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    E55 Manufacture of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Products

    Title: Workshop on the Role of Standards in Cell and Tissue Manufacturing

    Dates: Wednesday October 02 2019

    Location: Georgia Tech; Atlanta, GA

    Event Name: E55 October 2019 Meeting

    About The Event

    Technical Program

    Registration Information

    Hotel Information

    Transportation and Directions

    Standards Development Meetings

    Future Meeting Dates

    About the Event

    A workshop presented by ASTM Committee E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Products. The workshop will take place in The Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) at Georgia Tech, on October 2nd. The ASTM technical meetings of Committee E55 will follow on October 3rd & 4th at the same location. Both the workshop and the technical meetings are open to all.

    Objective and Scope

    This workshop will provide a forum for sharing the latest in the Cell Manufacturing industry from industry, academia, clinicians, and regulatory bodies. It will also help to identify new opportunities for standards and related projects in the cell manufacturing industry.


    About 100 attendees are expected and include researchers and students involved in the Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT; an NSF engineering research center based at Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and University of Wisconsin – Madison, focused on developing new technologies for cell scale-up), and other representatives from industry, academia, clinicians, and regulatory bodies involved in cell and tissue manufacturing.

    Technical Program

    To view the full list of speakers, please click here for the Program Schedule.

    Confirmed speakers

    Roger Kamm, Ph.D. - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Richard McFarland, M.D., Ph.D. – BiofabUSA

    Krystyn Van Vliet, Ph.D. - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Peter Zandstra, Ph.D. - University of British Columbia

    Registration Information

    All attendees – All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the registration closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided he or she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID.

    Cancellations – A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Symposia Operations at or 610-832-9698.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610-832-9698, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member Fee85.00100.00
    Non-Member Fee105.00120.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Hotel Information

    A block of rooms has been reserved at each of the two hotels listed below.

    Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown
    683 Peachtree Street, NE
    Atlanta, Georgia 30308

    Cut-Off Date: September 01, 2019, or when the block is full.
    ASTM Rate: $169.00 plus tax.

    To make your reservation online, please visit: Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown Reservations

    Homewood Suites Atlanta Midtown
    97 10th Street, NE
    Atlanta, Georgia 30309

    Cut-Off Date: September 06, 2019, or when the block is full.
    ASTM Rate: $259.00 plus tax.

    To make your reservation online, please visit: Homewood Suites Atlanta Midtown Reservations

    Please note: Hotel rooms are in short supply around October 2 and it is highly recommended to book your room as soon as possible.

    Transportation and Directions

    Workshop Locations:
    The majority of the workshop will take place in The Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB). The address is 950 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332. If you enter the building from Atlantic Drive (road covered in brick), you will be in the main lobby and the CHOA presentation room (1005) will be just inside the door on your left. Please note: this section of Atlantic Drive is a pedestrian only road and not open to car traffic. The Krone Building is located at the south west corner of Atlantic Drive NW and 10th Street NW. A campus map can be viewed at: If taking a taxi or Uber the best address to give the driver is 353 Peachtree Place NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

    Lunch and Poster Session Location:
    The lunch and poster session will take place in the atrium of the Marcus Nanotechnology Building. The address is 345 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332. The Marcus Nanotechnology Building is located at the northwest corner of Atlantic Drive NW and Ferst Dr. A campus map can be viewed at:

    If you are driving a car to the Georgia Tech campus, the most convenient visitor parking lot is the North Campus Parking Deck (W23/Visitor Area 5) located at 911 State Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. This parking deck is accessed from State Street. If you walk out of the parking deck to Atlantic Drive NW (opposite side from State Street), the Marcus Nanotechnology Building is just up the hill (to the right) from the parking deck and the Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) is just down the hill (to the left). A map of visitor parking lots can be viewed at: Parking Map.

    Transportation options to/from the airport:

    Follow the signs at baggage claim to MARTA – take any train (they all go North from the airport) to Midtown Station (station N4) or North Avenue Station (N3). MARTA fare is $2.50 one-way, or you can purchase unlimited day or weekly passes if you will be using MARTA while traveling around Atlanta. Cards and fares can be purchased at a Breeze Vending Machine located near the entrance to MARTA. MARTA Schedules The Tech Trolley stops near the Global Learning Center and the Midtown MARTA station and is free to ride.

    Taxi, Uber and Lyft
    Taxis, Uber and Lyft are all regularly used in the Atlanta area

    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee E55 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM Staff Manager, Travis Murdock at Email: or Phone: 610-832-2826.

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee E55 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information about future E55 meetings, please visit E55 Future Meetings.

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