RSSL Life Science Open Day

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26th June | Reading, UK

 

Discover the science behind innovation

 

Join us for an exclusive Open Day at RSSL, offering existing and prospective clients unique access to our cutting-edge laboratories including our newly opened 24,000sq ft Knight Facility.

This event is a prime opportunity to gain insights from leading scientists and industry experts through presentations and demonstrations on the latest trends and best practices. Experience the breadth of our capabilities and expertise in our own innovative lab spaces. Enhance your knowledge, expand your professional network, and strengthen your relationships with RSSL. 

 

 

What to expect

 

Insightful tours: Embark on guided tours led by our scientists and technical experts. Gain exclusive access to our cutting-edge laboratories, equipped with the latest technology and instruments. From analytical chemistry to microbiology, witness firsthand the processes that drive innovation and ensure product safety and quality.


Expert led presentations: Engage with our leading technical scientists and industry experts through a series of talks, gaining valuable insights into the latest trends, technologies, and best practices shaping the future of scientific analysis and research.


Meet the Experts: Connect with our team of passionate scientists. Ask questions, share ideas, and explore potential collaborations. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an aspiring scientist, there's something for everyone to learn and discover.


Networking opportunities: Connect with fellow scientists, researchers and professionals during networking breaks and sessions.

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Agenda

 

An immersive Open Day packed with insightful talks, captivating laboratory tours, interactive poster presentations, engaging Q&A sessions, and valuable networking opportunities.

 

 

08:45 - Registration & Coffee

 

09:15 - Welcome Address: RSSL's Vice President & Managing Director, Jacinta George

 

09:25 - The Evolving Regulatory Landscape: Explore the latest updates and changes in regulatory standards - Sue Mann

 

Delving into the UK and EU regulatory trends including the Windsor Framework for Northern Ireland, the new EU Pharmaceutical Directive, and the Point of Care manufacture model. Sue discusses these initiatives which aim to modernise pharmaceutical regulations, and localise medical product manufacturing, respectively, and how they impact the industry.

 

10:00 - Unlocking Success: Exploring RSSL's collaborative CRO strategy - Jette Cowan

 

We discuss the collaborative ethos of RSSL and how it can significantly enhance your projects. We begin by sharing RSSL's vision, offering insights into our mission, values, and overarching goals. Through alignment of visions, our aim is to foster a synergistic partnership centred on mutual success. We then explore the tangible benefits of choosing RSSL as your CRO, from our cutting-edge facilities and state-of-the-art technology to our team of experts with diverse skill sets, we highlight how these resources can propel your projects forward efficiently and effectively.

10:35 - Breakout Sessions: Choose from a tour or an engaging session:
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    Session 1: Tour of new Knight facility

    Visit our new Knight facility and take in the scale of our dedicated Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical facility with opportunities to see our scientists in action in all our departments including Biomolecular Analysis & Wet Chemistry. Take in the vast equipment on site including a number of HPLCs, LCMS, GCMS and dedicated Bioassay laboratories. Make sure you take the opportunity to ask our scientists questions and find out more about the expertise that is delivering industry leading analysis.

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    Session 2: Tour of the Reading Science Centre

    Take a trip to our head office laboratory based at Whiteknights Campus, Reading Science Centre, to visit the cross functional facility with extensive departments delivering high quality projects including our Investigative, Metals, Microscopy, Packaging, 3D and Metrology & Physical Sciences departments. With top of the range equipment including NMR’s, Confocal Raman, Bruker D8 Advance and a state of the art Metrology laboratory, there is so much to see – take the opportunity to ask our scientists questions and find out more about the expertise that is delivering industry leading analysis. 

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    Session 3: Emerging Industry Trends and Challenges

    This presentation from RSSL technical experts will explore the shift from traditional chemical test methodologies in the pharmacopoeia to newer, complex instruments, such as the approach taken with metal analysis, detailing the advantages and disadvantages and what the future could look like. Additionally, the presentation will address the emerging challenge of PFAS in the environmental and food industries, their inevitable evaluation in the life sciences sector, and the potential regulatory and methodological implications for the future.

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    Session 4: Upskilling Your Future Talent

    Sue Mann explores the essential skills expected for the future workforce and examine the implications of increased automation and artificial intelligence, considering their impact on the skills landscape. Additionally, we'll delve into strategies for optimising limited resources and discuss how training and development methodologies need to adapt to align with evolving skill and changing workforce dynamics. Lastly, we'll look at how to proactively plan to future proof talent. 

11:35 - Coffee & Networking

 

11:55 – Unveiling the mysteries: Investigating Foreign Materials and Impurities – RSSL Technical Experts

 

Insight into both foreign body identification strategies, as well as methods for the detection and characterisation of known and unknown chemical impurities and contaminants.  The presentation delves into the regular need to utilise a wide range of analytical techniques for these investigations including common spectroscopic techniques such as UV, alongside more complex approaches, such as accurate mass spectrometry.

 

Sample purification strategies are discussed, as is the importance of fully elucidating the chemical structure of an impurity, utilising NMR spectroscopy as a truly complementary technique. The discussion investigation spans into areas of raw materials, manufacturing equipment, packaging components, environmental factors and even instances of intentional substitution (e.g. counterfeiting). The success of the analysis enables the assessment of risk severity, potentially averting product recalls, and can assist in locating the source of origin to protect product integrity.

 

12:40 - RSSL Technical Specialists Panel: Have burning questions? Ask our experts anything during this interactive panel session.

 

13:10 - Lunch & Networking
14:00 - Breakout Sessions: Choose from a tour or an insightful session
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    Session 1: Tour of the Reading Science Centre

    Cross functional facility with specialist Microscopy and Metals departments

     

    Take a trip to our head office laboratory based at Whiteknights Campus, Reading Science Centre, to visit the cross functional facility with extensive departments delivering high quality projects including our Investigative, Metals, Microscopy, Packaging, 3D and Metrology & Physical Sciences departments. With top of the range equipment including NMR’s, Confocal Raman, Bruker D8 Advance and a state of the art Metrology laboratory, there is so much to see – take the opportunity to ask our scientists questions and find out more about the expertise that is delivering industry leading analysis. 

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    Session 2: Analytical Solutions from Proteins to Cell & Gene Therapeutics

    Overview of protein biopharmaceutical characterisation and batch release analytics including tests for identity such as gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry, purity such as chromatography and electrophoresis, activity such as ELISA and bioassay and the requirements for their further development for cell and gene therapy including the analytical gaps. The mass spec, NGS and safety RSSL capabilities will be discussed alongside the more classical approaches.

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    Session 3: Putting Medical Devices to the test

    Medical device testing utilises many analytical techniques, ranging from physical and chemical testing to biological aspects of the medical device. These tests are frequently tailored to the device, evaluating an explicit property or functionality and as such often requires a bespoke testing approach to ensure all the relevant analytical data is generated and meaningful. The presentation will discuss the relevance of physical techniques in delivering this bespoke approach, delving into syringe functionality, device actuation force and 3d dimensional inspection through the use of Micro-CT (Micro-computed tomography).

 

15:05 - Coffee + Meet the Technical Experts: Engage with technical experts during poster presentations and explore the Knight facility during a guided tour.
16:00 - Knight Official Opening and Thank You 
 16:30 - Close
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