Midwest Chapter (Chicago) Event Planning for April 14,2022.

I’m very pleased to announce that the ISL-FD Midwest Chapter will hold their annual conference on 14 April 2022 in Chicago. The committee members have been announced, and they are busily working to identify speakers, students, and sponsors.  They’ve decided to limit the number of sponsors to give our supported students a better opportunity to present their posters. They are also considering the addition of a “Gold Sponsor” level to provide better visibility and also additional funds for student support.

Please feel free to contact me or any of the committee members with questions or suggestions.  We’ll post more information as it becomes available.

Mark Meluso                   Key Scientific
Kevin Tebrinke                Findorff
Arnab Ganguly                Amgen
Bakul Bhatnagar             Pfizer
Todd Reihbandt              Millrock Technology
Jeff Schwegman             AB BioTechnologies
Zak Yusoff                      SP Scientific Products
Michael Dougherty         SP Scientific Products
Josh Tinch                      Key Scientific
David Simoens               GMP Consulting

Best regards,

Kevin R. Tebrinke, PE
President, ISL-FD Inc.

Ghent, Belgium: The 9th International Conference was a huge success!

2-6 September, 2019: ISL-FD’s 9th International Conference was held at Ghent University.  Click below to see photos, presentations, abstracts, and other information from the Conference.

Click Here for the 2019 Ghent Conference Page


East Coast Chapter Conference was held September 17, 2019!

We’ll provide updates on this event soon.  

East Coast Chapter September Conference – Click Here


Midwest (Chicago) Chapter Conference 2019

Congratulations to the Midwest Chapter for another successful Conference in Chicago! It was held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, and included a great day of industry and academic lectures, 13 student poster presentations, and 16 vendor exhibits. You can find pictures, presentations, and the brochure below:

Click Here for the 2019 Midwest Conference Page



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Midwest (Chicago) Chapter 2018 Conference Was a Hit!

Thursday, 12 April 2018: The Midwest Chapter Conference was held in Chicago at the Midwest Conference Center.

Click Here for the 2018 Midwest Conference Page



2017 East Coast Chapter Conference

Click Here for the 2017 East Coast Conference presentations.



Havana, Cuba Conference was incredible!

The international event for the ISL-FD will took place 24-28 April 2017  in Havana, Cuba. The conference included a fantastic team of industry and academic leaders, including Dr. Michael Pikal, Dr. Steven Nail, Dr. Serguei Tchesselov, Dr. Kevin Murgatroyd, Dr. Alan MacKenzie, and included the following themes:

  • Model-based process engineering,
  • Complex molecules, cells and formulation
  • Developments and innovation,
  • Competing technologies,
  • Standards, Validation and authorities,
  • Equipment vendors

Click here to go to the Havana Conference Page…


Lima, Peru 1st Conference (LYOCON 2016) Went Very Well!

93 persons attend at this opportunity, most of them from pharmaceutical companies, others from Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN), one student of Chemistry and some professors from National University of Engineering (UNI).

6 sponsors supported the meeting:

  1. CIMA, enterprise which represents Tofflon in South America.
  2. Telstar Azbil.
  3. IMA Life.
  4. H.W Kessel, Peruvian company which represents Telstar for pilot lyophilizers.
  5. Medifarma, pharmaceutical company.
  6. Fuxion Biotech SAC, company which produces nutraceutics.

Several interesting topics were discussed by different speakers:

  1. Basics principles in Lyophilization, by Ivette Novoa from Medifarma.
  2. Application of the lyophilization in radiopharmaceutical products used in nuclear medicine, by Guilmer Agurto from IPEN.
  3. Continuos lyophilization: Innovation based in science by Jos Corver from Rhea Vita.
  4. Scale up of a recipe from laboratory to industrial plant by Robert Bullich from Telstar.
  5. Wireless sensors without battery for monitoring in aseptics process by Marco Preus from IMA Life.
  6. Optimization, monitoring and control process of lyophilized pharmaceuticals based in QbD and PAT by Thomas De Beer from Ghent University.
  7. Application of risk analysis on the design and building of pharmaceutical lyophilizers and its impact in the qualification by Mario Ochoca from CIMA.
  8. Regulatory approach to produce sterile lyophilized products by Joel Perez from Medifarma.
  9. Production of lyophilized liposomes by Jorge Sassone from Improvement S.A.
  10. Lyophilization in the nutraceutics industry by Ivan Columbus from Fuxion Biotech SAC.

Into the frame of conference, those speakers representing Ghent University met together with professors of Faculty of Sciences in the National University of Engineering (UNI) and they arrived to an official academic agreement in order to collaborate each other on research and development involving students and professor from both universities. Once again, the Society has contributed with spread of knowledge of science on lyophilization.



International Society of Lyophilization – Freeze Drying Inc.

The Society is a non-profit all – volunteer organization (registered in the State of Delaware in the United States) whose mission is to promote and advance the field of lyophilization (lyophilisation) by personal interaction using the Internet and supporting programs that provide financial and/or material assistance to those who need it. It is also dedicated to the promotion of friendship and understanding throughout the International Community by conducting meetings at various locations throughout the world. Our mission includes help for students who are studying in the field of lyophilization – freeze drying.