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Monoclone Wars

Rich WhitworthOk, so there wasn’t really a war on at the 4th PDA Europe Workshop on Monoclonal Antibodies, though there was plenty of mildly heated discussion. I simply could not resist the Lucas reference.

Conducted in Basel (Switzerland) in mid-June, the workshop was fully attended, but relatively small, such that it could “foster a feeling of closeness and networking”, according to Richard Levy, senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs at the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA). And indeed it did; the numerous coffee breaks were a great opportunity for industry peers and regulators to mix and continue discussions initiated in presentations. Perhaps any bigger, and the sense of relaxed community would be lost… Read more »

Downstream and Downwind

Rich WhitworthDespite the impending danger of the looming ash cloud from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano, and with complete disregard for my own personal safety, I attended the second and final day of the 7th European Downstream Technology Forum earlier this week. Hosted at the Sartorius College in Goettingen, Germany, such was the quality of the speakers that most people simply forgot about the potential for travel mayhem and focused entirely on the subject at hand. Read more »

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