Single-Use Technologies III: Scientific and Technological Advancements

An ECI Conference Series

September 23-26, 2018
Cliff Lodge at Snowbird Resort
Snowbird, Utah

Know Before You Go — Important Information for Participants

Final Program and Poster List            Session Descriptions

Please send this link to colleagues who may be interested in the conference topic.

Obtaining a Visa to the United States

About This Conference

Single-Use Technologies III: Scientific and Technological Advancements is the third event of an ECI conference series started in 2015 and focusing on the scientific and engineering aspects of single-use technology.

The conference will be a 3-day event (Sept. 23 to 26, 2018) in Snowbird, UT, USA and will target 100-120 attendees. The conference will have speakers from industry and academia, single-use final product (e.g. bags, assemblies) manufacturers, film/resin manufacturers as well as keynote speakers from the biopharmaceutical industry, experts in polymers/materials science and manufacturers of novel biomedical devices.

The third series of this conference will build on the success of the first two editions and expand further to include scientific and technological developments in single-use upstream and downstream processing for a variety of biologics and will invite presentations looking at the challenge of integration and continuous processing approaches and how single-use technology can accelerate the quest for speed and flexibility in this space.  A new session on cell and gene therapy is organized to discuss the specific requirements of the industry for emerging applications of single-use systems.  It is clear that collaborative work and multidisciplinary discussions are needed to allow implementation of single-use technology to reach its full potential.  In order for better understanding and communication among various functional areas, half-day (Sept. 23, 2018) pre-conference workshops will share fundamental knowledge on polymers and cell

Conference Organization

Weibing Ding, Amgen
Martina Micheletti, University College London
Robert Repetto, Pfizer

Pre-Conference Workshops

 Descriptions of Pre-conference Workshops:

  • Basics of Polymers  —  Jerome Vachon (Sabic)
  • Fundamentals of Cell and GeneTherapy   —  Prof Gary J. Lye (UCL)

(fundamentals of cell therapy and gene therapy, terminology, process flow sheets for different therapies, manufacturing challenges)

Oral Sessions

Confirmed keynote speakers

Dr. Stefan Schmidt, Head of Operations / COO. BioAtrium AG. Visp, Switzerland

Process Intensification in Biomanufacturing driven by Advances in Single use Technologies

Single use technologies now represent the state of the art in biomanufacturing, but still the full potential of a broad application has not been tapped yet. One strategy that captures most of disposable benefits is process intensification. Here single use systems are optimized to achieve similar output levels as traditional stainless-steel facilities but at much lower capital expenditure, smaller footprints and faster implementation times. This presentation gives an overview on current approaches, describes the opportunities and limits of disposables and delivers recommendations to what should be done by suppliers and users in the near future.

David W. Grainger, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Bioengineering
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Health Sciences,
University of Utah

Polymer interfaces and biopharmaceuticals: chemistry, designs and challenges

The complex interactions between biological components and polymer materials has an extensive technical history.  Virtually every surface property has been invoked as being important to biological interfacial response: texture, roughness, topology, porosity, hydrophilic, hydrophobic, polar, apolar, (non)-wettable, non-fouling brushes, surface mobility, rigidity, flexibility, crystalline versus amorphous, aspect ratio. Few surface properties alone, however, provide consistent, global technical solutions to vexing biomedical technology problems, particularly with cell culture, blood, plasma, microbial milieu, and protein solutions.  Bio-interface materials performance must therefore be tailored specifically to each application.  Short-term contact use (minutes/hours) has different materials interface requirements than long-term (days) use; globular proteins have particularly difficult needs not readily satisfied by any materials solution.  Viable biologics interfaces (i.e., fresh blood harvests, cell cultures) must also consider selective gas permeability, leachables, and sterilization issues.  Film properties, lamination, cutting, chemical stability, sealing and handling issues are additional considerations for single-use materials.  Lastly cost-of-goods and materials economics must be considered, especially for single use technologies.  No one-size-fits-all surface solutions currently satisfy all bio-interface materials needs.

This talk will review design principles, dogma and actual polymer chemistries to modulate, modify and manipulate polymer surfaces in contact with biological components.  Several polymer surface properties will be discussed with regard to their physical chemistry in aqueous media.  Traditional and recent developments in non-fouling interfaces and polymer approaches and their hypothesized influences on biophysical interactions with proteins and cells will be presented.

Please click this LINK to view Oral Sessions description.

Abstract Submission

Detailed session descriptions are available in the Session descriptions above.  Please use these descriptions to pre-select up to two sessions where you believe your work fits best.

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at: THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                Closed
Poster abstract submission deadline:            Closed

Poster size:  4 feet x 4 feet (max)  (1.2 m x 1.2 m)

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Note:  Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Awards will be presented for the overall best poster and for the top three student posters.

Major Sponsors

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Levels of Sponsorship

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Conference Venue

18AS Snowmass

Snowbird Resort is nestled within the Little Cottonwood Canyon, in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in the state of Utah. This mountain setting offers excellent meeting facilities, dining, accommodations and activities. Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) is approximately 29 miles away from Snowbird. Ground transportation options between Salt Lake International Airport and Snowbird include rental car, taxi (approximately $75-$85 one-way), and shuttle service (approximately $45 one-way and $82 round trip) with Canyon Transportation.

Conference participants will be housed in The Cliff Lodge that offers three restaurants, two lounges, two swimming pools, four hot tubs and a world-class spa.

Trail & Village Maps

Address:  9385 S. Snowbird Center Drive,  Snowbird, UT 84092-9000

Post-Conference Tour-Optional

Optional Tour of ThermoFisher Scientific Logan, UT Single-Use Facility on September 26

ThermoFisher Scientific is offering an optional tour of its facility in Logan, Utah, after the conclusion of the conference. Space will be limited to 30 attendees and some restrictions will apply.

ThermoFisher requires that tour participants sign a Confidential Disclosure Agreement and provide identification. Details regarding the tour are on this FLYER.

To sign up for the tour please contact Mackenzie Rogers (

Please sign up no later than August 15 if you would like to participate.

Note that this tour is not sponsored by or organized by Engineering Conferences International. Attendees interested in the tour must sign up directly with ThermoFisher. Details regarding the tour are being provided by ECI for informational purposes only.

Travel and Transportation

Shuttle Transport

Canyon Transport provides shuttle service from the Salt Lake City Airport to Snowbird and return.  ECI has negotiated a discounted fare for conference participants.  Please use the group code: ECI2018

Use this link to bypass the Canyon Transport web page and start directly in their reservation tool:

After that, click on the group code button and enter ECI2018 (not case sensitive).   The rates for a shared ride are $40 per passenger for a one way reservation and $76 per passenger for a round trip.  The travel dates are restricted from September 15 – 30, 2018.

If, by chance, you end up on the homepage (, click on the Traveling to/from Airport button and then click on the Airport Reservation Tool and follow the above instructions.

By Car

To Snowbird from Salt Lake City International Airport
Take I-80 east to I-215 south. Take Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.

To Snowbird from Downtown Salt Lake City
Go west on 500 South to I-15 and head south. Exit at I-215 heading east. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.

To Snowbird from Park City and Points East
Take UT-224 west and north to I-80. On I-80, head west toward the Salt Lake Valley. Take Exit 130 to I-215 south. Get off at Exit 6 (6200 South) and go east on 6200 South, toward the mountains. This road will lead you straight to UT-210 and up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird.

To Snowbird from Points South
Take I-15 north to Exit 295 (9000 South). Turn right onto 9000 South. This street becomes 9400 South, which takes you to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Go right on UT-210. Six miles to Snowbird.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights), all meals and coffee breaks, gondola ticket, 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 $1,975.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,695.00
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 $1,285.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (All conference-included meals and receptions, including the banquet. US 525.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (No meals or conference activities included.) No charge

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before September 22) or to stay after the conference (after September 26), 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.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

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

Final Program

Click HERE to view the final program and the list of posters.

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/photographing 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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