Virtual Events

Welcome to our virtual events section of the website where you can find our schedule for virtual meetings and conferences where West will have a presence. You can register for one of these webinars this fall or connect with us at a virtual tradeshow! We hope to see you virtually this fall to talk about how West’s products and services can help Simplify the Journey for our customers and ultimately the patient.

September 22, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Webinar: Not All Elastomeric Component Surface Barriers Are Created Equal

Peggy Frandolig, Technical Knowledge Manager, Scientific Affairs, West Pharmaceutical Services
Cathy Zhao, Director, Scientific Insights Lab, West Pharmaceutical Services

The evolving regulatory expectations for the pharmaceutical industry require early evaluation of sterile (or injectable) drug product packaging materials. Biologic drug products have seen increased growth and typically use parenteral drug packaging systems. The sensitivity of biologic/cell/gene therapy drug products drives the need to minimize the use of silicone and maximize the use of barrier films and coatings. Primary container component manufacturers have been working to improve these films and coating through multiple technologies. This webinar will discuss:

  • Market insights of biologic/cell/gene therapy drug product sensitivities that establish the need for using barrier films and coatings.
  • Scientific rationale for surface barrier technologies, comparison of processes, chemistry, and characterization techniques.
  • Case study comparison of the impact of two elastomer closures with different surface barrier technologies on a model protein, Immunoglobulin G. including differences of silicon levels and protein particle aggregation.

June 8, 2021 -View OnDemand

Webinar: Lyophilized Drug Product Case Study: Risk Mitigation of Primary Packaging through Physical and Chemical Testing

Diego Zurbriggen, Technical Account Manager, TCS, NA West Pharmaceutical Services
Samantha Singer, MS, Scientist I/Project Director Lyophilization Technologies, Inc.

This webinar showcase a comprehensive approach to understand potential risks to lyophilized drug product quality based on chemical and physical performance testing. The discussion covers key considerations in the study design for manufacturability and packaging leveraging this analytical approach.

Key Learning Objectives

  • An innovative approach to assessing inherent risks to lyophilized drug product quality
  • Comprehensive analytical strategy through expanded study design
  • Demonstration of the analytical strategy for a lyophilized preparation


May 20, 2021 - View OnDemand 

Webinar: Minimize risk when developing your oncology drug with West

Aaron Chapman, Ph.D, Program Manager, Commercial Technical Development – Oncology & Administration Systems
Peggy Frandolig, Technical Knowledge Manager, Scientific Affairs
Victoria Morgan, Director, Segment Marketing, Global Biologics

This webinar intends to educate attendees about the best decisions to make in early development which will proactively minimize risk, rather than have you managing risks later in development. Guidelines will be provided on how best to understand individual components as well as the interactions of those components with your oncology drug properties & sensitivities, giving you an increased chance of getting to market quickly.

Key Learning Objectives are:

  • Understanding and establishing the drug needs (QTPPs) to enable long term packaging solutions to meet the patient’s needs.
  • With regards your packaging, how to gain the technical expertise and knowledge to get you through BLA ensuring you know how your chosen packaging enhances your molecule, rather than detracts from it.
  • How to use data to ensure compliance to USP<800> and CSTD use in the preparation of vial packed oncology drugs.

May 12, 2021 - View OnDemand

Webinar: The Journey from Vial to Combination Product

This webinar focuses on three big challenges pharmaceutical companies face as they consider life cycle management strategy and transition to a combination product.

Daniel Bantz, Manager, Scientific Communications, Self-Injection Systems
Jennifer Riter, Sr. Director, Business Technical Operations, Services and Solutions

April 13-15, 2021 -View OnDemand

Workshop: Practical Strategies to Reduce Risk for Drug-Device Combination Products  

This 3-day virtual workshop (4 hours per day) brings together industry experts and thought leaders in a unique forum to address a series of challenges and to learn practical strategies to mitigate risk in Combination Product development and commercialization.

Key Challenges & Risks to be addressed are:

  • Translation of regulation to development execution
  • Drug & Device Integration
  • Device reliability & robustness
  • Change & Lifecycle management

For additional Information download the agenda here.


December 3, 2020 -View OnDemand

Webinar: CH Q12: Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management and the relevance to Combination products

In November 2019, the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) Q12 guideline entitled Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management was finalized. This webinar will provide an overview of the guideline and will explain the Established Conditions (EC) discussed therein, as well as the applicable regulatory requirements. A deep dive into Post Approval Change Management Protocols (PACMP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLCM) as tools to manage change will also be discussed.

November 12, 2020  - View OnDemand

Webinar: The West AccelTRA® Elastomer Components Program for Generic Drug Manufacturers

Generic organizations will be required to continue to provide high quality in their drug manufacturing processes and bring their products to the market faster. They must also have a mindset that fosters operational simplicity and excellence to enable these requirements. With these needs in mind, this webinar will offer insight into the West’s AccelTRA® Elastomer Components Program

November 5, 2020  - View OnDemand 

Webinar: How technologies are transforming high volume injections - essential enablers for patient outcomes

This webinar will explore why adherence, safety and quality of life are important for patients, and how these key enablers contribute towards positive outcomes. We will also discuss existing challenges, such as drug development, regulatory, patient accessibility, and how device technologies can further improve patient outcomes.

October 28, 2020 - View OnDemand

Webinar: Biosimilars and Interchangeability - A Pathway for Containment and Delivery Systems

With the growth and success of biosimilars in the market, successfully bringing one to market is top of mind for many pharmaceutical manufacturers. This webinar will cover the trends and regulations around biosimilars and approaches for qualification of packaging and delivery systems for bringing a biosimilar to market.

October 21, 2020 -View OnDemand

Webinar: NovaGuard® SA Pro Safety System: Helping to Meet the Heightened Challenges of Safeguarding HCP Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

It’s been estimated that of the 35 million global healthcare workers that exist, 2 million of them suffer needlestick injuries each year, with approximately 500,000 of these occurring in the US. Of these, about 40% of cases go unreported each year. Due to these high numbers, regulations, laws and directives have been set to try to reduce needlestick injuries among healthcare workers. Consequently, some customers are now scrambling to understand what safety devices exist for their current and pipeline prefilled syringe (PFS) products. This webinar will discuss the need for safety devices and how the current COVID-19 pandemic is expected to accelerate adoption of regulations set to increase the use of safety devices to safeguard healthcare workers.

September 30, 2020 - View OnDemand

Webinar: West addresses challenges for oncology drug development and delivery

This webinar will place the oncology patient and the drug company at the heart of the conversation and will give situational awareness of the challenges both parties face, along with the proven solutions to help overcome these challenges.

September 17, 2020  -  View OnDemand

Webinar: USP Elastomer Revisions Will Become Official December 2020: What you need to know

This Webinar will explain the baseline requirements for elastomeric physiochemical and functional properties. Examples to illustrate qualification of components for intended applications will be included. A strategy for testing the entire packaging and delivery system inclusive of the drug product is essential. These USP updates are meant to increase patient safety by reducing risk through more thorough product understanding beyond component level testing, and these significant changes will be highlighted.

July 16, 2020  -  View OnDemand

Webinar: Prefilled Syringe Elastomer Components - High Quality Solutions for Sensitive Molecules

This Webinar, presented by Christa Jansen-Otten and Whitney Winters on July 16, 2020, explains the key critical product requirements, such as performance studies in prefilled syringes, container closure integrity, dimensional measurement results and particulate measurements that can be used to support delivery system assessment and implementation at pharmaceutical companies.