BioConnect Ireland

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BioConnect Ireland is an informal, open and independent networking organisation for individuals in the biotechnology, life science and medical device sectors in Ireland, North and South. It was founded in 2001 to promote interaction and exchange between all of those working in this broad field.   

BioConnect Ireland meetings are where people make new contacts and reconnect with old friends and colleagues in this wide-ranging community. We run free open meetings several times per year on topics of general interest to the life science community. It is funded by contributions from annual sponsors – currently RFT Group and Enterprise Ireland.  We also encourage sponsors for single meetings on particular themes. 


Upcoming BioConnect Ireland Event

Event Title:

Process Technology Transfer Solutions for Pharma Manufacturing

Date & Time:

Thursday 11th May, 2017 at 2.30pm


Hovione Plant, Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. 


51°49'20-01" N  8°18'28.23" W


One of the technical challenges for the pharma industry is the transfer of process technology between production sites, or from development units to full manufacturing scale. The goal is to produce a product that is exactly the same as the original formulation, but at the volume required by the market. The faithful scale-up or transfer of a production process and its associated analytical methods, documentation systems and knowledge presents difficulties. However, it is essential in maintaining product quality, and in ensuring regulatory compliance. This meeting will outline all of the issues related to this process, and review the solutions currently available. 


Download Agenda/Speakers Profiles | MS Word version

Site visit:

Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit the Hovione plant.


The meeting is kindly sponsored by Hovione.


Online registration for Cork event is available: Register here


BioConnect Meetings    

The format of our afternoon meetings is two or more presentations on the core theme followed by a Q&A session. We also have a series of ‘Open Mike’ presentations which allow any relevant organisation 3 minutes to present needs, ideas, products or services. Each meeting ends with a networking session and refreshments to encourage interaction between participants.  In our recent survey the majority of the respondents report that they always or usually stay for this session, which many consider to be the highlight of the events, and only 18% never attend.


Who attends?   

Meetings attract from 70 to 150 people, depending on the theme. A 2015 survey of meeting attendees showed that 32% of attendees were from academic institutions; 21% from bio-industry; 30% were service-providers in consulting, legal or technical areas; and 11% from State agencies or civil service. 



For further information, please contact:

Jim Ryan 
CIRCA Group Europe Ltd.
26 Upper Pembroke St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Declan McGee
Enterprise Ireland
East Point Business Park, Dublin 3, Ireland