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PHSS News | Open Access | Published 30th September 2022


PHSS News – September 2022

On 14th & 15th September we were delighted to host our first face to face event since 2019, welcoming delegates for a networking reception which began with an Annex 1 discussion followed by cocktail making to celebrate 40 years of PHSS. Great fun was had by all, and the key points raised during the discussion will form part of the full day conference on 20th October.

On 15th, we hosted the main Annual Conference in association with UCL Q3P. We welcomed over 100 people: speakers, delegates, and exhibitors. Following a short introduction, we started the day with Gordon Farquharson sharing some wonderful insights from the past 40years, sharing stories of key characters from the PHSS’s history.

Then moved onto hearing from Richard Parker, MHRA on inspectorate expectations on the much-awaited Annex 1. From here we then heard some valuable insights from Diego Mockli, Head of Supply Chain at Tigen Pharma, talking about global challenges facing Manufacturing and Supply of personalized ATMPs. Following a networking break, we took the opportunity to recognise achievements with the Annual Students Awards, support by UCL and RSSL.

Michael Schenk, from Jackson immune Research, gave us a heartfelt presentation on some of the human aspects of challenges faced during Covid, important things to be considered in staff mental health and well-being in challenging times.

After lunch and further networking Dan Pearce, Vice President, European Manufacturing & Technical Operations, from Adaptimmune to talked about 40 things (roughly) you didn’t realise you needed to know about contamination control and manufacture in advanced therapies. The final presentation of the day before the Panel discussions was from Steve Stewart, from Catapult, Head of Skills and Apprenticeships talking us through the Skills gap and how Catapult are trying to support industry in closing this.

The final session of the day was a panel discussion, led by James Drinkwater and supported by Di Morris, Tim Triggs, Gordon Farquharson, and Richard Parker, giving the audience opportunity to ask further questions on Annex 1 and other topics covered during the day.

Thank you once again to our speakers, panel members, sponsors, exhibitors and of course you all our valued members/delegates for attending. Even though we were not able to host the event on UCL premises, we were delighted to run this year’s event in conjunction with them. We are working closely with UCL and hope we will be able to return for 2023.

Please keep connected with our various channels, looking out for further information on Annex 1 conference on 20th October, the QP Forum 3rd November 2022, and the latest PHSS news.

Thank you finally to all our valued members, partners, and industry collaborations for your invaluable support.

Jenni Tranter

PHSS Chair

September 2022


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