartridges.

Whereas INJECTA was on show and, during the tour of IMA Life’s facility in Ozzano Emilia, could be viewed close-up alongside other integrated aseptic processing lines, the other important innovation in spray freeze-drying technology was presented during the conference by Arnab Ganguly, Technology Manager at IMA Life North America.

LYnfinity enables the only freeze-drying process allowing continuous aseptic manufacturing from formulation to powder dispensing.

Commenting on the outlook, Arduini said: "We look forward to organising similar events in the near future and will soon be arranging registration to our Isolation Technologies training course to be held at the IMA Life facility.”

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