Cleanroom industry experts join the Pharma Cleanroom Technology


SMi Reports: Leading industry experts will be speaking and attending the inaugural Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Technology conference in London, UK.

Pharmaceutical and biologics product development and manufacturing processes carry their progressive complexities, which consequently affect cleanliness requirements and outline of facilities. Compliance with the standards for product approval is very important and as a result manufacturing companies in various industries are dependent on cleanroom technology.

By 2025, the global cleanroom technology market is expected to reach nearly US$5 billion. With this in mind, SMi Group are pleased to announce the launch of the Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Technology Europe, taking place in London on the 9th and 10th October 2019.

For those interested in attending, the biggest early bird discount of £400 is ending on Friday 31st May 2019. Places can be reserved at

The 2-day conference will be chaired by James Drinkwater, Chairman, Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society (PHSS).
James Drinkwater is Head of Aseptic processing technologies & GMP compliance for F Ziel Germany, supporting international projects from a base in the UK. As a subject matter expert in Barrier separation technology; Isolator / RABS and hydrogen peroxide vapour bio-decontamination, James is involved in applications of sterile pharmaceutical product Filling, Aseptic processing of APIs/ ATMPs and Sterility testing.
In addition to the role at F Ziel James has a voluntary role as Chairman of the not for profit society: PHSS – Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sciences society and leads the PHSS Aseptic processing & Bio-contamination special interest group.

James will also be opening the conference on day 2 presenting on Development of Aseptic-Containment strategies (ACS) for processing of new toxic, potent or bio-hazard sterile medicinal products and therapies.
The programme features over 16 expert industry leading caliber of speakers including:
Christopher Hansy, Senior QC Scientist, TAKEDA
Christoph has about 13 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He is currently member of the Global Microbiology Team at Takeda and based in Vienna, Austria.
In his current role he provides subject matter expertise as well as technical leadership on microbiological matters, such as method related projects, microbial control strategies, and contamination/investigation support in a global role.
Christoph will be speaking on Implementation of a Global contamination control program – A field report on day one.

Pier Angelo Galligani, Past President, Member of the Board, ASCCA (Italian Cleanroom Society)
Pier, mechanical engineer, is Partner and Technical Director at Techniconsult, an engineering company based in Florence active in the life-science field. During the past 30 years Pier Angelo has got a deep experience in pharmaceutical processes and plants, clean systems engineering, HVAC applications, contamination control and validation.
Pier will be speaking on CFD as a Tool for Implementing Quality by Design in Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Projects on day one.

Birger Lerche-Jorgensen, HVAC responsible, SME, ALK-Abello A/S
Experience HVAC engineer in design, construction and validation of ventilation and clean room in pharmaceutical production sites in Denmark, China and Russia.
Birger has worked for 14 years in Novo Nordisk A/S and has carried out a variety of tasks: Responsible for HVAC at aseptic production sites. HVAC construction and validation aseptic filling site in China.
Birger will be speaking on HVAC on a green field filling plant project from CD to Validation on day two.
Steve Marnach, EMEA Training Manager & Critical Environments Sales and Marketing Specialist, Dupont De Nemours (Luxembourg) S A
Steve has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration and has joined DuPont in 1995. He is currently the EMEA Training Manager and critical environments marketing and specialist for DuPont Personal Protection, the chemical protective garments business that Steve has been working for since 2003. In his current role, Steve is providing training sessions on the selection and safe handling of chemical protective garments used in, amongst others, pharmaceutical production and GMP grade B, C and D cleanroom operations as well as giving technical support to health and safety specialists.
Steve will be speaking on Addressing new GMP Annex 1 requirements – selection of adequate cleanroom clothing that is part of efficient QRM system for aseptic manufacturing process on day one.

Christine Arbesser-Rastburg, Director, Head of Global Microbiology, TAKEDA
Christine has 35 years – 26 years in the pharmaceutical industry – of experience in the field of microbiology. She is currently leading the Global Microbiology Department at Takeda.
Christine has extensive expertise in microbiological test methods (including mycoplasma testing), contamination control and trouble-shooting, cleanroom management, critical systems, aseptic processes, training in microbiology, hygiene, and aseptic/cleanroom behaviour, auditing and inspection assistance. Together with her team she provides technical guidance, requirements, and support to the Takeda network.
Christine will be speaking on Microbial contamination investigation tool on day two.

There are also two half day pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 8th October on Environmental Classification, Qualification and Monitoring of GMP Controlled areas in the morning led by PHSS and the afternoon workshop will cover all aspects of Gowning Theory led by Irish Cleanroom Society & BioTekPro AB.

The newly released brochure with the full programme, workshop details, and speaker line-up is available to download online at

Proudly Sponsored By: CONTEC & DUPONT
If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or speaking at this event, please contact Alia Malick, Director, on +44 (0) 20 827 6168 or email

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Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Technology Conference
Conference: 9th & 10th October 2019
Workshops: 8th October 2019
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK

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