Archived: VIRTUAL Conference | The Scale-Up of Chemical Processes

Industrial Case Studies

Date: 19 October - 21 October 2020

Time: 2.00pm (UK - BST); 3.00pm (Central Europe); 9.00 am (ET); 6.00 am (PT) each day

Location: Online Platform

Whether you are chemist, chemical engineer, QA or safety specialist, your aims when scaling up your process are often the same:

Achieving greater process efficiency, yield and throughput.
Eliminating unsafe and non-green processes and materials.
Decreasing the costs and number of steps involved.

Since the first conference in 1994, The Scale-Up of Chemical Processes has become the major international forum for the discussion of all these aspects of scale-up and more in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical and allied fields.

Speakers are currently being invited to present  industrial case studies and examples of some of the pitfalls and problems they encountered and how they overcame them. Our virtual program will be held over three consecutive days with the first two days hosting the main conference with 4 speakers on each day and the 3rd day for Hosted Discussion Groups to enable smaller networking sessions. After you have registered you will be provided with a personal link to join all 4 conference sessions. The Hosted Discussion Group information will be sent to you nearer the time.

Our virtual conference program will be held over two consecutive days with 2 sessions and 4 speakers on each day. After you have registered you will be provided with a personal link to join all 4 conference sessions.

Via the ‘GotoWebinar’ Platform, there will be the chance to listen to the talks, view the speakers slides and ask questions after each session. The Virtual conference will be held during the following times (based on UK timing) as we hope this will allow most people to join from around the world.  This event will NOT BE RECORDED – we apologise to customers in Asia who might be unable to join.

Monday October 19th 2020 |  2.00 – 5.40 pm (UK)
Tuesday October 20th 2020 | 2.00 – 5.40 pm (UK)

There will be a VIRTUAL Exhibition too so you will be able to have access to suppliers of  equipment, technology and services. Via Zoom, you will also have the opportunity to meet and network with some of our sponsors, who will be hosting specific topics in Hosted Discussion Groups – details are shown on our program (use link below). This will take place as follows:

Wednesday October 21st 2020 |  2.00 – 3.00 pm (UK)

Please contact us if you are interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring this event:  [email protected]

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  • Process Development & Production Chemists
  • Chemical Engineers in Industry
  • Technical Managers
  • Quality Assurance Personnel
  • Safety Specialists 
  • Heads of Departments & Team Leaders


  • Benefit by hearing from key speakers who will present detailed case studies.
  • Learn from a wide range of academic and industrial case studies given by our hand-picked industrial speakers.
  • Access how industry strategies are evolving to meet today’s challenges.
  • Learn how your peers are developing solutions to common problems.
  • Gather important information on technical developments and equipment.
  • Bring yourself up-to-date on current developments and future trends in pharmaceutical development.
  • Meet and network with the key people working in the pharmaceutical industries – during our discussion sessions.
  • Save time by picking up essential tips from experts in their fields.

Hosted Discussion Sessions

SESSION  1 |  2.00 – 2.45 pm (BST)  Choose one from the following:

  • Room 1 |  Mettler Toledo

Data-rich Experimentation to Accelerate Development Time

Chemical process development and scale-up from the lab to a commercial scale presents challenges including engineering, safety, and economics. Join us for a panel discussion and hear about real-life scale-up challenges from 3  industry experts, Ron Carasquillo, BMS, Keith Mattern, Merck, and Dave Place, Pfizer. Learn how the their application of PAT for data-rich experimentation (DRE) improved process understanding, facilitating optimization and scale-up to commercial scale.

  • Room 2 | Scale Up Systems

Mixing workshop: From lab to plant, scale-up tips and methodologies

Mixing can affect all processes which have competing rate processes, like parallel consecutive reactions or crystallizations.  In this session our experts will discuss how to understand the importance of mixing on scale-up performance for your key processes responses.  We will share a protocol to efficiently identify mixing issues that can affect process responses on scale, with some examples of how this has been used in pharmaceutical and fine chemical companies.

We will then show how typical mixing criteria can be efficiently predicted using simulation tools and how those scale-dependent parameters can be layered on top of scale-independent reaction to kinetics to predict critical quality attributes such as yield and selectivity for right-first-time scale-up.

  • Room 3 | Concept Life Sciences

Candidate nomination: What’s next? Managing risk and return on investment in early development.

Our experts will begin with a short presentation on a real life case study for a first GMP campaign, followed by a panel discussion on key questions around strategies in early development to maximise return on investment and minimise risk.  The discussion will touch on the topics and challenges below:

  1. The data gathered in discovery must be verified and solidified in early development. Quality data allows confidence to fail fast or proceed and invest with confidence. Which areas do you focus on first to ensure your firm foundation?
  2. A candidate molecule (usually!) comes with a synthetic route. If it is possible to deliver sufficient material for your next set of development work, what factors would you consider before investing in route design?
  3. The “developability” of a compound is often influenced by the solid form and ultimately the formulation selected. How can we set ourselves up for success in early development? What are the key challenges we will have to overcome in solid form selection, salt form selection and pre-formulation activities? What can guide us where to start?

SESSION  2  |  3.00 – 3.45 pm (BST)  Choose one from the following:

Room 4 |  Phosphonics

Optimising scavenging processes for more sustainable and cost effective chemical processes

Catalysis is ubiquitous in the chemical industry and is a key pillar of green chemistry. We will discuss with the attendees their use of catalysis, showing how scavenging can be a more cost effective solution than most people imagine. We will share our approach to optimising cost effective scavenging processes and share case studies on the removal of metal impurities to meet the ICH guidelines as well as the recovery of value from waste streams for more cost effective and sustainable catalytic processes. 

Room 5 | Kaneka

Enabling Manufacturing with Enzymes and Flow Chemistry – Robust Route Development for Successful Scale-Up

With 50 years experience in researching, engineering, and scaling up commercial scale biosynthesis, this discussion group will focus on typical issues and questions associated with exploring biocatalysis as a tool for small molecule synthesis.  This includes screening approaches, barrier to entry, scale capabilities, and using ‘off the shelf’ vs a custom enzyme approach.

We will also cover the research and scale-up of continuous manufacturing methods, including the ability to scale enzymatic processes into a continuous process through immobilization.

Real lab and commercial scale case studies will be provided as a means for discussion.

Room 6  |  Mettler Toledo

Interfacing PAT with Reactors, and Integration and Management of Data

With all the challenges chemical process development and scale-up from the lab to a commercial scale presents, we are often asked very practical questions – “How complicated is it to interface a PAT probe with a reactor?”, or “How does one manage and use the dense data that is collected?”. Join us for a live discussion to review frequently asked questions about taking the next steps in implementing PAT and data management strategies for scale-up studies and processes.



Thank you to our Conference Sponsors, for more information on our sponsors please visit our Virtual Exhibition 

5* Sponsors

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We now only have 3* sponsorship opportunities available for this conference.

Please contact Dr Claire Francis for more information



Oril Industrie

Thank you very much for this well-organized conference.

Japan Tobacco Inc

Excellent conference, good staff, good venue. I’m very satisfied.


The place to be! A great way to talk about challenges and advances in process scale-up.


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