Conference Co-Chairs from Janssen Pharmaceuticals & Bristol-Myers Squibb to present exclusive briefings at Lyophilisation 2019

SMi Reports: SMi’s 7th annual Lyophilisation conference is returning to London this June, to explore developing technologies and alternatives to traditional lyophilisation techniques.

Lyophilisation continues to raise challenges in conjunction with ever changing biopharmaceutical products that carry their own set of inherent complexities. However, it remains one of the most exciting and rapidly advancing technologies in the pharmaceutical industry to date, with the lyophilisation equipment market projected to reach approximately £4.4 billion by 2020.

For this reason, Lyophilisation 2019 is taking place on the 3rd and 4th June in London, which will gather key opinion leaders from all areas of pharmaceuticals and biologicals to explore formulation science, materials characterisation, novel and alternative technologies, mathematical modelling and regulatory updates.

SMi Group are pleased to welcome the 2019 event co-chairs –

Xiaodong Chen, Senior Research Investigator, Bristol-Myers Squibb is chairing day one and will be delivering a spotlight presentation on ‘Representative Scale-down Lyophilisation Cycle Development Using a Micro Freeze-Dryer’. Presentation details below:

A scale-down lyophiliser was used to simulate at-scale Lyophilisation development and optimisation. Equivalent Lyophilisation performance between the scale-down lyophiliser and a laboratory lyophiliser were demonstrated for placebo and mAb drug products. By changing the MicroFD® Kv, laboratory, and potentially manufacturing cycles, may be simulated using this lyophiliser for tremendous API savings:

  • The MicroFD® is designed with precision machined, temperature controlled aluminium blocks that make direct contact with the outer vials. These blocks are designed to mimic vial-to-vial contacts that control inter vial heat transfer
  • Demonstrated the ability to fine-tune the MicroFD® heat transfer coefficient (Kv) to match the Kv of vials in a Lyostar III laboratory scale unit
  • The resulting performance between scales results in equivalent product primary drying times, product temperature profiles, and critical quality attributes (CQAs)

Sune Klint Andersen, Principal Scientist Spray Drying, Janssen Pharmaceuticals is chairing day-two and will be delivering an opening address on ‘Low Temperature Drying Processes for Biopharmaceuticals’, focusing on:

  • Challenges in drying of biopharmaceuticals
  • Drying process landscape and trends
  • Emerging low temperature drying processes

The event brochure with the full two-day agenda and speaker line-up is available to download online at

Participating in this year’s conference provides a chance to connect with research and industry leaders and for those interested in attending there is a £200 Early Bird discount expiring on Tuesday 30th April 2019. Places can be reserved at

Lyophilisation 2019
3rd-4th June
London, UK
For delegate enquiries contact Kieran Ronaldson on +44 (0) 20 7827 6744.
Organisations that wish to sponsor or exhibit at the conference can contact Alia Malick on +44 (0) 20 7827 6168



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