2019 KGI with IPS & INTERPHEX Bioprocessing Conference: "Bioprocessing for Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Products", & KGI Annual Amgen Bioprocessing Center Advisory Board Meeting - Keck Graduate Institute November 7, 2019, 2:30 pm Skip to main content
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KGI, along with IPS & INTERPHEX, invite you to join our students, faculty, and distinguished guest speakers for the Bioprocessing Conference: “Bioprocessing for Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Products”.

This annual event will be chaired by the 2019 Amgen Bioprocessing Center Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Vic Vinci, Vice President, Product Development, Catalent Biologics. Along with KGI’s Master’s & PhD students showcasing their industry sponsored projects and research, several distinguished speakers will present on topics related to bioprocessing and engineering processes in the area of cell gene therapy.




Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Keck Graduate Institute (535 Watson Drive, Claremont, CA 91711)

  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Amgen Bioprocessing Center Advisory Board Meeting (closed to invited Advisory Board members only)
  • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Networking Reception and Product Showcase sponsored by Pall Corporation

Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Doubletree Hilton Claremont (555 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711)                 

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.: Check-in, continental breakfast, and poster session (Sycamore/Maple Ballroom)

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
    • Dr. Vic Vinci, Vice President, Product Development, Catalent Biologics ~  ABCAB CHAIR 2019 – 2020
    • Dr. Steve Casper, Dean of the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences, KGDr.
    • Sue Behrens, Director of Amgen Bioprocessing Center, KGI
  • 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Group photos (courtyard area)

  • 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Morning Session Presentations
    • INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Presentation – “CAR-T Cell Therapy Development and Manufacturing”  Mary Mallaney, Associate Director, CMC Team Leader, Juno Therapeutics, A Celgene Company
    • Christine Urrea, PhD Candidate, KGI
    • Kevin Vehar, PhD Candidate, KGI
    • INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Presentation – Joe Newell, Executive V.P., Chief Technical Operations Officer, Atara BioTherapeutics, Inc.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and poster session (courtyard area and ballroom)

  •  1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Afternoon Session Presentations
    • Summer Internship Insights – David Kent, MEng 2020
    • KGI Team Master Project Presentation – Coherus BioSciences – 2018-2019 Excellence in Collaboration Presentation
    • Corinna Doris, PhD Candidate, KGI
    • INDUSTRY INSIGHTS Presentation –  “Bridging Between the University and Industry: Development of a Novel CAR-T”  Rajesh Krishnan, Sr. V.P., Process Development & Manufacturing, Oncternal Therapeutics
  • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Industry-To-Student Break Out Session

  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: ABCAB Board Discussion and Recommendations (Closed Door Meeting)

  • 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.: Dinner Event – BBQ Dinner & Beer Garden – KGI Alumni Patio & Cafe

Traveling from out of town? 

KGI has set up a discounted room block with the Doubletree Hilton Claremont. This discounted room rate of $139.00 per night is available for the dates of Nov. 7-10.  This discounted rate is available for purchase through Oct. 25, 2019. After this date, the reservations will be available at market rate availability at that time. You may make your lodging reservations here.  

Airports closest to Keck Graduate Institute:

  • Ontario International Airport (ONT) is about 15 minutes from KGI. This is the recommended airport to fly into.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is roughly 45 miles from KGI, but timing is generally 90 minutes – 2 hours to get to KGI/Claremont on a typical day.
  • John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, CA is 40 – 45 miles to KGI and generally 1 – 1.5 hour drive time to KGI/Claremont.




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