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JPAG plans and delivers events that address all aspects of pharmaceutical analysis and related facets of medicine control & registration.

Thursday 13th May 2021
Biological potency

Biological activity is a critical quality attribute for biological products. As this class of therapeutics expands and becomes more complex, with the growth of antibody-drug conjugates and cell and gene therapies for example, there are increasing challenges in developing scientifically relevant biological potency assays suitable for each stage of the product life cycle and, in particular, assays that are sufficiently robust for use in the GMP QC environment supporting clinical and commercial manufacturing.

This meeting will consider approaches to overcoming those challenges, including strategies for transitioning assays from R&D into the QC environment, application of new technologies to improve robustness of assays and methods for measuring the potency of cell therapies.

Dr Emma Bowen - Covance
Dr Monica Gunetti -
Dr Vijay Jethwa - Biologics Consulting
Dr Christiane Niederlaender - Parexel
Dr Ann Yellowlees - Quantics Biostatistics


Thursday 1st July 2021
Aseptic manufacturing
Virtual meeting (1-4pm UK BST)
Steriles manufacturing remains one of the most challenging areas of the pharmaceutical industry from both a compliance and a technical perspective. The regulatory expectations continue to evolve, however slowly and new technology has the potential to massively change ways of working.

This meeting is a must for all those in senior roles, QPs and anyone who has an eye on the future in the sector.


Wednesday 17th November 2021
The pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium 2021
Royal Society of Chemistry, London
JPAG presents the pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate students and early career stage scientists, including those in industry. This will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work and network with peers, academics and industrial scientists through oral and poster presentations. There will be a £1,000 first prize and £250 second prize for the best oral presentations as well as £200 first prize and two runner-up prizes of £100 for the best posters. Registration is free for all students, early career stage scientists and their supervisors/managers, but we highly encourage students and early career stage scientists delegates to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation to this exciting annual JPAG event.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday 31st August 2021

Keynote speaker: Prof David Cowan OBE FKC FRPharmS FRSB, King's College London

In addition, there will be a Networking and Careers Fair with the opportunity to meet with big industry pharma and other key contacts and take advantage of the great networking opportunities. This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Perhaps your future employer will be here.

NOTE: If the current Covid-19 situation continues and government guidance is to not allow in-person events, then we will run this as a virtual event instead, and the details shown on this website will be updated to reflect this.



Thursday 25th March 2021
Stability V: Challenges of in-use stability demonstration

Continuing our successful series of stability meetings, this event is essential for anyone concerned with the management and assessment of drug stability in-use. We have a group of expert speakers on in-use stability topics from the regulator, the industry and the NHS end user to give a background of their in-use stability perspectives and provide examples of practical issues they have had to face in their every day work. This is followed up by the speakers forming a panel for a workshop style question discussion.


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Biological potency
Thursday 13th May 2021

Aseptic manufacturing
Thursday 1st July 2021

The pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium 2021
Tuesday 23rd November 2021

In line with the government advice on social distancing, JPAG has had to take a decision about its future programme of events. Therefore for the forseeable future no symposia will take place as conventional meetings.

JPAG has been working hard to offer its symposia as on-line events, and following a series of very successful virtual symposia events in 2020, we look forward to bringing you more great impactful virtual and in-person symposia events this year.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events soon.

Very enjoyable and thought-provoking day; going away with plenty of notes and specific items for discussion.

Excellent meeting, challenging and thought provoking. The organisation was excellent, thanks to all the efforts that JPAG team have made.

I have not attended a bad JPAG meeting yet. They are really good value for money and I really love to get the presentations as PDFs

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Wednesday 1st July 2020

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Monday 20th April 2020

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