The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals

2017 National Meeting Recap

Thank you to those who attended our National Meeting in May and made our inaugural event a success.

More than 250 representatives turned out in Washington D.C. in May for the inaugural NIIMBL National Meeting. The two-day event brought together stakeholders from industry, academia, non—profit, state and local governments, and federal agencies to network and collaborate in anticipation of NIIMBL’s Quick Start Project call this summer.

In addition to networking opportunities, the first day of the event featured a distinguished lineup of speakers including Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Tom Reed, Acting NIST Director and Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Kent Rochford, FDA CDER Director Janet Woodcock, FDA CBER Director Peter Marks, and Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) CEO Jim Greenwood.

Speakers addressed the impact NIIMBL will have on biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology, public health and U.S. economic development.

Also, representatives from leading biomanufacturers lent their thoughts on challenges and opportunities facing the industry during plenary presentations and an engaging Industry Roundtable discussion.

The afternoon featured the SME Innovation Showcase, where small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) gave a rapid-fire two-minute pitch on their company’s technology and capabilities.

The members-only second day featured the first gatherings of the NIIMBL Governing Committee (GC) as well as Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Workforce Activities Committee (WAC), and Regulatory Coordinating Committee (RCC). Members tremendous insight and input into the direction each of these committees will take as they work to realize the NIIMBL mission.

Initial planning has already begun for the next NIIMBL National Meeting. We anticipate the event will take place in late 2017. If your organization is interested in hosting the next National Meeting, please contact us at

Institute Director Kelvin Lee opens the National Meeting. Senator Chris Coons speaks at the National Meeting. Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director Kent Rochford addresses attendees. Congressman Tom Reed speaks at the National Meeting. FDA CDER Director Janet Woodcock speaks at the National Meeting.
FDA CBER Director Peter Marks presents at the National Meeting. Attendees network at the NIIMBL National Meeting. Stage is set for the inaugural NIIMBL National Meeting. From L to R: Kripa Ram (MedImmune), Robert Baffi (BioMarin), Jorg Thommes (Visterra, Inc.), Greg Russotti (Celgene), and Steve Doares (Biogen) discuss industry challenges and how NIIMBL can address these challenges during the Industry Roundtable. Outside the National Academy of Sciences Building, site of the NIIMBL National Meeting.
Representatives from SMEs and academic institutions presented posters. BIO CEO Jim Greenwood gives closing remarks. NIIMBL Executive Director, Barry Buckland, closes the National Meeting. Attendees network at the NIIMBL National Meeting.

Photos courtesy of the University of Delaware/Kevin Quinlan photographer.

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