SMi’s Pharma Microbiology West Coast 2018 Chair and Speakers Announced

Pharmaceutical Microbiology West Coast is back after a successful launch event in 2017. This year the conference is taking place at the Crowne Plaza San Diego, CA, USA on June 7th and 8th, 2018. SMi is pleased to announce the Chair for the 2-day conference: Ms. Ziva Abraham, CEO at Microrite.

San Diego, CA, February 25, 2018 --( Ziva has 25+ years of academic, research, clinical and industrial experience in microbiology and quality assurance. She received her master’s degree in microbiology with a focus on mycology and has conducted research on developing microbial Insecticides using entomogenous bacteria and fungi for her PhD degree. At present she is the CEO and Founder of Microrite, Inc., a California based consulting firm providing consulting and training services to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and in vitro diagnostics in the areas of quality assurance, quality control, microbiology, and validation.

As well as chairing the 2-day conference, Ziva will also be doing a presentation on Underlying issues behind microbiological data deviations and data integrity on day one of the conference and co-hosting one of the two pre-conference workshops, details below.

Speakers include:

Lisa Yan, Principal Quality Lab Associate, Shire
Lisa will be giving a presentation on the introduction to a Global Disinfectant Efficacy Study Approach

Ron Smith, Director External Supply Integration Quality, Janssen
Ron will be presenting on the arising issues with environmental monitoring following the implementation of more advanced monitoring equipment

Elia Sanchez, Microbiology Site Head QC Sr Manager, Genentech
Elia will be speaking on combining genetics with traditional methods to increase accuracy in microbial ID

David Hussong, Former Associate Director for New Drug Microbiology, FDA (Current Position: CTO, Eagle Analytical Services)
David will be giving an update on the restructuring of the FDA inspection structure

Heidi Anderson, Principal Scientist, Abbott
Heidi will be talking about the controversies and questions about non-sterile bioburden testing

For the full agenda and speaker line-up can be found on the event website.

The event is CPD accredited.


Part of the conference there will also be two interactive half day pre-conference workshops taking place on June 6th, 2018.

If you would like to attend as a delegate at this event take full advantage of the exclusive special VIP offer at US$999* for the 2-day conference (standard price is at US$1999 - saving you US$1000).

Open to the first 25 registrations, offer ends February 28th, 2018 (*subject to terms and conditions as stated on the event registration page). Register on the event website or call Keiron on +44 (0) 207 827 6744.

Sponsored by: Associates of Cape Cod Inc, Biomerieux, Charles River, Fujifilm Wako Chemicals US Corporation, MilliporeSigma and Roche.

Interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or speaking at this event?
Contact Alia Malick, Director, on +44 (0) 20 827 6168

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