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September 24-26
San Diego, USA

Be part of the device engineering evolution: 
From PFS to smart injectors to delivering
quality patient care


8:00 am Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Dirk Kreder General Manager & President of the Board, anteris helvetia AG

State-of-Play: The Fast Evolving Injectables Market

9:10 am Opening Address: Understanding the FDA’s Expectation for Postmarketing Safety Reporting (PMSR) for Combination Products

  • Delma Broussard Director, Medical Devices & Combination Products PV Expert, CSL Behring


  • What does the regulatory agency expect under the PMSR final rule?
  • Overview of combination product PMSR types
  • Example/scenarios of case reports to illustrate how to comply with specific requirements of PMSR final rule

9:40 am Why Risk Management is Key to Support Your Next Generation Injectable Development

  • Thomas Altobelli Senior Manager, Device Quality & Risk Management, Janssen Pharmaceuticals


  • Relationship between risk analysis, FMEA and design requirements
  • How risk management and human factors play a key role in new product development
  • Leveraging clinical and post-market surveillance data to develop robust product designs
  • Lessons learned from using a RM closed loop approach to ensure safety and effectiveness

10:10 am Quick Fire Debate: How Should You Address Regulatory Changes?


Following the morning’s presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask panellists their burning questions, debate and share their experiences, addressing key themes such as:

  • How to handle adverse events reporting during post-market surveillance
  • It’s no longer a device – combination products as a whole
  • What does EU-MDR mean to your launch plan in EMEA and beyond?
  • The importance of your usability and functionality studies ahead of approval
  • Post-approval changes – what the FDA expects from you

10:30 am Speed Networking

11:10 am Morning Coffee

Agility: From Formulation to Connectivity

11:40 am How Quality Can Help Drug and Device Teams to be Agile

  • Leonel Vanegas Former Director, Global Quality Devices & Combination Products, Principal, Merck, ResMedica Consulting


  • How to become agile and flexible anticipating formulation changes beforeNDA/BLA filings
  • Progresses from pre-filled into a different presentation format – the considerations and data you’ll need to demonstrate to the regulatory agencies
  • The role of quality and CMC during drug-device combination products evolution

12:10 pm Panel Discussion: Human Factors Considerations for Connected Injection Devices

  • Richard Featherstone Research Director – Human Factors Research & Design, Emergo by UL
  • Erik Jin Engineering Fellow, Combination Products & Device, Celgene
  • Daniel Latham Head of Device Development & LCM, Novartis
  • Paul Upham Head, Smart Devices, Roche/Genentech


The panel will discuss various topics related to Human Factors considerations for designing and evaluating connected injection devices, including:

  • How to identify and mitigate against use-related risks associated with connectivity and associated software applications
  • How to evaluate and validate connected injection devices within the user’s ecosystem
  • How to identify the best set of user interfaces for your connected injected devices (e.g., embedded, smartphone, tablet, desktop)
  • How to account for device customization, the changing role of lay users, and implications for use-related risk

12:50 pm Networking Lunch

1:50 pm Selecting a Digital Health Partner to Deliver Business Value with Connected Devices


  • The racing game into connectivity: Real commercial benefits of connected devices
  • Who they should partner with?
  • How to build a fully integrated connected ecosystem with your stakeholders and patients and risk considerations

2:20 pm Expertise Talk: Digital Transformation: The New State-of-Art in Device Development

  • Timothy Quigg Program Development Lead, Crux Product Design Ltd


  • Insights from digital health: Success stories and lessons learnt that apply to the development of next generation drug delivery devices
  • Crossing the chasm: Overcoming the barriers to utilizing digital tools and techniques within existing device engineering teams
  • Implementation case studies: Exploring solutions across human factors, mechanical engineering and device verification & validation applications

2:50 pm Afternoon Networking Break

3:20 pm Commercialization of Your Combination Products – From Proof-of-Concept to Operations


  • Getting it right first time: excellent device design
  • Tighten your control to avoid deviation: design control and risk management
  • How to translate engineering success into commercialization
  • Post-launch device operations and lifecycle management

3:50 pm Innovation Talk: Needle-Free Differentiation: A Glass Primary Packaging as the Make-or-Break?

4:05 pm Mastermind


Connected device was the 2018 buzzword amongst drug and device developers. In 2019 we have seen a lot more initiatives and projects going live.

It’s clearly not just an add-on app, so what should we consider and what is the business case behind a connected device?

In this session we will split the audience into groups to develop a new connected device, with lifecycle management in mind:

  • Your intended user and therapy designation
  • Who are your stakeholders?
  • Who should be involved – internally vs externally
  • Regulatory landscape
  • Risks and opportunities

5:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

  • Dirk Kreder General Manager & President of the Board, anteris helvetia AG