Single-use Technologies II: Bridging Polymer Science to Biotechnology Applications

An ECI Conference Series

May 7-10, 2017
Hotel dos Templários
Tomar, Portugal

Final Program with Posters

Poster board size:  1.5 meters x 1.0 meters (W x H)

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About This Conference

Single Use Technology is being used more each year in the biotechnology industry. There is an increased interest in understanding the interaction of extractables with protein and cells as the application of the technology now span from cell banking to drug product. The first science-based conference in 2015 was well attended (approximately 100 people) and had representatives from end users, academia and suppliers (resin, film, sensors, single use components fabricators, and gamma radiation). The conference achieved its aim of initiating positive, scientific, collaborative discussions between various functional areas. This conference will be a continuation of a few topics addressed in 2015, which will be covered in greater depth, while expanding the discussion to novel technologies such as disposable sensors and application of single use and scale-up issues. It is imperative that all groups work together collaboratively to allow implementation of single use technology to reach its potential. In order for better understanding and communication among various functional areas, half-day pre-conference workshops will address the basics of biotechnology and polymers.

The following is a preliminary list of topics to be covered:

Pre-Conference Workshop

1)    Basics of Biotechnology
2)    Basics of Polymers


  • Properties of polymers as applicable to Biopharma
  • The infamous Extractables/Leachables
  • Interaction of Plastic with Cells/protein
  • Sensors and their integration/use with single use technology
  • Challenges of scale-up of single use
  • Advances in application of single use technology

Workshops/Panel Discussions

Multiple parallel workshops are possible and will be defined by the organizing committee. Topics could include:  “Advances in Single Use”, “Standardization of GMP requirements”, “Flexibility in Single Use Components”, “Continuous processing and Single Use”, “Environmental impact of single-use’, “Single-Use in Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacture”, “Training needs in single-use”, “Selection and Specification of Single-Use Equipment,” etc.

American Chemical Society Report on the 2015 ECI conference on this topic.

BioProcess International Report on the 2015 ECI conference on this topic.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Manuel Carrondo

Jay F. Künzler

Conference Organization


Ekta Mahajan, Genentech, Inc., USA
Gary Lye, University College London, UK
Regine Eibl, Zurich University of Applied Science, Switzerland

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:             Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         Closed

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Submissions for oral presentations must indicate the session(s) for which they are being submitted.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

Poster board size:  1.5 meters x 1.0 meters (W x H)

Major Sponsors

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Levels of Sponsorship

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Conference Venue

Tomar, Portugal– Situated in the geographic center of Portugal, Tomar (about 135 km northeast of Lisbon) was founded by the notorious Knights Templar in 1160. The Templars were part monks, part warriors and plotted crusades from Tomar for centuries. They 17AL Convento_Cristoestablished the beginnings of the Convento de Cristo, Tomar’s most famous landmark, on a hill overlooking town. The Convento combines architectural styles from the 12th through 17th centuries. An ornate octagonal canopy protects the high altar of the Templo dos Templares, modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the grounds of the convent contain eight cloisters embracing a variety of styles.

The Templars earned a reputation as ferocious fighters, and won the admiration and trust of both rich and poor. They served as protectors and transporters of Christian kings, power brokers and pilgrims and grew famous as bankers. The Templars acquired great wealth, but made many enemies in the process. Pope Clement V accepted accusations of heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege leveled against the Templars by Philip the Fair, king of France, and many Templars were imprisoned or executed. King Dinis of Portugal allowed them to regroup their forces under the new aegis of the Order of Christ. Prince Henry the Navigator became Administrator after the Templars became the Order of Christ and he used much their wealth to finance his explorations.

Tomar is divided by the River Nabão, the banks of which are dotted with weirs and wheels once used to water vegetable gardens and orchards. The irrigation techniques illustrate the Muslim tradition of 17AL Parque Tomarhydraulic engineering. Most sights, accommodations and shops lie on the west bank of the river and the lush Parque Mouchão straddles the two banks. The ancient yet functional Ponte Velha (Old Bridge) connects the two. Tomar’s main shopping thoroughfare is rua Serpa Pinto, known locally as Corre Doura. Outlets for folklore, pottery, copperware and wrought iron highlight it. Tascas and bars are scattered throughout the city, with some offering live music.

Hotel dos Templários– Situated near the heart of Tomar’s Old Town, the Hotel dos Templários is the largest hotel in the district. Many rooms offer views of the Convent of Christ and the public areas, including lounges and terrace-view dining rooms, are spacious. The hotel offers room service, laundry, a barbershop, a beauty parlor, a billiards room and baby-sitting. There are wide sun terraces, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a greenhouse. The hotel also has large gardens. Rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, televisions and minibars. Free parking is available.

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For more information on the area, please visit these web sites:

Convento de Cristo                                  Sacred Destinations

Tomar Tourist Guide                              Tomar Essential Guide

Tomar Weather


By train from Lisbon:

The trip from Lisbon to Tomar takes approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival at the Tomar train station, taxis are available for the short (about one or two kilometer)r trip to the Hotel Dos Templarios.  RailEurope

By automobile from Lisbon:

The rental car companies will provide maps and driving instructions. Allow between 1-1/2 – 2 hours for the trip, depending on traffic. The hotel provides free parking.

Conference Fees and Registration

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights), all meals and coffee breaks, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from dinner on Sunday through lunch on Wednesday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.

Invitation only conference

This conference is by invitation only.  Invitees will be sent an email with a link to the conference registration page. To be considered for an invitation, please submit the online application.


The conference fees are:

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,295.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,210.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $795.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (All conference-included meals and receptions, including the banquet) US $330.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and breakfast only) US $40.00

Conference Registration

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Pre- and Post-Conference Reservations:  If you are planning to arrive early (before May 7) or to stay after the conference (after May 10) you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

This conference is invitation only.  We suggest that you register as soon as possible and no later that two weeks after receiving your invitation to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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Final Program

Please click HERE to view the final program and posters.

General Information about ECI

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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

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