Formulation challenges for traditional and next generation biopharmaceuticals
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will be holding the next Biopharmaceutical Formulation Group (BFG) meeting hosted by Manchester’s Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals (COEBP) and held at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) on 5th July 2018.
The BFG brings together professionals and practitioners from industry and academia to disseminate and share best practice and highlight areas of need for this sector.
The group holds regular meetings to educate, network and influence professionals and practitioners from the field of biopharmaceutical formulation. The next BFG meeting will address the challenges posed by the increased size and variety of biopharmaceutical pipelines for the UK formulation community and will feature a selection of speakers who represent the many facets of the modern formulation sector from the biopharma field and beyond.
Because of the structural complexity of traditional biopharmaceuticals, such as monoclonal antibodies, the formulation development of these molecules remains challenging and requires continued innovation, especially taking into account the increasing number of such therapeutics under development.
Furthermore, in recent years the range of biopharmaceuticals commercialised and under development has broadened significantly. This is exemplified by the recent registrations of cell therapies and gene therapies, as well as new types of protein-based medicines such as bispecific antibodies and antibody drug conjugates. These next generation biopharmaceuticals pose new challenges for formulation development.
In addition to oral presentations there will be an opportunity to present posters. Selected poster presenters will be invited to present a poster flash and there will be prizes for the best posters. In order to promote the attendance of early careers scientists (PhD or first three years of post-doc or industry), we will offer a number of bursaries to support their cost of travel and hotel accommodation.
We are grateful to our sponsors (including Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, MedImmune and COEBP) who have ensured that KTN will deliver this as a free event for the biopharmaceutical formulation sector. The agenda will be published soon.
There will be an opportunity through partnering software to set up 1-2-1 meetings on the day at various networking times, to maximise opportunities for interaction and future collaborations. We hope that you can make the most of this and please do engage and accept meetings where possible.
Call for Posters
There will be a chance for researchers to present posters. Please note your interest on registration and use the free text box to indicate title and short descriptor.
Early Career Bursaries
If you are an early career scientist and wish to be considered for a bursary to support travel and accommodation, please note this at registration.
Please note, places for this event are limited and if the meeting is oversubscribed, places will be prioritised for those who are technical practitioners in the sector.
For any queries please contact Marcel Kuiper, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Health.