Biomanufacturing and Process Development

Biomanufacturing and Process Development (BPD)

BPD’s mission is to provide a forum for process development and manufacturing scientists and engineers to discuss bioprocessing issues. The group meets approximately eight to ten times a year with speakers from academia, industry, technology vendor experts, and regulatory experts. This is one of the 20-plus Exchange Groups that are supported statewide by NCBiotech.

Membership Guidelines

Faculty, students, postdocs and industry members with interest in BPD are welcome.

Meeting Format

Similar meeting format as previous years will be maintained in the 2018-2019 season. Each event will host multiple speakers centered around the event theme, allow a time for networking among attendees, and optionally include a vendor show or poster presentations.

Most events run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at NCBiotech, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for all seminars. Registration is $25 for industry/faculty, $5 for graduate/postdoctoral students and FREE for unemployed job seekers, unless otherwise noted.

Request information about monthly meeting and vendor sponsorship packages.

For other information, contact Nikki Pavlides.


Program Schedule for the 2018-2019 Season

September 2018 - Networking Facility Tour*

*KBI Biopharma


October 24th, 2018 - Future of Manufacturing Symposium and Vendor Show

12:30 p.m. - Registration

1:00 p.m.  - Symposium & Vendor Show

Register Here

Speakers Include:

"The Use of Bio-capacitance to Improve Consistency in Cell Culture Processes" 
Taylor Forte, Engineer I, Cell Culture Development, Biogen

"Platform 2.0?" 
Keith Selvitelli, Scientist I, Process Biochemistry, Biogen

"Inspiring Advances in Bioprocessing" 
Mario Sinani, Field Application Specialist, Repligen

"Implementation of Protein A Multi Column Chromatography at Process Scale"
Denis Kole, Senior Principal Scientist, Biopharm SLS, Continuous Bioprocessing, Pall

"Innovations Drive Changes in Antibody Purification Systems"
John Jenco, Senior Bioprocess Applications Scientist, GE Healthcare

"Application of Single Pass TFF to Enable Intensified and Continuous Biological Manufacturing" 
Josh Arias, MilliporeSigma

Vendors Include:

Charter Medical, Eppendorf, GE Healthcare, Pall, Repligen, Watson-Marlow, WL Gore


November 29, 2018 - Novel Modalities Symposium

January 17, 2019 - Education and Training Spotlight

March 7, 2019 - Product Life Cycle Strategies Symposium

April 11, 2019 - Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium and Vendor Show

May 9, 2019 - Comparability/Characterization Symposium



**Monthly Meeting and Vendor Sponsorship Packages available, for more information contact**


Steering Committee Members 2018-2019

  • Hannah Cole, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

  • Barney Crum, F. Hoffman-La Roche AG

  • Gary Gilleskie, Ph.D., Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)

  • Damien Hallet, Heat Biologics Inc.

  • Nathaniel Hentz, Ph.D., Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)

  • Stewart Kohnberg (Chair), Tokyo Chemical Industry 

  • Christine Megarity, Pfizer Inc.

  • Elisa Newkirk, Grifols Inc.

  • Kimberley Parker, Ph.D.

  • Nikki Pavlides, Ph.D. (Past Chair)

  • Shahid Rameez, Ph.D., KBI Biopharma Inc.

  • Shraddha Shapariya

  • John Stefanyk, EMD Millipore

  • Daniel Thomas, ANGUS Chemical Company

  • Stacey Traviglia, Ph.D., Biogen

  • Kevin Williams, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University

  • Kelly Wiltberger, Biogen

  • Jennifer Zhang, Biogen

To be added to our mailing list, please fill out the Interest Form.