Cell Culture Engineering XVI

An ECI Continuing Series

May 6-11, 2018
Saddlebrook Resort
Tampa, Florida, USA

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About This Conference

Since 1988, the Cell Culture Engineering conferences have been held bi-annually and have developed into the leading global venue for the academic, industrial and regulatory communities for intensive interactions and debates to create solutions for improving human health and life by enabling rapid development and high quality manufacturing of an ever increasing number of viral vaccines, cell therapies, recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies. The 2018 conference, the 16th conference in this highly successful series, will be held at the beautiful Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida.  

This Cell Culture Engineering XVI conference will bring together about 350 selected participants from top academic, industrial and governmental groups from all over the world. We will celebrate the tradition of high quality and relevant accomplishments and debate future solutions in the area of animal cell culture science and engineering. Consistent with this excellent tradition, the scientific program will consist of invited and solicited oral presentations, extensive poster sessions, and workshops. Future updates to this website will detail the scientific program topics and call for oral and poster presentation abstract submissions.

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Conference Organization


A. Robinson, PhD, Tulane University asr@tulane.edu
R. Venkat, PhD, MedImmune    rvv.cce16@gmail.com
E. Schaefer, ScD, J&J Janssen     gene@biochemeng.com

Preliminary Program

Preliminary Oral Session Program

Towards other cell lines and systems – opportunities and challenges beyond CHO cells

Veronique Chotteau, KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
Rashmi Kshirsagar, Biogen

Computational strategies to enhance bioprocess performance: From systems biology to predictive process modeling

Colin Clarke, NIBRT
Amanda Lewis, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Averina Nicolae, Insilico Biotechnology

Advances in cell culture control of product quality attributes

Martin Gawlitzek, Genentech
Seongkyu Yoon, University of Massachusetts

Advanced cell culture processes with an emphasis on new analytical and computational technologies

Arthi Narayanan, Genentech
Cleo Kontoravdi, Imperial College

Regulatory Strategies and Concerns in Current and Emerging Therapeutic Modalities

Chris Frye, Lilly
Pranhitha Reddy, Gene to BLA
Bill Bentley, University of Maryland

Pushing the Limits on Process Intensification – Moving Beyond 10 grams/Liter or 1 gram/Liter/day

Greg Hiller, Pfizer
Marcella Yu, Boehringer Ingelheim

Innovation in Cell and Gene Therapies

Greg Russotti, Celgene
Terry Papoutsakis, University of Delaware

Impact of novel gene editing approaches to engineering and developing cell lines

Christina Chan, Michigan State
Karin Anderson, Pfizer

Process Scale Up/Down, Characterization and Control Strategy Definition

Shailendra Singh, Merck
Parviz Shamlou, Keck Graduate Institute

30 Years of Cell Culture Engineering – A Plenary Session

Weichang Zhou, WuXi Apptec
Wei-Shou Hu, University of Minnesota

Conference Venue

Saddlebrook, the legendary Tampa Bay Resort,

has made a name for itself as a superb meeting location and one of the preeminent training facilities for athletes.  The resort is located on 480 acres of rolling terrain surrounded by lagoons and cypress trees.  Saddlebrook was purposely planned as a car-free “walking village” ensuring guests can easily walk throughout the entire resort.  The resort’s 540 suites showcase an inviting rich tropical design and are clustered around nine serene courtyards complete with gardens, stone benches, stone paver walkways, and native lush Florida landscaping.

The hotel rooms offer 400 square feet of contemporary luxury with either a private balcony or patio.  Each room has a generously-sized desk with two chairs, wireless internet access and dual-line speaker phones.  In addition there is a 42” flat-screen television, Keurig coffee-maker, an iHome Bluetooth Wireless FM clock radio with USB charging, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and a hair dryer.

The meeting facilities at Saddlebrook are unrivaled.

There are two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses and a championship tennis complex that features 45 courts including four Grand Slam surfaces.  The Sports Village features two adjacent fitness centers, one sand and two grass volleyball courts, a regulation-size basketball court, and three swimming pools including the Superpool, a half-million gallon free-form pool.  In addition, Saddlebrook features a luxurious European-style spa that features a full menu of body treatments.

Saddlebrook is conveniently located one mile east of I-75 at exit 279, which is 30 minutes north of Tampa International Airport.

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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