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By Walter t. Marlowe

Walt MarloweOn behalf of the entire AAPS community, welcome to the 2015 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference (NBC) and beautiful San Francisco, the City by the Bay! Thank you for joining me at this year’s premier biopharmaceutical technology conference.

NBC gathers scientists from industry, government, and academia for three days of educational offerings specifically geared toward the biotechnology sector of the pharmaceutical sciences. This year, attendees are able to attend one conference organized into five meeting themes:

  • Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) including Formulation, Characterization, Stability, and Biomanufacturing;
  • Research and Discovery;
  • Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic (PK/PD), and Bioanalytics;
  • Regulatory; and
  • Biomarkers and Imaging.

The integrated program examines both science and application from multiple perspectives including discovery, development, engineering, and regulatory aspects.

The 2015 NBC programming consists of a plenary session, 20 symposia, nine roundtables, contributed paper poster presentations, four hot topics, and a special late-breaking session on big data. This session, recently highlighted on the AAPS Blog, highlights novel ways to utilize, archive, amass, distribute, and handle data that has become a critical factor in biotechnology in pharma.

Additionally, an exposition hall hosts over 115 major companies featuring new technologies. There are also job boards available highlighting new, biotechnology career opportunities, as well as the popular BioTalk and Mentoring Breakfast sessions.

Monday’s plenary session, which is designed to stimulate discussions for the entire week, features:

  • Stefan Klein, Ph.D., a physicist, analytical philosopher, and bestselling author who will talk about the science of happiness—how positive emotions evolve in the brain and can be turned into good feelings.
  • Atul Butte, Ph.D., director at the Institute for Computational Health Sciences, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, who will cover the important topic of translating a trillion points of data into therapies, diagnostics, and new insights into disease.

In addition to the outstanding professional development available at the conference, I encourage you to take advantage of this vibrant city, which boasts such unique sites as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Ghiradelli Square, or a day trip to Napa Valley’s many vineyards. Maybe even take one of the famous cable cars to your destination!

Follow the AAPS Blog for updates about all of the exciting research and events surrounding the 2015 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference, and follow our Facebook and Twitter (@AAPSComms) accounts for live posts, pictures, and more, with the hashtag #2015NBC!

Enjoy your time at the meeting and in San Francisco. I look forward to seeing you all here!

Walter T. Marlowe, M.B.A., C.A.E, is the AAPS executive director.