Single-Use Technologies IV: Building the Future

An ECI Conference Series

May 10-13, 2020
Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu
Marseille, France

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About This Conference

Conference Synopsis

Single-Use Technologies IV: Building the Future is the fourth event of an ECI conference series started in 2015 and unique in its aim – to advance knowledge in the fundamental science and engineering underpinning Single-Use Technology (SUT).

The conference will be a 4-day event (May 10 to 13, 2020) in Marseille, France, and will target 100-120 attendees. The conference will have speakers and attendees 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 fourth series of this conference will build on the success of the previous three editions and aim to focus on integration, standardization and facility design challenges for established and emerging applications. Other topics will include sustainability aspects, novel studies on biodegradable materials and plant design for minimal wastage, advances in sensors, soft sensors and their integration within SUT, modelling and optimization tools for the economic, social and environmental assessment of SUT in production facilities.

This conference brings together a multidisciplinary community interested in collaborating openly towards the advancement and adoption of single-use technology in the bioprocessing industry. The organizing committee welcomes the submission of scientific work that is novel and of high quality.

Please click these links to view previous conferences in this series.  2018   2017   2015

Conference Organization


Magali Barbaroux, Sartorius-Stedim, France
Weibing Ding, GSK, USA
Martina Micheletti, University College London, UK

Steering Committee for Single-Use Technologies IV

Ruben Carbonell, North Carolina State University
Cory Card, GE Healthcare
Regine Eibl-Schindler, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Jeffrey Johnson, Merck
Beth Junker, BioProcess Advantage LLC
Sally Kline, Genentech-Roche
Gary Lye, University College London
Ekta Mahajan, Genentech-Roche
Robert Repetto, Pfizer

Sponsorship Levels

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Conference Venue

Marseille is the oldest city in France. A Greek settlement, founded in the 7th century BC, then called Massilia, Marseille was seized by the Romans in 49 BC.  It became the “Gateway to the West” for most Oriental trade.  France’s largest port and lively second largest city has close links with the Middle East and North Africa.  It claims 300 days of sunshine per year

Narrow stepped streets, quiet squares, and fine 18th century facades contrast with the bustle of Boulevard Canebiére and the Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier’s postwar radical housing complex.  The old harbor now only handles small boats, but its daily fish market is renowned.  The intense smell of fish and salty sea air contribute to making this experience engaging to the senses.  Large cruise ships dock at Léon Gourret Pier, approximately five kilometers north.

The defining symbol of Marseille towers on a hilltop 154 meters above the city, with the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary stretching skywards.  The views are simply stunning.  One can either take a shuttle for convenience or embark on a just-under-an-hour-long hike up from the old port.

Saint Victor Abbey is Marseille’s oldest church.  The abbey was built by the graves of Marseille’s first martyrs.  Throughout history, the building was used as a church, prison, warehouse and barracks.

Marseille has many excellent museums.  Those in the old harbor include the Roman Docks Museum, situated on the site of a Roman docks warehouse discovered after World War II.  It contains a range of impressive artefacts discovered during the reconstruction of the Old Harbor.  One of its primary attractions are the “dolia” – large ceramic containers once used to store oils and wines.

The Marseille History Museum is an interesting and well-visited museum with historical and archeological artefacts dating back to the city’s founding times.   The Palais Longchamp is an extraordinary, majestic building right in the middle of the city that takes you years back in time with its ornamental staircases and large fountains.  The building houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Natural History Museum.

Splendidly situated on a hillside above the Vieux Port, this colorful neighborhood is the historic center and cultural heart of Marseille. Le Panier is Marseille’s oldest quarter, inhabited since antiquity when the ancient Greeks settled here in 600 BC. With its steep, narrow winding streets and quaint pastel buildings, this quarter offers a glimpse into the charming personality of Marseilles. Once a working class neighborhood, Le Panier is now gentrified, but still has a fascinating multiethnic and artistic character. You will find plenty of authentic Algerian cuisine, local artisan boutiques, gourmet food shops, and art galleries. This quarter is also a residential neighborhood, and the typical houses with shuttered window and lines of laundry provide evidence of the families who live there.

The Marseille Tourism website,, provides a wealth of information about this vibrant city and it is highly recommended that you check it out.

InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu

Housed in a listed historical monument, having served as the city’s primary hospital for over eight hundred years, this elegant hotel opened in 2013.  Offering an inimitable view of Marseille, the InterContinental Marseille-Hotel Dieu, is a most majestic encounter with the city and Provence.  It is perfectly located, overlooking the Vieux Port, right beside the oldest district in Marseille known as the Panier.  The hotel boasts a very beautiful terrace from which one can admire the Vieux Port.

The remains of a 12th century chapel are buried beneath the hotel’s gardens. A Roman mosaic dating from the 1st century A.D. can be seen in the Espace Culturel (on the ground floor).  A sustainable pilot project, the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu is the first hotel ever to be restructured subject to an environmental quality certification. This certification requires scrupulous monitoring of stringent specifications, especially in the choice of building materials, energy and water management, visual comfort, acoustics, and in the quality of air and water.

Link to hotel brochure:  Intercontinental Marseille Hotel Dieu  1 Place Daviel : Marseille ,13002, France

36 Hours in Marseilles – The New York Times

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