ISPE understands that conferences are not only an opportunity to hear from experts, participate in high-level training and get a pulse on what is happening internationally in the pharmaceutical arena; it is also a chance to mingle with folks you may never have the opportunity to meet.

We are dedicated to bringing together ideas, expertise and industry leaders to provide you with a forum for career growth, education, participation and knowledge. Through our variety of celebratory and social events, you can participate more fully and round out your meeting experience.

Sunday, 11 November

Young Professionals/Student Luncheon and Orientation 

12.30 – 15.00

The Young Professionals/Student Luncheon and Orientation offers many opportunities for you to meet and greet other industry professionals and students, learn about industry trends and make valuable connections to boost your career potential.

New Member/First-Time Attendee Orientation 

16.00 – 17.00

Meet fellow Members, who have volunteered to be Mentors, to help you make the most of your Annual Meeting experience and to learn more about ISPE and the San Francisco area from our leadership and local chapter representatives.

Don’t forget to register through the 2012 Annual Meeting Delegate Registration Form by checking “I’m a New Member” or “I’m a First Time Attendee” box.

Sunday Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall 

17.00 – 19.00

2012 Annual Meeting delegates are invited to the Exhibit Hall on 11 November to network over hors d’oeuvres and catch up with old friends and meet new ones. More than 250 suppliers will be on hand to answer questions and share industry knowledge. Guest registration available.

Special Guests: Facility of The Year Category Winners 

Representatives from each of the 2012 Facility of the Year Award-winning companies will also be in attendance at the Sunday Welcome Reception to discuss their innovative facilities and celebrate their achievements with attendees. Be sure to stop by the Facility of the Year Awards booth in the Exhibit Hall to meet them.

Monday, 12 November

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Monday 4th Annual Charity 5K Run/Walk at Crissy Field 

Price: US$25
Start Time: 06.00

Plan your travel in order to participate in the 4th Annual Charity 5K (3.1 miles). Join fellow members, guests and locals as you run or walk for a cause! In honor of National Diabetes month, the proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association. The ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information on the ADA visit

In light of the current catastrophe, and the prior commitment to the ADA, half of the proceeds will be shared with the American Red Cross to aid victims of the hurricane.

Thanks to the help of the local San Francisco branch, you will be running or walking on one of the world’s most beautiful running courses —and it’s flat! The Crissy Field route will take you along the San Francisco Bay with views of the Golden Bridge and the San Francisco Skyline. You will even have the opportunity slap the famous Hopper’s Hands ( 60 KB). Don’t miss this great opportunity to get the day started and watch the sunrise. Transportation will be provided. Guest registration available.

New Member/First-Time Attendee Breakfast 

07.15 – 08.15

ISPE has made the most important meal of the day even more important. Take part in this high-impact networking session where you will get to build new relationships with fellow conference attendees. Don’t forget your business cards!

Don’t forget to register through the 2012 Annual Meeting Delegate Registration Form by checking “I’m a New Member” or “I’m a First Time Attendee” box.

ISPE International Student Poster Competition 

13.30 – 17.00

Student poster finalists from around the world showcase visual displays of their research or program highlights. A panel of distinguished industry judges will select the international graduate and undergraduate winners, who will be recognized at the Annual Meeting Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 13 November and in ISPE publications. Visit for details.

COP Night General Reception 

17.30 – 19.00

ISPE’s 19 Communities of Practice are teaming up in the Atrium to offer attendees an exciting evening of camaraderie. Join friends and colleagues for casual networking activities while enjoying delicious appetizers and cold beverages. The price is right – admittance is complimentary for full education delegates and exhibitors. But you must register for the COP Night General Reception in order to join the fun! Guest Registration Available.

Young Professionals Dinner - Everyone is Welcome! 

19.30 – 22.00

New Members, First-Time Conference Attendees and Conference Delegates are invited for an evening of fun hosted by ISPE’s Young Professionals. This year’s event will take place at San Francisco’s famous Jillian’s at Metreon where you will enjoy great food, networking and the largest billiard lounge in the city. Guest Registration Available.
Cost $50.00

Tuesday, 13 November


Tuesday 06.00 and Wednesday 07.00

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings we will offer ISPilates led by a fellow member! Basic core strength class, perfect for beginners but challenging enough for a seasoned athlete. The class will incorporate yoga, stretching and breathing techniques into the core strength focus. Register for this online or email ISPE. Guest registration available

Young Professionals Meet and Greet 

Tuesday 07.00 – 08.00 and Wednesday 08.00 – 09.00

Join the Young Professionals Tuesday and Wednesday morning for an opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and learn about the educational sessions offered for the day. Brief introductions and overviews of the session topics will be provided to help you choose which sessions are right for you and to provide you with some background before attending. Meet some new faces or find a mentor to join you during the educational sessions. All are welcome to attend - Young Professionals and our "Seasoned Veterans" alike!

Membership Luncheon and Awards Ceremony 

13.30 – 17.00

Enjoy lunch and hear from 2012 Chair Arthur (Randy) Perez, PhD as he reflects of his year as ISPE Chair and his impressions on the important role ISPE plays for Members. ISPE leadership and colleagues will provide insight on Society accomplishments and look ahead to 2013 goals. Special recognition awards will be presented to Members, Affiliates, Chapters, committees, companies, authors, and students.

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In his remarks, Dr. Arthur “Randy” Perez, 2012 Chair of the ISPE International Board of Directors will discuss a year of transformation for ISPE. Under his leadership, the Society identified strategic priorities and leveraged resources to increase the Society’s technical and member engagement, and leadership in regulatory affairs. His remarks will be reflective of his year as ISPE Chair and will highlight his impressions on the important role ISPE members have in shaping industry consensus around technical and regulatory issues.

Tuesday Night Party – Streets of San Francisco 

19.00 – 22.00

ISPE is bringing the city to you! Experience beautiful San Francisco without leaving your hotel on Tuesday night.

Take a stroll down China Town or Little Italy to taste the exotic and savory flavors of these prominent districts. Visit Fisherman’s Wharf for the best seafood around and don’t forget to save room for dessert at Ghirardelli Square - a must stop for chocolate lovers.

If it’s night life you are looking for – dance the night away at the San Fran Discotheque. Sports more to your liking? Hit AT&T Park – home of the San Francisco Giants and get into play with a variety of games or simply enjoy sideline highlights.

Perhaps city life is not for you – then head over to a more intimate corner for networking and catching up with friends.

You don’t want to miss this City by the Bay evening. It will be a night to remember. Register online today! Guest Registration Available.

Wednesday, 14 November

Cycling for a Cure Meeting 

11.00 – 12.00

Team In Training Logo Plan to attend an organizing meeting for “Team ISPE”, our own volunteer cycling team that will train to ride in “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” (3 June 2013). This century ride (100 miles) around Lake Tahoe is in conjunction with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program (LLS-TNT) and many members and their companies already support this event. Those interested in being a part of our virtual team will train with a national cycling coach and work with fundraising mentors as part of the LLS Team in Training Program. ISPE members support our patient customers by giving back, and in this event, we will be cycling for a cure. Make a difference today!

Facility Visits – Limited Seating 

13.00 – 17.00

On Wednesday afternoon, ISPE attendees will have the opportunity to look at top level facilities and learn the stories of their operations. Limited Seating Available - Reserve your spot today!

Price: US$50

Tours Include:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim - The guided tour of the Boehringer Ingelheim state-of-the-art cell culture facility will demonstrate their core capabilities in process development and manufacturing which is offered to a broad range of customers from small biotech to big pharma. Explore and witness biopharmaceutical manufacturing, highest quality standards and overall excellence. Meet with site experts, and discuss potential partnerships.
  • Genentech - The visit will begin with a short presentation of the integration of Roche and Genentech and how they work together, followed by a tour of the campus including Founder's Research Center and South Campus.

Tour Options

For tour options, visit Use discount code 20ISPE12 for US$5 off. These tours are booked separately and will not be private for ISPE attendees.


Guests are welcome to register for the events that are noted above as available to guests. Visit the registration page for information about registering. San Francisco offers a wide range of activities. For other activites, see Tour Options above and visit the Area Information and Dining page.

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