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PHARM Connect Congress

PHARM Connect Congress is the largest and most important pharmaceutical and biotechnology business summit in the Central Eastern European and the CIS region, taking place annually in spring, in Budapest, Hungary.

Since the event’s launch in 2011, the number of participants has reached more than 500 from over 20 countries in the region and beyond. Over the two days of the congress leading service providers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector – covering a wide range of profiles from API’s and contract manufacturing to processing, biopharma solutions, biopharmaceuticals and biologicals, drug delivery systems, clean rooms, laboratory equipment, monitoring & inspection systems, quality control, packaging and labelling, automation, plant engineering and maintenance, logistics, cold chain storage and distribution, warehousing and many others – have the opportunity to meet the key decision makers of their targeted companies.



Strictly operating on an invitation only basis guarantees that the highest level of delegation is present. Each solution provider at PHARM Connect is selected based on requirements and interests provided by attending pharmaceutical professionals prior to the event.


Most up-to-date market insights

In order to ensure the quality of the conference programme, we work closely together with leading local and regional associations, European and global media partners and our Programme Advisory Committee, whose members are well-known pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry experts of leading international companies. The conference programme offers the most up-to-date market insights into research and development, production, engineering, supply chain and quality management related topics.


Pre-scheduled business meetings

Over the two days, service providers will have the opportunity to meet with leading directors and industry experts through a series of pre-arranged one-to-one business meetings and several informal networking activities, maximising business efficiency, presenting a unique opportunity to develop meaningful and valuable business relationships.

The event also offers an exclusive opportunity to take part in specially organised plant visits to major pharmaceutical manufacturing centres in the region, all arranged prior to the event via our Meeting Scheduler.


Luxurious venue

The best business is always achieved in the most excellent environment; this is why we organise the event in the luxurious Corinthia Hotel in central Budapest.




PHARM Connect 2017 - THE 3rd CEE PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING EXCELLENT AWARDS WERE HANDED OUT More than 400 decision makers and professionals attended PHARM Connect this year from over 25 countries with the same purpose: sharing their experiences, building new partnerships, finding the best solutions for their company and preparing for the challenges of the new regulations.

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PHARM Connect 2017 - Drug safety and the EU’s falsified medicine directive in the spotlight

PHARM Connect 2017 - Drug safety and the EU’s falsified medicine directive in the spotlight Central and Eastern Europe’s leading networking event for service providers and decision makers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry: the PHARM Connect Congress took place once again on the 22nd and 23rd of February. From the perspective of pharmaceutical corporations, establishing strong and efficient business relations, gaining industry specific knowledge and ensuring a stable professional growth are all essential. This is especially true when one considers the unique and uncommon challenges that the industry is constantly facing: for instance the European Union’s freshly introduced regulations.

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Blulog and Meditop received the 3rd CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award in 2017


TEG with the support of the Hungarian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (MAGYOSZ) handed out the 3rd Central Eastern European Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award in 2017 to honour, recognise and promote outstanding manufacturing excellence solutions in the rapidly growing region of CEE. The award was handed out at the award ceremony at the PHARM Connect Congress 2017 in Budapest.


The 3rd Central Eastern European Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award ceremony together with the cocktail reception was opened by Dr. Lajos Hegedüs former Managing Director of Teva Pharmaceuticals Hungary who announced the winner and handed out the award to the French-Polish company Blulog in the service provider category and to the Hungarian company Meditop in the manufacturer category, emphasising that these tried methods will encourage professionals to constantly raise standards and come up with outstanding manufacturing excellence solutions, to further contribute to the development of the CEE region.

Applications were evaluated by an independent jury, by their level of innovation, service, cost-effectiveness and quality. The projects had to be accomplished in any of the countries in the CEE region in one of the two categories: manufacturers firstly and service providers with a customer related project secondly.


Left-right: Dr. Lajos Hegedűs, former General Manager TEVA, Jérémy Laurens, Marketing and Sales Director of Blulog, Zbigniew Bigaj, CEO of Blulog, Professor Stane Srčič, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Ljubljana, Dr. János Bajdik, Head of Pharmaceutical Laboratory at Meditop, Dr. Zoltán Ács, CEO of Meditop


Apply for the 4th CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award!

If you think your solution is cutting-edge and should be recognised by the industry, apply now for the 4th CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award and put your business in the spotlight!


Application closes: 31st of January 2018. You may send us your application by e-mail.

For full details of the CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award, please click here.


For further information on the application process, please contact:  

Katy Säurich  Operations & Production Manager at TEG

Email: | Tel: + 36 1 219-5725


PHARM Connect Congress 2018 will bring you an overview of the Central Eastern European market and the main trends and impacts on the pharmaceutical manufacturing & biotechnology world.

For speaking opportunities please contact

Katy Säurich, Operations & Production Manager at TEG

Email: | Tel: + 36 1 219-57-25


Biotech and R&D:

Dr. András Ballagi

Chief Technology Officer, Diagon


Prof. Dr. Romána Zelkó

Dean Faculty of Pharmacy, Semmelweis University


Prof. Dr. Stane Srčič

Head of Pharmaceutical Technology Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ildikó Csóka

Director of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Regulatory Affairs

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged



Opening Keynote Presentation:

Biosimilars: Opportunities and Challenges for Pharmaceutical Industry. Pegfilgrastim Case Study

• Biologics, biosimilars, generics – facts and definitions

• Biosimilar market trends

• Pegfilgrastim case study: focus on clinical development and Phase III study considerations

Anna Aillerie, Head of Commercial Operations, Biotechnology Business Unit, Gedeon Richter

András Illés, Deputy Head of Clinical Development of Biologics, Gedeon Richter


Enabling smooth product life cycling – process characterization on sound data science and QbD tools  

Process characterization is a central tool in process validation from step 1 to 3 in the product life cycle. We need:

• Advanced statistics to be deployed to define NORS and PARs

• Models for experimental design, scale down models qualification and real-time predictive control


Univ. Prof. Dr. Christoph Herwig, Head of Research Division Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Environmental and Biological Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

Case Study Presentation:

Making it fit: The challenges of transferring new products into a running facility

• Key considerations of balancing project speed with manufacturing continuity

• An overview of the main risks of infrastructure modifications around (and inside) a running GMP unit

• Our key lessons learned and how we are executing further transfers effectively

• Interesting challenge - Transferring similar technologies


Judit Sallai, Technology Transfer Project Leader, GSK Biologicals Kft.

Christopher Hunley,Site Head and Managing Director, GSK Biologicals Kft. 

Case Study Presentation:

Implementing Single-use Continuous Bioprocessing: A case study on large-scale continuous mAb purification

• Process intensification through continuous bioprocessing

• Case study on large-scale continuous mAb purification

• Regulatory aspects of continuous bioprocessing


Britta Badertscher, MSc, Technical Specialist SLS, Pall International SARL


Three Dimensional Printing (3DP) technology in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

• Technology description

• 3DP techniques & examples

• Spritam – first 3D printed drug product

• Advantages and challenges


Marek Cichocki, Head of Operational R&D, Polpharma

Case Study Presentation:

Quality by Design (QbD) Approach in Formulation Development

• FDA’s Initiative on Quality by Design (QbD)

• Introduction of QbD and its role in improvement of Quality

• The current Vs QbD approach of formulation development

• Five-step QbD methodology, key aspects and tools of QbD and Formulation by Design (FbD)


Dr. Devendra Ridhurkar, Senior Scientist (Special Formulations), Egis Pharmaceuticals

Case Study Presentation:

Orally Disintegrating Tablets and Films:

A Modern Innovative Drug Delivery System


Prof. Vladimír Král, Group Leader & Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague & Medical School Charles University, BIOCEV Institute

Case Study Presentation:

Optimization of lyophilization process for the parenteral product

• Using PAT tools at the production scale

• Production scale up of the parenteral product

• Development of new lyo cycle in order to reduce total production cost (TPC) and increase production capacity


Dr. Aljoša Maglica, Product Steward Senior, Lek Pharmaceuticals d.d. / Novartis

Case Study Presentation:

Continuous manufacturing into the context of product development

• Critical factors to be considered and assessed upfront

• Early vs. late phase, in continuous product development

• Building the team and the technical confidence


Massimo Bresciani, Executive Director Scientific Operations & Board Member

Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering (RCPE)

Case Study Presentation:

Xellia Central Laboratory Services case study

• Xellia history, present and future in a nutshell

• Central Laboratory Services concept and what is behind

• How to select, attract and integrate new colleagues considering the current challenging labor market


Eva Farkas, Quality Director, Head of Centralized Laboratory Services, Xellia

Case Study Presentation:

How to manage process deviations and showcase your data

A Laboratory case study

• Increase employees awareness around the concept „total cost of deviations“, as human errors are very often the main culprit

• Reduce process deviations from a daily to a monthly event, so that you can invest your time working on effective preventive actions rather than fire-fighting

• Present your data in the right way after all the hard work done: how to use the concepts of “Defect-free“ & 6-Sigma analysis


Eugenio Filippi, Associate Director Plasma Logistics & Analytics Europe, Shire


 How to handle impurities in general?

 • The improving analytical methods are able to show even the trace of impurities

 • Where is the limit of the increasing purity requirements?

 • How to satisfy regulatory requirements?

 • New guidelines for Elemental Impurities - Implementation best practice examples

Dr. Devendra Ridhurkar

Senior Scientist (special formulations), Egis Pharmaceuticals

Lenka Francišković

Head of Processes and Products Quality, Belupo Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Katalin Ganzler

Head of the Analytical Division, Formulation R&D delivery, Gedeon Richter  





The CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award has been established to honour, recognise and promote outstanding manufacturing excellence solutions in the rapidly growing region of CEE. Manufacturers as well as solution providers were welcome to apply with their most innovative projects and methods implemented in the region. The winners have the opportunity to present their projects at PHARM Connect 2018.

Applications should be submitted by the 31st of January 2018 and will be assessed by our highly renowned jury.

For further information please click here.


PRE-EVENT PROGRAMME | 12th March 2018

Site visit to Meditop Pharmaceutical - The Winner of the 3rd CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award in 2017


Participants of PHARM Connect 2018 can learn more about the award winning innovation and visit the Meditop Pharmaceutical plant near Budapest. It is limited for 30 delegates only and available on a complimentary, first-come, first-served basis at 15:00 on 12th March.

Meditop Pharmaceutical Ltd. as a middle size company develops and manufactures its own products and offers services as a Contract Manufacturing Organisation to produce solid dosage forms in flexible manner and to provide support in development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products suffering with special sensitivity.

Meditop Pharmaceutical developed an innovative approach to improve film coating efficiency with developing and applying of a continuous film coater for which they received the 3rd CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award in 2017. With the innovation they:

• Successfully developed a method to coat soft tablets with high quality,

• Managed to coat heat sensitive actives without degradation,

• Saved considerable time and energy, and

• Obtained flexible and fast change-over and batch size change. 


TRANSFER: The bus will leave in front of the CORINTHIA Hotel at 14:00 on 12th March and will return after the visit at approximately 18:00.

POST-EVENT PROGRAMME | 14th March 2018

Site visit to the Research Centre for Natural Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA TTK)


The congress provides the opportunity to visit the Research Centre for Natural Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA TTK) in Budapest; this is limited for 60 delegates only and available on a complimentary, first-come, first-served basis at 17:00 on 14th March. The MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences carries out multidisciplinary research in natural sciences. 

Priorities are given to the following disciplines:

• Materials- and environmental chemistry

• Cognitive neuroscience and psychology

The visit will start with a short, introductory presentation about the MTA TTK. Afterwards, the delegates will have the opportunity to choose a tour to the two research institutes:

Materials- and environmental chemistry

Research of discovery and experimental development in some key areas of materials- and environmental science, with special emphasis on chemical aspects thereof. Exploratory research in the field of nanoscale functional materials and application of the results in integrated nano/micro systems.

Cognitive neuroscience and psychology

Research of discovery and applications in experimental psychology, human-, developmental and comparative psychophysiology, social development psychology, social psychology and cultural psychology.


TRANSFER: The bus will leave in front of the CORINTHIA Hotel at 16:00 on 14th March and will return after the visit at approximately 20:00.


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