RUM and Pfizer united for Pharmaceutical Seminar at C-PEDaL

By Luis F. Torrens Sotomayor, Oct/21/2015

October 12, 2015- The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and Pfizer® co-hosted the 2015 seminar on Trends in Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at the Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering Development and Learning (CPEDaL) to promote a broader uptake of advanced manufacturing technologies in the pharmaceutical industry, enhance industry-academia collaboration, develop talents and accelerate regulatory awareness and acceptance, with a focus on Puerto Rico. The seminar was focused on pharmaceutical company leaders, decision makers, R&D, manufacturing technologists, quality assurance, quality control personnel, professors and students. Over 60 attendees took advantage of all the material presented.

The seminar was divided in two main areas, namely: initiatives in place to advance adaptation of new manufacturing technologies and examples of actual applications. The objective was to emphasize that there are initiatives already running and that we should take advantage of them. The representatives of Pfizer Headquarter were pleased to see that we are aligned with their project, led by Dr. Mojgan. The second objective was to make aware the attendees of real applications of advanced technologies. This is crucial since most pharmaceutical companies are in a manufacturing transformation mode.

The activity started at 9:00am with a welcoming message from Mojgan Moshgbar, the Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at Pfizer and Carlos Velázquez, the C-PEDaL Director. We highlight the participation of Mr. Kevin M. Nepveux and Dr. Alton Johnson, vice presidents of Pfizer GTS, Dr. Mojgan Moshgbar, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Dr. Sigfrido Garcia, Director of the Product Enhancement Center of Pfizer Guayama. Below is a complete list of the presentations and the speakers.

  • Pfizer Global Technology Services Leadership Message - by Kevin M Nepveux, Vice President Global Tech Services – Pfizer
  • Global Competitiveness Initiative: Academia Ecosystem - by Ing.Ivan Roman, consultant - PR Pharma Industry Association (PIA)
  • Tax credits to promote innovation – by James Pérez, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs- Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO)
  • Advanced Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Trends – by Mojgan Moshgbar, PhD, Director Global Tech Services – Pfizer
  • The UPRM as a partner in the transformation of the pharmaceutical industry – by Carlos Velázquez, PhD, Director CPEDaL – UPR RUM
  • The Product Enhancement Center – by Sigfrido F. Garcia, PhD, Director Product Enhancement Center (PEC) – Pfizer
  • Trends in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Advances in Continuous Processing – by George Sienkiewicz, PhD, Sr. Manager Global Tech Services – Pfizer
  • Model predictive control of a fluid bed drying: extension to a continuous FBD – by Carlos Velázquez, PhD, Director CPEDaL – UPR RUM
  • Transformational power of soft sensors and APC in pharmaceutical industry – by David Pla Lauri, PhD, Manager Advanced Manufacturing Technology, PGS – Pfizer

We. at CPEDaL, greatly appreciate the opportunity given to us by Pfizer to cohost this high-impact seminar. Please, stay tune for next seminars.