BACHEM SPRING SYMPOSIUM 2017
The seventh Bachem Spring Symposium was held in Basel in 2017. This year’s event was the continuation of an impressive success story, highlighting the importance of the symposium for the exchange of scientific ideas on innovative chemical methods and application of Bachem products and bringing together the right people from the industry and research sectors.
The Symposium’s remarkable agenda once again underscored Bachem’s pioneering role in peptide and amino acid chemistry. This year’s program addressed the latest peptide analysis technologies and featured scientists and business leaders as speakers.
As in previous years, the day began with a tour of Bachem’s state-of-the-art production facilities and analytical laboratories at the Bubendorf plant. This was followed by the scientific portion of the symposium in Basel with over 30 guests from the worlds of business and science.
Dr. José de Chastonay and the moderator, Prof. Helma Wennemers, opened the proceedings. The audience heard presentations by Prof. Wolfgang Lindner (Lindner Consulting GmbH) on stereoselective separation methods for amino acids and small peptides and from Dr. Dan Bach Kristensen (Symphogen) on using mass spectroscopy for peptide quantification and pharmaceutical development.
Dr. Wendy Winchester (Takeda) spoke on the significance of biological test procedures in drug development, and Dr. Astrid Pappenberger (Roche) gave a presentation on challenges in formulating therapeutic peptides. According to Dr. Pappenberger, close teamwork, a reliable production process and robust analytical methods are the keys to successful drug formulation, bolstering her arguments with six very different case studies.
Dr. Tobias Hauck, Head of Quality Control at Bachem Bubendorf, gave the final presentation on Bachem’s quality strategy for pharmaceutically active peptide substances. Bachem has implemented a “holistic” quality strategy for pharmaceutically active peptide substances to meet ever-stricter targets in the context of an ever-growing number of projects. The entire spectrum of in-house analytics is gathered under the Quality Control umbrella (Figure 1). In addition, the latest analytical methods are used in each application case, as Dr. Hauck illustrated using various examples. With some 30 post-doctoral scientists and a laboratory staff of over 90 in Bubendorf alone, Quality Control is one of the absolute key units at Bachem, guaranteeing the exceptional quality of the company’s products every day.
A shared dinner at the close of the Symposium gave this eclectic group of experts from a wide range of disciplines, who would rarely get the chance to meet in the course of their everyday work, an opportunity to exchange ideas.
We owe a debt of thanks to the organizers, moderators, and all who participated for making this valuable symposium possible.