Editor's Note: The following is Emil Ciurczak's first-hand, first-person review of IQPC's PAT Business Strategies Summit, which was held Dec. 5-7 in Philadelphia, Pa.Normally, I do not attend all sessions on every day of a meeting (of any kind). I would like to state that this one was a rare exception. I have been associated with PAT since I was a member of the PAT sub-committee for the FDA. Most pre- and post-guidance meetings have been concerned with the actual measurements, hardware, and software. As such, the majority of the audience has been scientifically trained (chemists and engineers). Unfortunately, scientists and engineers dont write the checks in an organization.This PAT meeting was a break with tradition: a syllabus mostly concerned with the economic and personnel requirements of PAT. The format was a little different from many meetings I have attended over the years, so I will be using a somewhat different outline from my usual reports. I cannot describe in detail all the sessions and talks, so I will relate some highlights of the program (and hope not to offend speakers not mentioned, but, there were soooo many good talks ) Day 1The first day consisted of three workshops:
- Quantitative Process Characterization: a First and Important Step of a Successful PAT Program,
- Developing Manufacturing Excellence Through the Implementation of PAT, and
- Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to PAT Adoption.