It is with great honour that we can announce professor Dieter Deforce as a new academic member of CESPE. His expertise in the fields of pharmaceutical biotechnology and (forensic) DNA-analysis are a crucial addition to the CESPE portfolio.
Dieter Deforce is a professor at the University of Ghent and is the head of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. From 2001 till 2016 he was also head of the forensic DNA‐analysis laboratory, which he founded at the University of Ghent, accredited and recognized by the Belgian government. He remains in the forensic field as dedicated DNA expert.
He is chair of the Belgian Medicines Committee, member of the Scientific Advise Working Party of the European Medicines Agency. He is also the director of the ProGenTomics platform of the University of Ghent, providing amongst others proteomics and mainly mass spectrometry based protein analytical tools to the research community. He is a partner in NXT‐GNT, a research consortium providing the research community next generation DNA‐sequencing. He is member of the board of directors of the VIB.
His research focuses on applying proteomics and genomics platforms (including Next Generation Sequencing) in the field of post translational protein modifications, stem cell development, prenatal genetic diagnosis, (auto‐)immunity and forensics and he is (co‐)author of over 350 scientific papers.
On September 15, we hosted our first conference on Manufacturing Innovations for a Sustainable (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry. We were thrilled to have more than 120 participants from over 40 different companies, who were able to enjoy our diverse program with ample networking opportunities. If you couldn’t make it or would like to relive the day, have a look at our aftermovie to take in some of the innovative atmosphere we witnessed that day!
We are excited to announce that professor Hristo Svilenov has joined CESPE as an academic member. With the onboarding of prof. Svilenov, we further strengthen our capabilities in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
Hristo Svilenov is a professor of biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology and formulation in the Laboratory of General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy at Ghent University. Before moving to Ghent, he was postdoc with Prof. Johannes Buchner at the Technical University of Munich funded by a fellowship from the Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Foundation and a grant from the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. From 2016 to 2019, he did his PhD sponsored by a Maria Skłodowska-Curie fellowship in the group of Prof. Gerhard Winter at the University of Munich. For his research, Dr. Svilenov received several prizes like the Carl Wilhelm Scheele Award from the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG) or the Abbvie Award for the best doctoral thesis. He is a pharmacist by training.
Hristo Svilenov is working on different aspects of the development, manufacturing, and formulation of biotherapeutics. A strong research focus is on the application of novel analytical techniques and biophysical methods to design better therapeutic proteins and formulations.
13h25 Continuous manufacturing of antibodies: the inevitable step towards sustainable drug manufacturing Koen Dierckx, CEO SimAbs
13h40 Discovery and selection of therapeutic antibodies with drug-like properties Prof. Hristo Svilenov, UGent
13h55 An academic’s journey to spin-out commercialization of a new manufacturing technology: continuous pharmaceutical lyophilization Prof. Thomas De Beer, UGent & RheaVita
Towards efficient Drug Product Development & Controlled Manufacturing
14h10 Challenges and opportunities in drug product development Fanny Stauffer, Drug Product Expert, UCB
14h30 Linking material proporties to their behavior during processing Prof. Chris Vervaet, UGent
Process simulation & sustainable systems engineering as key element for future proof pharmaceutical manufacturing
14h45 Advanced process simulation for smart manufacturing process development, scale-up and operation Wim Audenaert, CEO & Co-founder AM-Team
15h00 Sustainability Assessment in the pharmaceutical sector dr. Lieselot Boone, UGent
15h15 Break (posters & exhibition booths)
(Bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing; staying ahead of what’s next
15h45 Panel discussion Ann Van Gysel, CEO Medvia Claire Skentelbery, Director General EuropaBio Yves Vancleemput, Director Business Development, Janssen Pharmaceutica Birk Vanderweeën, General Manager Europe, Legend Biotech Prof. Thomas De Beer, CESPE Director (moderation: Tineke Van hooland)
16h30 Pech Kucha presentations
17h45 Closing word Sofie Bracke, Executive Councillor for Economy, Port and Sports, City of Ghent
Wouter De Soete, Manager CESPE Christoph Portier, CESPE Operations Manager
Networking reception & Dinner
18h00 – 22h00 (posters & exhibition booths)
On this page you will find all the updates considering the program of our CESPE conference on Manufacturing Innovations for a Sustainable (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry. At this event, there will be a mix of senior industry leaders, policy makers, academics and startups. There will be a variety of talks on chemical drug substance, drug product and biotech manufacturing, providing insights in both industrial and academic state-of-the-art. There will also be ample opportunities to network with all participants.
What’s in it for you? You will:
Have access to state-of-the-art science in the field of chemical drug substance, drug product and biotech manufacturing
Get to know groundbreaking and disruptive manufacturing technologies
Expand your professional network
Learn more about our new facilities planned at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park, including cleanrooms to handle potent APIs
Have the latest insights in the new Master in Pharmaceutical Engineering, unique in Flanders and launched in September ’22.
Have discussion opportunities with talented PhD and postdoctoral researchers through interactive poster sessions
Learn about access to young talent through various master thesis opportunities
We are excited to announce Dr. Ann Van Gysel as keynote speaker at our CESPE Conference on Manufacturing Innovations for a Sustainable (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry on September 15th in Ghent! Dr. Van Gysel was recently appointed as CEO of the spearhead cluster MEDVIA. In her keynote, she will focus on the current trends in healthcare and the (bio)pharmaceutical landscape.
Ann Van Gysel has always been passionate about innovation in healthcare. She started out as a biologist and received her PhD in molecular biology from the University of Gent. She acquired post-graduate degrees in Business Management and Marketing and Communications. In 2009, she joined FlandersBio as Managing Director. During her three-year tenure, she doubled the number of members, putting Flanders on the international map as a one of the major biotech hubs. In 2011, Ann founded Turnstone Communications, a consultancy agency providing communications and marketing services to healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical organizations in Belgium and abroad. She was the founder of the digital life sciences news platform BioVox.eu, sharing Belgian innovations with national and international professionals. Since January 2022 she has been the CEO of MEDVIA, a public-private partnership founded by the Flemish Government to support innovation in healthcare focusing on biotech, medtech and digital health.
Registration fees are €200 for industry (30% reduction for members) and €50 for academia (free for members). For the networking dinner, a supplement of €75 is charged. These early bird rates apply until August 31st.
CESPE is pleased to announce its yearly conference on Thursday September 15, 2022 focusing on Manufacturing Innovations for a Sustainable (Bio)Pharmaceutical Industry. This event will cover both drug substance and drug product manufacturing innovations, demonstrating the position of Flanders and Belgium as global leaders in (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing. During this physical event in Ghent, you will have the opportunity to network with our academic members, industrial partners and policy makers. Therefore, this event is perfectly suited for senior scientists, industrial decision makers and policy makers active within the ecosystem.
Stay tuned for more information on the program and registration!
2 PhD Positions to develop a Predictive Framework enabling Real-Time Release Testing in Solid Dosage Manufacturing
This PhD project aims to develop a knowledge-based predictive framework for dissolution testing to enable real-time release testing (RTRt) in solid dosage manufacturing. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with pharmaceutical companies and the UGent research accelerator Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering and Manufacturing (CESPE). The research outcome will be published in important scientiﬁc journals.
Traditionally, RTRt frameworks are developed by individual companies and partnering research institutions leading to a costly and resource-intensive process. Moreover, the development requires a thorough process understanding as well as controls embedded in the production processes. In this project, a predictive framework for dissolution testing will be developed using material, process, and PAT data from continuous direct compression process. This project presents a unique opportunity to work at the academia-industry interface on a very important and relevant topic to the pharmaceutical industry. A range of formulations and knowledge from multiple pharmaceutical companies involved in the project will lead to development of a generic and better predictive framework enabling RTRt.
The project currently has two open positions for PhD candidates: a PhD project with an Experimental focus and a PhD project with a mathematical modeling focus. The researcher with an experimental focus will get an in-depth scientific understanding, hands-on experience of direct compression based manufacturing and gain expertise in practical aspects of dissolution test development applicable to an industrial working environment. The researcher with a modeling focus will apply different modeling approaches of developing in vitro predictive dissolution models based on product and process understanding. Hence, a predictive dissolution modeling framework will be developed to support product development within the space explored during formulation and process optimization and as surrogate tests in a regulatory filing towards RTRt.
Experimental research focus:
Master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, physical chemistry, or a related discipline
Experience in dissolution testing of pharmaceutical dosage forms.
Experience with various analytical techniques (DSC, XRD, IR, TGA, DVS, HPLC).
Experience in multivariate data analysis is desirable.
Mathematical modeling research focus:
Master’s degree in bioengineering, chemical engineering, and process engineering or a related discipline
Experience with the development of numerical methods
Experience with mechanistic and data-driven modeling methodologies
Experience in Python and/or MATLAB is desirable.
Candidates must have a strong interest in both experiments and theoretical modeling
More information For further information, please contact:
You have to use the online application tool available here or by sending an email to Ashish.Kumar@UGent.be to provide your CV with names of three references, motivation letter and transcripts of your bachelor and master studies.
Application deadline and start date
The position is available immediately and will remain open until it is filled. While the start date is flexible, the target is to start from Feb 2022.
2 PhD positions in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation with Focus on Continuous Pharmaceutical Freeze-Drying
The general goal of these PhD research projects is to further innovate in a continuous freeze-drying technology for (bio)pharmaceuticals and explore its potential as an enabler for different pharmaceutical products.
Topic 1: The evaluation of different energy supply systems for the continuous & controlled (mechanistic based) freeze-drying of biopharmaceutical unit doses.
Topic 2: Continuous freeze-drying as an enabling technology for different types of pharmaceutical products (e.g., lipid nano-particle based products, highly concentrated protein formulations, vaccines, cold chain distributed products, etc.) The research projects may be conducted in close cooperation between Ghent University (Belgium) and pharmaceutical companies and equipment manufacturers. The PhD project will be executed in Ghent, Belgium. The research outcome will be published in important scientific journals.
Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Drug Development, Industrial Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Bio-science Engineering, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline.
Experience with pharmaceutical technology is desirable.
Candidates must have a strong interest in biopharmaceutical product development manufacturing innovation, analysis and data-analysis.
Belgium has an excellent position in the development of new medicines. ‘To continue to play that leading role, we also need to focus on innovation in drug production,’ says Professor Thomas De Beer.
With the CESPE Innovation Accelerator, Ghent University offers an answer to the need for top research infrastructure for innovation in pharmaceutical production technology. This is necessary to further anchor Belgium’s leading position in the field of drug development research and to guarantee its production in our region.
Need for innovation in pharmaceutical production
‘If you look at pharmaceutical manufacturing innovation over the last decades, it hasn’t kept up with the speed of drug development. Innovation in the pharmaceutical sector primarily focuses on the development of medicines. But the increasing complexity of medicines and their supply needs also requires innovation in production technology,’ says Professor Thomas De Beer. He is director of CESPE, the Center of Excellence for Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering & Manufacturing at Ghent University, which is the basis of the new innovation accelerator for production technology in the pharmaceutical sector.
‘Innovation in the pharmaceutical sector primarily focuses on the development of medicines. But the increasing complexity of medicines and their supply needs also requires innovation in production technology.’ Professor Thomas De Beer.
‘Unlike other sectors in the manufacturing industry, pharmaceutical products are often developed before it is clear how they can be produced on a large scale in a competitive, sustainable and flexible way. By linking the development of a medicine at an early stage to the development of the production process, you shorten the lead time,’ explains Professor De Beer.
‘The Corona pandemic has also increased the need for agile production technologies. Just think of the supply of intermediate substances in the event of an abruptly rising demand or local production of critical medicines, and the associated cold chain distribution at -80°C of certain vaccines. This requires new technologies and we will research and develop them in the new CESPE center in collaboration with the industry,’ says Wouter De Soete, manager of CESPE at Ghent University.
Unique research infrastructure
The CESPE Innovation Accelerator will include cleanrooms, lab and office space as well as a (bio)pharmtech incubator. ‘This combination of research infrastructure in the field of production innovation is unique in Belgium. With this we make a huge difference, not only for academic research but also for industry,’ emphasizes Professor De Beer.
‘This research infrastructure in the field of production innovation is unique in Belgium. With this we make a huge difference, not only for academic research but also for industry.’ Professor De Beer.
There are strict requirements for the production of medicines. You have to create the right conditions for researchers and for the products you work with. Thanks to the modular and flexible layout of the cleanrooms and lab areas, large companies, start-ups and research institutions can perform tests and collaborate under optimal conditions. This is the only way to create the right environment for innovation.’
The center also provides the necessary space to accommodate spin-offs resulting from this innovative research. ‘We strongly believe that cross-fertilization between industry and academia will lead to innovative production technologies. In the field of production technology within the pharmaceutical sector, we want to become the reference point, both for research and training of the right profiles. For that reason, we will start with a new master in pharmaceutical engineering in the academic year 2022-2023. This combination of pharmaceutical and engineering skills is much needed in the sector to realize innovation. By focusing on that, we are firmly convinced that this will lead to new start-ups. We also want to offer them the necessary support in the CESPE center to start up and grow.’
‘The main goal of CESPE is to be the leading innovation hub in Europe for the end-to-end pharmaceutical production of tomorrow’s medicines,’ according to Wouter De Soete. ‘That means that we examine the entire drug production chain, from development to its supply to the market, and examine how we can model and optimize it as best as possible. For this we have to call on different expertise. Just think of experts in the field of big data, AI, automation and robotization, energy-efficient production,…’ According to De Soete, the center in Zwijnaarde will be a game changer for the pharmaceutical industry in Flanders, which will also provide a lot of jobs.
Ghent (March 25, 2021) – Takeda and Ghent University (UGent) are pleased to announce that Takeda’s Global Manufacturing Site at Lessines has officially joined the CESPE innovation cluster, a multi-partner innovation accelerator in the field of pharmaceutical engineering and manufacturing. This strategic partnership reflects both parties’ strong desire to further intensify their research and innovation efforts and to make optimal use of the cross pollination between industry and academia. Initially, this partnership will focus on optimising digitization in Pharma 4.0, pharmaceutical technology innovation, and optimising energy and material efficiency during production.
“As one of the global leaders in the production of plasma derivatives, Takeda continuously improves its manufacturing operations. To this end, the mutual sharing of knowledge with other companies and knowledge institutions like CESPE is key”
— Gert Verheyden, Head of Manufacturing Sciences at Takeda Lessines —
“As one of the global leaders in the production of plasma derivatives, Takeda continuously improves its manufacturing operations. To this end, the mutual sharing of knowledge with other companies and knowledge institutions like CESPE is key”, says Gert Verheyden, Head of Manufacturing Sciences at Takeda Lessines. “This allows Takeda Lessines to make a significant contribution to the training of tomorrow’s pharmaceutical engineers, both in existing and emerging education tracks, and also to increase the industrial relevance of possible innovation projects at the international level.” “We are thrilled to collaborate with Takeda and to thus facilitate its strong desire to implementing innovative production processes of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished pharmaceutical products. We are collaborating precompetitively with an industrial network to build a strong knowledge region enabling the local anchoring of talent and innovation”, says professor Thomas De Beer, Director of CESPE.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetic and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline.
Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries.
Ghent University (UGent) is a top 100 university and one of the largest Belgian universities in the heart of Europe. It is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. The organization is committed to research and innovation with an annual research budget of more than € 600 million and more than 5,500 researchers active in a wide range of the life, physical and social sciences. UGent TechTransfer and the UGent Business Development Platforms, such as CESPE, support researchers in developing groundbreaking science to bring innovations to the market.
The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering and Manufacturing (CESPE) is a multidisciplinary innovation accelerator hosted at Ghent University focusing on the sustainable development, design and optimization of both drug substance and drug product production platforms. Its ambition is to become the reference centre in end-to-end (bio)pharmaceutical manufacturing in Europe. It accelerates the development of emerging production technologies to manufacture the medicines of the future in a sustainable, agile way.
Great job opportunity! Want to develop your Process Development Engineering skills? Our partner simAbs, developing a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing platform, might have just the challenge you’re looking for! Check out the job offer here!
SAVE THE DATE for the first CESPE Industrial Partnering Day! December 2nd, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Feel free to forward within your organisation
Interested in how Ghent University accelerates innovation and cultivates partnerships in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering and Manufacturing? Innovating in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry? Equipment, infrastructure developer or system integrator? We gladly introduce you to CESPE and provide you with a selection of high-quality R&I pitches from both UGent and industry!
UGent rector Rik Van de Walle
Deputy mayor of the City of Ghent Sofie Bracke
World class industry leaders: Janssen Pharmaceutica and Takeda.
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End-to-end integrated pharmaceutical manufacturability of tomorrow’s medicines – Enabling sustainable innovation in drug substance and drug product production.
Fascinated by pharmaceutical process development and how novel drug manufacturing techniques contribute to that? Eager to pursue a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences on the industrial implementation of continuous tablet manufacturing via direct compression?
This could be your opportunity! A collaboration between Ghent University CESPE and Johnson and Johnson Belgium!
The pharmaceutical industry is switching from batch-wise to continuous manufacturing of tablets. The aim of current project is to address crucial gaps of knowledge for industrial implementation of continuous tablet manufacturing via direct compression.
During drug product development limited amounts of new chemical entities are available to investigate the effect of formulation and process variables on the final drug product. The first aim is therefore to develop a strategy for identification of a surrogate component, i.e. a component with similar characteristics as the new chemical entity, to use during early process and formulation development trials. Furthermore, continuous feeding of very cohesive raw materials is often challenging and affects further downstream processing. Therefore, various formulation strategies to overcome feeding issues of very cohesive raw materials in function of process parameters will be developed. Finally, a control strategy based on residence time distributions is of utmost importance to ensure the final product quality and traceability along the manufacturing line. Therefore, the critical formulation and process parameters affecting residence time distributions on a continuous direct compression line will be investigated and predictive models will be built for each unit operation and for the integrated line.
CESPE will present to you at Knowledge for Growth 2018 this week Thursday 17th in Ghent #KfG2018! Visit us at exhibition booth 75, first floor of TTO Flanders Ghent University Tech Transfer to get to know more about the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pharmaceutical Engineering. #KfG2018 with flanders.bio. https://www.knowledgeforgrowth.be/
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