What to Expect at IPPC 2024

Join us for the premier Congress in the plasma protein industry, where global stakeholders gather and discuss the evolving landscape of plasma-derived medicinal products (PDMPs). Hosted by the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA), the International Plasma Protein Congress (IPPC) provides a dynamic platform for collaboration, innovation, and advocacy.  


At the heart of our congress is a commitment to the entire value chain of PDMPs – from vein to vein, from donor to patient. Through insightful sessions, engaging discussions, and networking opportunities, participants delve into the essential role of dedicated healthy donors, the imperative of donor safety, and the strategies for fostering lasting donor relationships.  


Pre-conference - Monday, 15 April 2024

A networking Welcome reception will be held the night prior to the conference for meeting attendees. The reception will be held 18:00 - 20:00 (GMT+2) at the Athens Marriott Hotel in the garden/atrium.

Sponsored by ImmunoTek Bio Centers

Day One - Tuesday, 16 April 2024

07:30 - 17:30
On-site registration open

Welcome & Opening ceremony

Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director - PPTA Europe

Anita Brikman, President & CEO - PPTA

Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Health - Greece

09:00 - 09:20
From Donor to Patient: Plasma-derived Medicines Uniquely Saving Lives
Moderator: Anita Brikman, President & CEO - PPTA

Nancy Di Salvo, Director International Affairs - GBS-CIDP Foundation International

Martin Moll - Plasma donor

09:20 - 10:30
SESSION 1 : Real-World Evidence on the Safety of Plasma Donation  
Moderator: Prof. Dr. med. Torsten Tonn, Medical Director and CEO - German Red Cross Blood Donation Service

Explore donor safety in this session. Hear from experts on harmonizing approaches to consistent donor frequency and optimizing plasma collection across the EU, and even different plasmapheresis practices.

Practices to protect plasma donors: An inventory of practices to protect the health of plasma donors in Europe and beyond - Review of SUPPLY
Katja van den Hurk, Ph.D., Head of Donor Studies, PI Donor Health & Epidemiologist - Sanquin

Large-scale real-world data analysis of source plasma collections using a novel technology-enabled nomogram

Jan Hartmann - Haemonetics

The rationale behind German guidelines for plasmapheresis. Regular IgG level monitoring as safety parameter
Stephan T. Kiessig, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer - Previpharma

A donor safety evidence literature review of the short- and long-term effects of plasmapheresis - Related to the EDQM Blood Guide
Johanna Castrén, M.D., Ph.D., Chair - European Committee on Blood Transfusion

10:30 - 11:30
Networking Break Sponsored by
Fresenius Kabi USA

11:30 - 12:45
SESSION 2 : Recruiting to Return: Motivating a Comprehensive Commitment
Moderator: Peter Jaworski, Associate Teaching Professor - Georgetown University

In this session, industry leaders explore lessons learned around donor recruitment and retention. Hear the importance of helping donors understand their important impact on the health and well-being of patients.

Gerry Gogarty - NHS BT England

Zsofia Bacsadi - Hungarian anthopologist and donor

Britta Diebel - Haema

Kostantyn Yefimenko, CEO - Biopharma

Martin Moll - Plasma donor

12.45 - 14:00
Networking Lunch Sponsored by

14:00 - 15:15
SESSION 3: SoHO Regulation - What's Next?

Experts take the stage to discuss SoHO's role in enhancing plasma donations to ultimately improve patient access to plasma-derived medicinal products in the EU.

Beatrice Marquez-Garrido, Policy Officer, Substances of Human Origin - European Commission

Milan Maly, European Plasma Alliance (EPA)

15:15 - 16:00
Networking Break Sponsored by
Fresenius Kabi USA

16:00 - 17:15
SESSION 4: Regulatory Townhall
Moderator: James Knowles, Head Global Regulatory Affairs - PPTA

This global regulatory town hall aims to address a wide range of information around regulations developments in the industry. This town hall format offers attendees the chance to ask a panel of expert regulators about relevant industry-wide hot topics.

17:15 - 17:30
End of Day Closure and Presentation of the 2024 Joachim Hilfenhaus Award

Ferdinando Borgese, Commercial Director Intercontinental - Kedrion Biopharma and Chair of PPTA Europe

20:15 - 22:30
Networking Dinner at the Acropolis Museum

Day Two - Wednesday, 17 April 2024

08:00 - 15:00
On-site registration open

09:00 - 09:30
Day Two Kickoff and Welcome

Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director - PPTA Europe

Giles Platford, President, Plasma-Derived Therapies Business Unit at Takeda & Chair of the Global Executive Board at PPTA

09:30 - 10:45
SESSION 5: Striving Toward Strategic Autonomy in the EU
Moderator: Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director - PPTA Europe

With approximately 40% of plasma is currently sourced from the United States, what can be done to increase the region's self-sufficiency?  This session will incorporate perspectives from the public, private, and third sectors to identify strategies that ensure patient access to PDMPs.

Matthew Hotchko, President - Marketing Research Bureau

Svenja Tatjana Barckhausen, Executive Board Member - Haema

Jean-Philippe Plançon, CEO - EPODIN

Eva-Maria Merz, Senior Researcher - Sanquin Research and Full Professor Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

10:45 - 11:30
Networking Break Sponsored by

11:30 - 12:45
SESSION 6: Reinforcing Resilience in the Supply Chain System

Recent updates to the EMA's critical medicines list emphasize plasma's role as a starting material for medication development. This makes plasma donation and collection even more crucial for the well-being of European patients. How can industry gain visibility into the medicine supply chain and avoid future crises? Governmental experts discuss these ideas and more in this session.

Cemre Balaban, Junior Trade Policy Analyst, Trade Policy Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate - OECD

Klaus Kruttwig Medicines and Medical Devices Shortages Specialist - European Medicines Agency

Dominico Di Giorgio, Head of Inspection and Certification Department and of the Pharmaceutical Crime Counteracting Office - AIFA

12:45 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

14:00 - 15:15
SESSION 7: Appropriate Use of IgGs
Moderator: Tomasz Kluszczynski, Strategy Consultant, Guest Professor - Warsaw University of Technology and Goethe Frankfurt University

Due to its unique and finite source material of human plasma, the IgG value chain from donor to patient is extremely fragile and subject to disruptions, especially in crisis situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic.In this session, take a deep dive into how to evaluate the growing medical need and demand --versus the finite availability of plasma -- based on the optimal and appropriate use of IgGs.

Johan Prevot, Executive Director - IPOPI

Silvia Sanchez Ramon, Acting Head of Dept & Associate Professor - Departamento de Inmunología Clínica, Instituto de Medicina de Laboratorio, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Universidad Complutense of Madrid

Marek Migdal, M.D., Ph.D., CEO - Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw

Daniela Philadelphy, Chair of the Haematology Working Party, CHMP member - AGES Austria

15:15 - 15:30
End and closure of IPPC 2024

Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director - PPTA Europe

*Subject to change

Why attend

  • Insightful discussions: Gain valuable insights from thought-provoking sessions featuring expert panelists.
  • Advocacy opportunities: Join the conversation on shaping policies and initiatives that promote access, safety, and sustainability in PDMPs.
  • Networking: Connect with industry leaders, policymakers, health care professionals, and patient advocates from around the globe.
  • Interactive showcase: Discover innovative products, services, and technologies from leading industry suppliers and partners.


The International Plasma Protein Congress invites professionals and stakeholders from across the plasma protein industry, including:  

  • Donor organizations  
  • Health care providers  
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Industry suppliers
  • Patient advocacy groups  


Be part of the conversation that's shaping the future of plasma-derived medicinal products. Register now to secure your spot at the International Plasma Protein Congress and contribute to advancing patient care worldwide.  


Registration for the International Plasma Protein Congress (IPPC) includes access to all general sessions, all refreshments, exhibit hall, the Welcome Reception on 15 April, and the Networking Dinner on 16 April (you must be registered for the IPPC in order to attend the reception and dinner). Individuals not registered for the IPPC will be given the opportunity to register on-site or will not be granted access to these events.

Registration type
  • PPTA Members
  • Non-members
  • Patient representatives*
  • Government*
  • Press*
Early bird rate
  • €1400
  • €1900
  • No cost*
  • No cost*
  • No cost*
After 23 February 2024
  • €1600
  • €2100
  • No cost*
  • No cost*
  • No cost*
  • €1700
  • €2200
  • No cost*
  • No cost*
  • No cost*

PPTA Members

  • €1400 - (Early bird)
  • €1600 - (After April 7, 2022)
  • €1700 - (On-site)


  • €1900 - (Early bird)
  • €2100 - (After April 7, 2022)
  • €2200 - (On-site)

Patient representatives*

  • No cost* - (Early bird)
  • No cost* - (After April 7, 2022)
  • No cost* - (On-site)


  • No cost* - (Early bird)
  • No cost* - (After April 7, 2022)
  • No cost* - (On-site)


  • No cost* - (Early bird)
  • No cost* - (After April 7, 2022)
  • No cost* - (On-site)
*Complimentary registration subject to verification
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Hotel information

The 2024 International Plasma Protein Congress will be held at the Athens Marriott Hotel
385, Syngrou Ave
Athens, Greece 17564
Tel: 0030 2109471372

Additional information
The Athens Marriott Hotel is located 34.3km (21.3mi) from the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", approximately 40-minute taxi drive.


The Athens Marriott Hotel is currently sold out. Please refer to the list of nearby hotels below for making your hotel reservation.

Nearby Hotels

Grand Hyatt Athens (5-minute taxi ride away from Congress hotel)

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Intercontinental Athenaceum Athens (5-minute taxi ride away from Congress hotel)

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Thank you, IPPC 2024 Sponsors

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Supporting Organizations


Hotel and Congress inquires
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Registration inquires
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Sponsorship and Exhibit inquires
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