2024 PDA Next Generation Sequencing Workshop

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Join this one-day interactive workshop after the 2024 PDA Virus Conference, and join the discussion with industry experts on challenges and solutions all around NGS!

Dear Colleague,

We would like to invite you to the 2024 PDA Next Generation Sequencing Workshop to take place on 28 June 2024 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands directly after the 2024 PDA Virus Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Workshop Leader

Simone Olgiati, Merck KGaA 


  • Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA 
  • Andy Bailey, ViruSure
  • Johannes Bluemel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
  • Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA
  • Sean O'Donnell, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Simone Olgiati, Merck KGaA 
  • Sebastian Teitz, Biopharma Excellence 
  • Falk Klar, PDA Europe
  • Stefanie Nebelin, Senior Manager Programs & Events, PDA Europe

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See Qualifying Criteria for Member Types.


WAYS TO REGISTER: 1. Online Registration   2. registration-europe@pda.org

PDA MEMBERS: Please remember to log in before registering If you come from a Governmental or Health Authority Institution or from an Academic Organization, please contact registration-europe@pda.org before registering.

If you need to apply for a visa to enter the event country, PDA Europe must be informed of this fact at least 4 weeks before the start of the event.

Day 1

Friday, 28 June 2024

09:00 Welcome and Introduction

Falk Klar, PDA
Simone Olgiati, Merck

Topic 1: Implementation of Next Generation Sequencing in a Regulated Environment

Andy Bailey, ViruSure

Controls and Reference Standards for Next Generation Sequencing
Siemon Ng, Notch TX, remote presentation

Pharmacopoeia Chapter 2.6.41 on High Throughput Sequencing
Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

EFPIA’s Perspective on Validation of Next Generation Sequencing for Virus Safety Testing
Elodie Charbaut Taland, Merck on behalf of the EFPIA representing working group

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Cont. Topic 1: Implementation of Next Generation Sequencing in a Regulated Environment
Update on FDA perspective on NGS for Virus Detection
Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA
Round Table Discussion
Hot Topics and Open Questions
Andy Bailey, ViruSure
Simone Olgiati, Merck


12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

Topic 2: Emerging Next Generation Sequencing Approaches and Positive Results Evaluation

Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

The Robustness of NGS Analysis Pipelines for Virus Detection in Biologics
Izabela Fabianska, IDT Biologika

Following Up on Positive NGS Results: Use of Molecular Methods to Assess the Replicative Potential of Suspected Viral Contaminants in Cell Banks
Melissa Alzona, Merck

Title to be Advised
Invited Speaker

Round Table Discussion

Hot Topics and Open Questions
Johannes Blümel, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
Arifa Khan, U.S. FDA

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

Topic 3: Long-Read Sequencing for Adventitious Virus Detection

Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA

ICH Q5A R2: Implementation of the Oxford Nanopore Long-Read Technology for Adventitious Agent Testing in a GMP Environment
Hans-Peter Fasching, ViruSure

Improving Sequencing for Virus Detection Based on Lessons Learned from the Updated CAACB Virus Contamination Study
Charles A. Swofford, MIT

Round Table Discussion

Hot Topics and Open Questions
Alison Armstrong, Merck KGaA
Sebastian Teitz, Consultancy

Summary of the Workshop and Take-Home Messages

Simone Olgiati, Merck

Falk Klar, PDA

17:00 End of Workshop

The agenda is subject to change without notice, Speakers are invited, pending confirmation

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PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
Stadhouderskade 12
1054 ES Amsterdam 
The Netherlands

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms by 11 April 2024.

Book your room at the PDA Group Rate via the above-mentioned reservation button.

Experience a well-deserved escape at our hotel in Netherlands, Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is surrounded by stunning canals and exquisite architecture boasting an unparalleled city centre location across from the Leidseplein, just moments from Amsterdam's iconic attractions. Walk to the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark as well as upscale shopping, fine dining and entertainment destinations.

How to Get Here
By Air

The hotel is only 13,4 km away from the airport. Public transportation or taxis will bring you to it. It takes around 20 minutes by car and 35 minutes by train.

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