Challenges And Strategies To Automate Potency Assays To Be Discussed By Catalent Expert At Upcoming CASSS Bioassays Symposium

SOMERSET, N.J. – May 3, 2017 — Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, today announced that Christopher Hepler, Group Leader in Biologics Analytical Services at Catalent’s site in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, will be presenting at the upcoming CASSS Bioassays Symposium, to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland, on May 8 – 9, 2017.

Mr. Hepler’s presentation, on Monday, May 8 at 2:25 p.m., is entitled “Automation of Friendly Assay Design,” and will discuss the challenges of adapting potency assays to robotic systems. Attempts to integrate quantitative and potency assays using Hamilton® Robotics systems, including assays based on proteins, nucleic acids and cells will be presented and the results, both positive and unsuccessful, will be demonstrated. Additionally, Mr. Hepler will discuss strategies and lessons learned to optimize and validate successful automation.

Mr. Hepler is a 20-year veteran of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry and has extensive validation and project management experience operating under Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). He has expertise in protein purification, biochemical assays and laboratory automation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in physiology, both from North Carolina State University.

Additionally, on Monday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m., Mike Merges, Director of Strategic Growth, Catalent Biologics Analytical Services, will be co-chairing a session on new bioassay approaches and technologies, where a series of presentations will highlight different approaches to accurately and robustly measure the potency of emerging therapeutics.

For more information on the CASSS Bioassays Symposium, visit Catalent/CASSS and to arrange a meeting with Mr. Hepler or Mr. Merges at the event, contact Richard Kerns at NEPR - .

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