Notes from ISPE and AAPS (and a Plea for Better Scheduling)

Two of our favorite shows to cover during the fall conference season are the ISPE and AAPS annual meetings. Unfortunately, this year they came at exactly the same time. As ISPE kicked off earlier this week in San Diego, AAPS goers were flying into LA just up the coast. (And meanwhile, over in Nashville, the annual AIChE meeting was ramping up.) Granted, these organizations and shows do not wholly overlap, but there are enough topics on the agendas (especially, this year, Quality by Design) and certainly enough vendor companies who set up booths at both meetings (and AIChE as well), that it would be nice if the schedulers would do some collective advance planning. As for 2010? Luckily, ISPE and AAPS will be one week apart, in early November. (Alas, AIChE coincides with ISPE--doh!)

As for me, I flew into San Diego last weekend, caught half of ISPE along the waterfront, and headed up the freeway to LA for the tail end of AAPS at the downtown convention center. Here's a sampling of some of the sessions I sat in on. (Some videos and podcasts from both meetings to come soon.)

At Abbott, Leveraging PAT for the Entire API Life Cycle

Amgen's Low: PAT Addresses Bioprocess Complexity, Upstream and Down

Successful Experiments (and Regulatory Reviews) in QbD

For QbD, the EU Shares the Burden

Modeling's Next Drug Development Challenge

--Paul Thomas