Education Sessions

Northeast Lounge in East Clubhouse

The Boston Area Chapter Educational Program Committee has been hard at work developing a cutting-edge innovative education program.  They have come up with three relevant and timely topics – providing the know how you need to advance your business. In each session, top thought leaders offer insights on issues essential to the industry and provide a wealth of information relevant to your business. Below is a list of our tracks and confirmed speakers.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Educational Session on Quality Risk Management (QRM)

Session & Speaker information will be posted soon!


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Biotech 101

Session & Speaker information will be posted soon!


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Take the Guesswork out of your Lab/Pharma Water System

This will be an “interactive” introductory to intermediate level session providing attendees with a basic understanding of water purification and then involving the audience in dealing with several common misconceptions about water purification, control of bacteria and biofilm, and how to verify water purity (we are in a regulated industry, you know!).

We’ll start with the basics to get everyone on the same page. Water is the most commonly used material used in the manufacture and purification of many biotech and pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Water may an ingredient, a solvent, a diluent, a cleaner, or for any one of many other purposes. It is important to understand why water needs to be purified and how dozens of different purification steps can be integrated to get the right water purity for its intended use. This presentation will start by reviewing the contaminants/impurities that exist in the incoming water supply and provide the attendee with an understanding of why some of these materials need to be removed (while others don’t) based on the intended use of the water. We will touch on different grades of water as identified by various pharmacopoeias and consensus standards (ASTM, CAP/CLSI, pharmaceutical, and microelectronics grades). Attendees will receive a broad overview of why different grades of water purity exist.

After everyone has the basics, we can start the fun and interactive stuff: We’ll involve the audience by making a series of statements and questions (or will they be mis-statements and questions?) to uncover some of the most common misconceptions about water purification, monitoring, sampling, bacteria, etc. Come ready to learn and have fun at this session!

Speaker: Brian Hagopian, CPIP | President | Clear Water Consulting, Inc.

Brian Hagopian, CPIP received his degree in chemistry from Colgate University a long time ago and is currently the President of Clear Water Consulting, Inc. Brian has over 35 years of design, manufacturing and operational experience and is a high purity water subject matter expert, consultant, trainer, educator, and expert troubleshooter to help clients solve complex operational problems, assess risks, and address compliance observations. Brian is an instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center and is also a Massachusetts certified instructor offering courses for the licensing of industrial wastewater operators. Brian is a charter member and Past President of the Boston area chapter where he helped to lay the foundation for the Boston Chapter’s highly successful Product Show, which has won two International awards for “Best Special Event” at ISPE Annual Meetings. Brian is one of six people to have received the Hank Moes Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to the Boston chapter and the life sciences industry and is one of 150 people worldwide to have attained the Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional (CPIP) certification, conferred by ISPE in 2012. Brian has the Boston Chapter’s Student Development Committee for the past six years where student membership has quadrupled and the number of student chapters have doubled through his efforts. Brian has been an active member of the ISPE Critical Utilities COP Steering Committee where he has just completed leading a team of 20 subject matter experts in the publication of the ISPE Good Practice Guide on Sampling of Critical Utilities in December, 2016.

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