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North America / South America Affiliate and Chapter News

Puerto Rico Chapter

For additional information regarding Puerto Rico Chapter events, can contact Chapter President Eugenio Longo via email at longo.eugenio@gmail.com.You can also visit www.ISPE.org/puertorico for information about the Chapter’s events.

Pacific Northwest Chapter

The Pacific Northwest Chapter Board welcomes your ideas and volunteers to help. For more information about these events or the Chapter, please contact our Chapter Manager at aminc2@comcast.net, or Chapter President Douglas Burns at doug_burns@msn.com.

New England Chapter

Written by the NE Chapter Board of Directors

Reserve Your Spot at BioPharma 2010!

After last year’s great success the New England Chapter has set a date to carry on the BioPharma tradition. BioPharma 2010 will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010 once again at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Board is vigorously planning the day’s events.

BioPharma 2010 is sure to be a valuable day that features a wide variety of educational tracks and vendor exhibits attracting key industry professionals from throughout New England.

Reserve your vendor table now! Vendor registration is now open here: http://nebiopharma2010.eventbrite.com

Get your company in front of the entire New England Chapter!

Are you interested in advertising in the New England Chapter Newsletter? Our newsletter is distributed electronically to all Chapter Members and posted to our Chapter website. Our current ad rates follow:

2009-2010 Rates
Business card  (3 ½ x 2”) $150
Quarter page  (3 ½ x 5”) $250
Half Page  (5.5 x 4.25”) $400
Full page  (7 x 10”) $600

A 10% discount will be applied when purchasing advertisements for all 3 2009-2010 newsletter editions. Email neispe@ispe.org to reserve your ad space today!

For more information on New England Chapter events, please contact New England Chapter Manager Eileen Healy at telephone +1-866-505-4773 or via email at neispe@ispe.org.

Rocky Mountain Chapter

Written by Chapter President Brian Kihn

Our Fall educational meeting/dinner was held on 22 October at University of Colorado Stadium Club. The topic was a contemporary discussion on pharmaceutical water systems by Ben Roczniak of Mar Cor Purification. The dinner and social hour was great with more than 25 different companies in attendance, and the new location was very positively received. Emily Stump (BioMarc) did an outstanding job in the committee lead position and Mike Dina (Kenny Electric), Pat Cunneen (MKS), and Sara Kihn were also strong contributors for the event planning and preparation.

Upcoming winter events currently being planned include:

  • 2010 Vendor Show – 18 February, Boulder CO
  • 2010 Ski Train – 19 February, Winter Park CO

Further details and updates for all events can be found on the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Web site at www.ISPE.org/rockymountain. For more information on any Rocky Mountain Chapter event, to become a Member of the Chapter, or to volunteer for Chapter committees, please contact the Chapter President Brian Kihn at bkihn@amgen.com, or Chapter Manager Sara Kihn at rm-ISPE@comcast.net.

San Diego Chapter

For more information about the San Diego Chapter, visit the Chapter’s Web site at www.ISPE.org/sandiego. You can also contact Chapter President Don Holden at +1-760-496-3714 (office) or via email at don.holden@crbusa.com. Chapter Manager Kimberly Syre can be reached by telephone at +1-949-387-9046 or via email at ksyre@cox.net.

New Jersey Chapter

For more information on New Jersey Chapter events, or to become a Member of the Chapter, contact Chapter Manager Ron Dunn at +1-908-325-0345 or via email at manager@ISPEnj.org. Chapter President Jim Breen may be reached via telephone at +1-732- 524-3459 or by email at jbreen4@corus.jnj.com. Visit the Chapter’s web site at www.ISPE.org/newjersey and refer to the ISPE Global Calendar for all ISPE events at www.ISPE.org.

South Central Chapter

We are seeking volunteers to get on board with Chapter involvement at the Committee and Board levels. If you are interested in becoming a Member of the South Central Chapter, offering a suggestion, or joining a committee, please contact Chapter Manager Chris Clarke by telephone at +1-816-741-9484 or via email at  ISPEsc@aol.com, or call Chapter President Jeffrey Willis via telephone at +1-713-871-8484 or via email at  jwillis@pspaec.com

San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter

By Chapter President Linda Karr with Contributions from Manager Kimberly Syre and the Board

Pyramid Ale House in Berkeley was the site of the 2010 programs planning session for the San Francisco/Bay Area chapter directors and committee members on 1 October. A roundtable format was used to facilitate brainstorming along with an assortment of appetizers and craft brews for nourishment. Once we got going, the ideas were free-flowing and captured for future use by the Programs Committee, led by Simon Forder, and the Commuter Conference Committee, led by David Bendet. We are looking forward to some excellent programs in the coming year, and we will also be experimenting with some different formats and venues.

The usual October dinner meeting was replaced this year with a social/networking event – Oktoberfest!  This was held on 22 October at Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Francisco and provided a great opportunity for networking among our colleagues in the BioPharm industry. The latest industry and economic news was discussed in lively groups. In addition to networking, an employment drive was held at the event where potential employees and employers got a chance to exchange information.  A few house-made German-style brews were consumed along the way.

A very special commuter conference was held at Amgen in Fremont, CA on 3 November. Not only did we include a free plant tour of their 100,000 sq. ft. protein manufacturing plant, but the event was coordinated so that nineteen Japanese delegates on their way to the Annual Meeting in San Diego could attend. The event began with a discussion on Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical production, research, and development. These two important categories of the Life Sciences industry have a combined $18B sales in the US market with a projected 7.5% annual growth. Local experts Alex Huang, President of MetaActiv Corporation and David O’Connell of DC Engineering were the featured speakers. In addition, the SF Chapter hosted the Japanese delegates on private tours of Genentech led by Kelly Keen and Bayer HealthCare Berkeley led by Edda Mihaescu later that same week.

All this was just a prelude to the main event, the ISPE Annual Meeting in San Diego. Almost the entire Board of Directors, with only two exceptions, was able to attend the conference. In addition, all seven active past-presidents attended. We connected with our new Japanese friends and also reunited with former colleagues. A great time was had by all, not only at the educational sessions but at some exciting sailing and golf outings, too. We are all looking forward to hosting the Annual Meeting here in San Francisco in 2012!

For more information on San Francisco / Bay Area Chapter events, or to become a Chapter Member, contact Chapter Manager Kimberly Syre by telephone at +1-949-467-1438 or by email at ksyre@cox.net. Chapter President Linda Karr may be reached by telephone at +1-650-225-4985 or via email at karr.linda@gene.com.

Midwest Chapter

For more information about the Midwest Chapter's upcoming events, visit the Chapter's web site at www.ISPE.org/midwest. To register for an event, contact Chapter Manager Chris Clarke by telephone at +1-816-741-9484 or via email at ISPEmw@aol.com. Chapter President Gary Westhoff can be reached by telephone at +1-314-290-4737 or via email at gary_westhoff@steris.com.

Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter

For more information on the ISPE Greater LA Chapter activities, visit www.ISPE.org/greaterla. To join a committee, or offer suggestions for future meeting subjects, locations and speakers, contact Chapter President Victor Lee via email at victor.lee@tevausa.com, or Chapter Manager Ms. Kimberly Syre via email at ksyre@cox.net.

Carolina-South Atlantic Chapter

Details for upcoming events, newsletters, and contact information can always be found on our Web site at www.ISPE.org/Carolina-southatlantic, or contact our Chapter Manager via email at ISPE-casa@mgmnt4u.com. Chapter President Mark Mathis can be contacted by telephone at +1-919-345-4044, or via email at mmathis@intprotech.com. If you have comments or suggestions about our Chapter, or would like to inquire about opportunities to get involved, we want to hear from you! Please email them to Mark Mathis at ISPE-casa@mgmnt4u.com.

Brazil Affiliate

Written by the Brazil Affiliate Operations Manager Ana Lúcia Valente Dória Fernandes 

The Brazil Affiliate held well-attended October events. The first was titled “Pharmaceutical Water Systems: Harmonization of Standards, Trends and Validation Maintenance” had 50 attendees, and the second, “Air Conditioning - How to Reduce Costs with Quality,” had 30 participants.

In November, the seminar “VSC – FDA 21 CFR Part 11 e CP3 ANVISA” showed the importance that the subject has within the pharmaceutical industry. The 30 participants, through their evaluation forms, made it clear that the event updated their knowledge, making them able to deal more safely with the subjects of that matter in everyday life.

Finalizing the activities of 2009, during the conference dinner of the Affiliate, which took place on 30 November, top honors were given during the ISPE Brazil Awards, which included highlights of 2009.

The Brazil Members and the industries that stood out and helped grow the Affiliate were considered. The award categories were:

Member of the Year – For effective contributions in carrying out the events, technical articles, attendance at meetings and indications of new members featuring precious volunteer work. Ms. Silvia Regina da Silva Martins, Eurotherm, has been honored in this category.

Industry of the Year – Through involvement of its employees, by participation in meetings, working groups, and events as speakers of the Affiliate contributing to the development of life sciences industries in Brazil, the company Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil received this award. It was accepted by Mr. José Floriano Zoppetti, Engineering Manager.

The Brazil Affiliate's events calendar for 2010 is being prepared and interested parties are encouraged to go to ISPE’s Web site at www.ISPE.org  to check for upcoming events on the Global Calendar.

For information about the Brazil Affiliate and upcoming events, please visit the Affiliate’s Web site at www.ISPE.org.br  or contact President Rodrigo Alvarez by telephone at +55.11.4994-4600 or via email at rodrigo.alvarez@active-sa.com.br.  You also can reach Operations Manager Ana Lúcia Valente Dória Fernandes via email at ISPEbrasil@ISPE.org.br or via telephone/fax at +55.11.3758-1779.

Boston Area Chapter

Written by the Boston Area Chapter Board of Directors

As the leaves turned from green to yellow and red, and the weather cooled, ISPE Boston Area Chapter kept busy and focused on the future. With another successful product show completed, November and December were packed with events that encouraged networking and the exploration of the future of biopharma.

On 3 November, the Chapter began its first of a series of CEO/ executive dinners. The evening began with a networking reception and dinner, and was followed by presentations by Don Kiepert, President and CEO of Lantheus Medical Imaging, and William Dawes, Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Lantheus Medical Imaging. The event was held at the Marriot Boston Cambridge Hotel and the evening was full of fun and networking between members and peers.


William Dawes, Sylvia Beaulieu, and Don Kiepert.

Later, on 19 November, the Chapter held a tour of the new Bristol-Myers Squibb facility in Devens, Massachusetts. “From Fort to Pharma” was a Members-only event that sold out in a matter of days! The tours of the facility met the high anticipation of the 100 lucky members who were able to see the future of biopharma at the BMS facility.

On 1 December, Chapter Members gathered in Cambridge to celebrate the Chapter’s “Platinum Grand Award for Excellence and Innovation” presented at the ISPE Annual Meeting in San Diego. The celebration was a networking event with finger food, a cash bar, and lots of informative poster displays with information about the events, activities, and innovations that earned the Chapter this prestigious award. Attendees were also encouraged to sign up for the Chapter’s many committees and help work toward next year’s award.  

8 December brought a highly informative and educational event at the Royal Sonesta in Boston. At this meeting, speaker Michael Drues investigated “combination products,” which are medical products that combine drugs and biologics to expand the ability to treat and cure diseases. This presentation on leading edge therapeutics is another example the Chapter’s focus on the future of biopharmaceutical engineering.

The Chapter is looking forward to the 26 January meeting at Foley Hoag’s Boston Seaport location. The speakers ― Jeff Socolow, Sheila Magil, and Susan Dana Jones ― will discuss the importance of first-time accuracy and how the smallest changes can be detrimental to the long-term success of any project. Be sure to register today! For more information on upcoming or past events, please visit the ISPE Boston Area Chapter Events page at www.ISPEboston.org/events/.

The Chapter would like to congratulate its board of directors, committee chairs, and volunteers for earning the Chapter Excellence Platinum Award at Annual Meeting. The Chapter could not have done it without all of their time, hard work, and dedication. Also, congratulations to Boston Chapter Immediate Past President Doyle Johnson, who was elected to the ISPE International Board of Directors.

The ISPE Boston Area Chapter is always looking for committee volunteers! The Chapter has many committees to choose from, such as the Educational Programs Committee, Member Services Committee, Social Committee, Communications Committee, Student Affairs Committee, and the Product Show Committee, all of which are looking for volunteers. If you are interested please email the Boston Area Chapter office at ISPE@camihq.com.

Stay current on the activities and programs from the Boston Area Chapter by visiting the Chapter website at www.ISPEBoston.org. For more information, contact Chapter Manager Amy Poole  via telephone at +1-781-647-4773, or via email at ISPE@camihq.com; or Chapter President Sylvia Beaulieu via email at sbeaulieu@columbiacc.com.

Central Canada Chapter

For further information regarding the Central Canada Chapter, please contact Chapter President Ken McKay by telephone at 905-803-5767, or by email at ken.mckay@astrazeneca.com. You can also contact Chapter Manager Guylaine Denommee by telephone at +1-514-735-5651 ext. 2200, or by email at guylaine.denommee@snclavalin.com. You can also visit our Chapter’s Web site at www.ISPE.org/centralcanada.

Chesapeake Bay Area Chapter

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Area Chapter and upcoming events, please visit the Chapter’s web site at www.ISPE-cba.org, or contact Chapter President Michael Molloy by telephone at +1-443-416-1068, or via email at molloy@qpsllc.com.  You can also reach the Chapter Manager Lynda Duffy by sending a fax to +1-443-283-4064 or via email at chesapeakebayISPE@ISPE-cba.org.

Great Lakes Chapter

The Board of Directors is currently looking for volunteers to join committees. Please contact Ron Dunn via email at RDgrafx@aol.com if you are interested.

Delaware Valley Chapter 

Written by Chapter President Bob Matje

The months of October and November were very busy months for the Delaware Valley Chapter of ISPE. 

The end of October began with our monthly program meeting, which was a dual-track program that featured Lou Isernia from Wyeth (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.), and Depak Argwal from Jacobs Engineering, who spoke about cGMP compliance considerations in facility renovation projects. The presentation discussed the critical design, construction and compliance issues associated with facility renovation. The major topics included the impact of the addition of new product types and mixes, expanding product markets, and new cGMP requirements.

The second track featured Andrew Espejo of Wyeth who discussed maintenance excellence from the owner's side. The effort in Wyeth was first initiated in 2003 and has been on a steady journey of improvement year on year and was first presented as a topic within the Delaware Valley in January of this year. 


During our October program event, ISPE HELPS, our non-profit support operation, collected over $340 to support both the student luncheon at the ISPE Annual meeting in San Diego and our breast cancer awareness in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In November, the Delaware Valley Chapter initiated its local education training course.  Held monthly, these training courses are designed for junior engineers in the organization, but contain content advanced enough for senior members of ISPE who wish to brush up on their skills or explore a topic that they are not familiar with. The course is led by local volunteer professionals and is held at sponsoring company classrooms, which enables us to offer the program at discounted rates to our members. Further, these education events qualify for continuing education credits for those who desire to maintain their status as a licensed Professional Engineer in jurisdictions that require continuing education.

At the ISPE Annual Meeting, the Delaware Valley Chapter sponsored four Student Members from Villanova University who attended the Young Professionals Workshop and also submitted posters as part of the International Student Poster Competition. These students will report their experiences from Annual Meeting to the DVC Board at our February board meeting.

Also in November, the R&D sub-committee met and committed to hosting a roundtable at our popular vendor night in February, as well as researching the ability to host a webinar on lab design and lab safety considerations. Our Manufacturing sub-committee has also convened and they are committed to hosting a roundtable session, as well as supporting the March half-day education event.

Coming up in December, DVC will host its annual Christmas party at the Camden Aquarium, a new venue for this event that promises to be both fun and entertaining. We will also be continuing our monthly education series. December’s program will focus on technical writing and will be hosted at Villanova University.

For more information, contact Chapter President Bob Matje via email at matjer@wyeth.com, or Executive Vice President Chuck Clerecuzio, PE, CPIP, via email at Charles.Clerecuzio@amec.com.

Argentina Affiliate

Written by Cristina D’Antonio and the Affiliate Publishing Committee

The ISPE Argentina Affiliate Board of Directors and committee members met last weekend in Tandil, an agricultural city in the south of Buenos Aires province, to discuss some very positive organizational changes and the challenges for the next years.

With great brainstorming and a positive atmosphere, we came up with some ideas that we could implement to improve the performance of the Affiliate during 2010 and the future. On behalf of the Executive Board, we want to thank the experienced leaders who provided their knowledge and best practices to the team for their participation and for their commitment to positive changes that will make our management role more efficient.

 

For information about the Argentina Affiliate and upcoming events, please visit our Web site at www.ISPE.org/argentina or contact Affiliate Chair Marta Cicconi de Vidal by e-mail at  mvidal@boehringer-ingelheim.com. You may also contact Cristina D’Antonio via email at cris@qaconsulenza.com.ar.


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