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Featuring speakers from Intertek, Aspen Research, Becton Dickinson, PPD, AstraZeneca, and more, discussing industry-leading topics, such as materials contributions, analytical challenges, case studies, and much more.

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Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ashli Speed, Conference Producer, Smithers
Paul Cummings, General Manager, Analytical Services, Materials Science and Engineering
Session I: Regulatory Standards for E&L
Session Description
This session will feature presentations exploring the ever-changing regulatory landscape in the USA.   Presentations in this session will address updates on regulations ISO standards etc.
Implementing 10993-18: Considerations in Establishing an AET for Chemical Characterization of Medical Devices
This talk will focus on the analytical evaluation threshold (AET), including its purpose and approaches to selecting it.   Of particular importance are the AET components of uncertainty factor (UF) and dose based threshold (DBT).   To this end, the 10993-18 approach to UF will be discussed, along with its limitations and views FDA reviewers have expressed.  Also presented will be the use of multiple orthogonal analytical methods/detectors as a means to potentially reduce the need for large values of UF.  Finally, issues related to setting the DBT will be explored—time permitting.
Attendees should come away from this session with some awareness of the current issues in establishing an AET for chemical characterization of medical devices, as well as a better understanding of possible approaches in this developing field

Ted Heise, PhD, RAC | VP Regulatory and Clinical Services, MED Institute
ISO 18562
Speaker To Be Confirmed
FDA – Overview and Update
Speaker Q&A Panel
Challenges and best practices
Networking Break
Session II: Overcoming Analytical Challenges
Importance of a High Performing Screening Method for Testing Stability Samples for Leachable Impurities
Leachable testing for finished pharmaceutical products are important part of the regulatory filing and it is under more scrutiny than ever before. Leachable testing for multiple finished drug products such biologics, large volume parenterals and polymer based finished products requires to work on a trace levels with high confident. Working with trace levels (typically 10 parts per billion or below), requires high level of analytical expertise and top of the line analytical instrumentation. Leachable testing ideally should be performed on a targeted list of analytes and a general non-targeted screening fashion, to avoid any unexpected leachables. For targeted screening analytical testing is more straightforward, and usually not an issue to detect the targets even at ppb sub-ppb level. However, for a general screening method this can be difficult, and many times requires special sample preparation combined with high resolution accurate mass detection. Case studies will be presented to show the importance of a high-performance and sensitive screening method, to detect unexpected leachables, and to support related quality investigations

Gyorgy Vas | Technical Scientific Liaison, Intertek
The use of Solid Phase MicroExtraction (SPME) in Extractables and Leachables Studies
Common approaches to extractables studies of medical devices or combination products or pharmaceutical closure systems is extraction with a range of solvents (polar, modified polar, and non-polar). Extraction times and temperatures vary but at the end of the extractions one is left with deciding how to analyze the extracts. One of the common analytical techniques is GC/MS for volatile to semi-volatile organics. Often, to reach the desired level of sensitivity, the extracting solvents need to be back extracted (liq/liq extraction) into a different organic solvent which is then volume reduced to concentrate the analytes. An alternative approach is to use Solid Phase MicroExtraction (SPME) and then desorb the SPME fiber via the GC injection port. This has the advantage of not diluting the analytes in a solvent and thus affords superior sensitivity. We have used SPME-GCMS for various projects including, but not limited to, Extractables and Leachables. This presentation will review the SPME techniques, their advantages and disadvantages, and offer some case studies relevant to both extractables and leachables studies.

Roger Pearson, PhD | President Analytical Services, Aspen Research Corporation
Top 10 Mistakes you might be making in E&L
ionization modes in LC-MS for typical extractables, the value of "exhaustive extraction", extraction time and temperature studies and further exploration of response factor databases in LC-MS.

Alan Hendricker | Manager - Chemical Sciences, Becton Dickinson
PANEL: Addressing The Unique Issues That Come With Mass Spec Libraries For LCMS Data.
  • Bryan Kratzenmeyer PhD, Senior Manager Materials Science, Americas Field Marketing, Waters Corporation
  • More panelists to come!
As there have been several developments around LCMS libraries over the past couple of years, the advisory board would like to offer the instrument vendors the opportunity to present your perspectives and status in this area.  How you are addressing the unique issues that come with mass spec libraries for LCMS data? How to search, how reproducible is the data, is it reproducible at all across platforms, interaction with other databases such as NIST and Chemspider, etc.
Networking Lunch
Session III: Understanding Materials Contributions to Leachable profiles
Understanding Extractables Profile from Polymerization Chemistry
Why the extractables profiles of low density polyethylene (LDPE) component and high density polyethylene (HDPE) component are so much different although both LDPE and HDPE are polyethylene? Why the extractables profile of polypropylene component are so much more complicate than polyethylene component although both are simple polyolefin material? This presentation explores the extractables profile of some common polymer materials and explains the extractables profiles from the polymerization chemistry.
Xiaochun Yu | Senior Principal Scientist , PPD
Nitrosamines: Current Regulatory and Testing Status
A review of the current regulatory expectations of heath authorities will be reviewed. The disconnects within various guidelines will be discussed. Different testing method from heath authorities and in public literature will be presented. Testing strategies based on risk management will be discussed along with the current status of E&L testing for nitrosamines

Atish Sen, PhD | Staff Scientist Analytical Sciences Inhalation Product Development, AstraZeneca
Single Use Products
Speaker to be confirmed 
Panel: Innovation in single use technologies for rapid and reconfigurable and digital manufacturing. Panelist to be confirmed
Panelists to be Confirmed
Networking Break
Session IV: The Role of Chemical Characterization in Establishing the Biocompatibility of Medical Devices
Session Description
The process by which the biocompatibility of medical devices is evaluated is undergoing an exciting change; transitioning from an approach that largely relied on animal testing to a method that is increasingly based on the safety assessment of extractable and leachable (E&L) compounds released from the device.  The two cornerstones of this approach are the ISO 10993-18 standard on chemical characterization and the ISO 10993-17 standard on the toxicological risk assessment of medical device constituents.  These standards are currently undergoing revision and this session will provide the latest updates on the new concepts that are being considered for incorporation into the revised standards. 
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Panel Discussion: Practical Implications of Chemical Characterization of Medical Devices
Panelist to be confirmed
Evening Reception
Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration Open and Hot Breakfast
Opening Remarks from chair
Session V: Case Studies
Session Description
This session is focused on the real-world application of extractable and leachable principles and guidelines – putting the theory into practice. It focuses on the different approaches taken by companies to understand the risk to patients. 
Leachables method validation and the methods will be used during routine stability testing of E-Liquid
Extractables and Leachables in Biologics – Lessons Learned from the past 10 years
This presentation will focus on the most prominent lessons learned in relation to the assessment of extractables / leachables in biological drug products in the past 10 years, including the importance to identify clearance steps, to design extraction protocols that are well-adjusted to the actual application, and to mind scaling factors during extrapolation of extractables in the drug product, for instance. Special focus will be put on extractables and therefore, potential leachables derived from chromatography resins and leachables in solvents that are used for lyophilized drug products. Despite best efforts, an E&L assessment for biologics may still contain uncertainty. Therefore, it is important to understand the uncertainty factors that are inherent to materials, extractable testing and toxicological threshold values and to balance any remaining risk with expert judgment, data from clinical studies and pharmacovigilance and ultimately, the benefit from the treatment with the biological drug product.

Alicja Sobańtka, PhD | Corporate Operational Excellence and Support, Octapharma
Comparative Study of the Efficiency of Binary Solvent Mixtures vs Blood to Simulate the Use Condition for Medical Devices.
A significant difference in the leachables analysis of medical devices as compared to pharmaceutical packaging is the ability to utilize the actual use condition (drug product) for the analysis of pharmaceutical packaging. The use condition for many medical devices (biological environment) is difficult to simulate and therefore it has been common practice to use binary solvent mixtures (alcohol/water) to simulate the leachables condition. Recently, a number of potential concerns have been raised about the use of binary solvent mixtures such as preferential absorption of the more hydrophobic component of the solvent by the medical device. In this talk, we will review the issues related to the use of binary solvents as well as relay results showing a comparison of the extraction power of blood contrasted with saline and water/alcohol mixtures for a series of analytes relevant to blood contacting medical devices. In addition, a brief update will also be provided on the latest work on mitigating the need for uncertainty factors through a multidetector strategy as recently publications in a work entitled “An Analytical Strategy Based on Multiple Complementary and Orthogonal Chromatographic and Detection Methods (Multidetector Approach) to Effectively Manage the Analytical Evaluation Threshold (AET)
Kevin Rowland | Lab Manager, Jordi Labs
Networking Break
Session VI: E&L and COVID Lessons Learned
Ultra Rapid Pharmaceutical Development Manufacturing and Deployment for unanticipated and unmet medical needs
  • Navigating challenges with greatly accelerated development, manufacturing, and deployment of biologics for urgent medical needs
  • Increased emphasis and reliance on SUT
  • Rapid, digital, reconfigurable manufacturing for small/medium locally concentrated patient therapeutic needs
  • Working with DOE etc.  multi-disciplinary relationships

Douglas Kiehl | Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company
Panel Discussion: COVID Lessons Learned


  • Diane Paskiet, Sr. Director Scientific Affairs, West Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • More Panelists coming soon!
Networking Lunch
Session VII ISO 10993
Presentation to be confirmed
Analytical Considerations in Extractable and Leachable Studies of Medical Devices per ISO 10993-18:2020
Chemical characterization (Extractable and Leachable Studies) per ISO 10993 has become an important component of biocompatibility testing for medical devices. A major revision of ISO 10993-18 “Chemical characterization of medical device materials within a risk management process” was recently published in the beginning of 2020. This presentation will focus on the analytical considerations of medical device extractable and leachable (E&L) studies per the new ISO 10993-18 chapter. Topics to be covered will include: 1. Understand the analytical testing requirements per the new ISO 10993-18. 2. How to design an extractable study of medical devices in terms of solvent selection, extraction conditions, setting the suitable analytical evaluation threshold (AET), etc. 3. Analytical case studies per common regulatory deficiency points on medical device E&L studies, including requirements on reference standards during semi-quantitation, spiked recovery, LC-MS ionization modes, analytical uncertainty factor, compound identification status, etc.

Dr. Dujuan Lu | Technical Client Manager/Global Lead - Life Science, SGS
Factors to consider for extractable and leachable testing for medicinal products and medical devices
It has now been over a year since the revised ISO10993-18 guidance came out. This presentation covers the similarities and more significantly the differences between medicinal products and medical devices for chemical characterisation /extractable leachable testing. Key areas will be around limits and the design of extractable studies.
Dr. Andrew Feilden | European E&L Strategic Director, Hall Analytical
Session VIII: Future Direction of E&L
Speaker to be confirmed
Panel: Future Direction of E&L
Adapting and Thriving in the Face of Change: Navigating     the Challenges of an Evolving Landscape and Preparing for the Future of E&L
Chair: Paul Cummings
Conference Adjurn