2021 Global Plasma Summit (GPS): November 16 – 18

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Following a successful inaugural virtual gathering last year, the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association will host the Global Plasma Summit November 16-18, 2021.

The Global Plasma Summit is a worldwide virtual event featuring industry leaders, patient advocates, and public officials, all of whom will gather to provide the latest updates and information about the plasma protein therapeutics industry and its unique role in the broader pharmaceutical sector.

Panel discussions and presentations will focus on the ongoing need for plasma donation – particularly considering the declines that have occurred because of the ongoing pandemic – and how PPTA and its membership are utilizing their collective voices to advocate for increased donations to meet growing clinical need. Case studies will explore how several countries are respectively working to increase plasma availability, and a moderated discussion will focus on activities underway to ensure the revised EU Blood Directive meets the needs of plasma donors and patients who rely on plasma-derived therapies.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 GPS includes virtual access to all general sessions and networking events. Registration will close on November 12 close of business (EST). This year's Summit will feature gamification where attendees can earn points for completing different tasks before and during the event and be eligible to win rewards. Details on how to earn and enter points will be provided when the GPS site launches in November. The first 50 people to register for the GPS will earn bonus early bird points - so register today!

Registration type
PPTA Members
Non-members
Patients & Government*
Registration fee
$200
$300
$0 *

*Complimentary registration for patients & government subject to verification

Terms and Conditions

Registration type
PPTA reserves the right to confirm registration type and charge appropriately.

Cancellations & Substitutions
Cancellations will not be accepted. Substitutions must be received in writing by November 12.

Press
All Press must apply for credentials prior to the event. Please contact Mat Gulick at the Association for more information.

Data protection
The personal information provided will be used for PPTA purposes only.

Meeting Program*

Day One - Tuesday, November 16 - Awareness 

Time (EST|CET) 

08:00 – 08:30 | 14:00 – 14:30 

Welcome to the 2021 GPS / Q&A with PPTA President & CEO 

Welcoming remarks and a live Q&A featuring PPTA President & CEO, Amy Efantis and PPTA Counsel & Kelley Drye Partner, Paul Rosenthal, JD.

Moderator: Paul Rosenthal, JD, Partner - Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Speaker: Amy C. Efantis, President & CEO - PPTA

08:30 – 09:30 | 14:30 – 15:30 

Defy the Odds: An update on PPTA’s Campaign to Increase Plasma Donations 

A conversation featuring PPTA staff and representatives from MWWPR that will focus on PPTA’s current campaign, “Defy the Odds,” including its goals, scope, and current successes.

Moderator: Mathew Gulick, Senior Director, Global Communications - PPTA
Speakers:

  • Michelle Corrigan Rios, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Managing Director, Washington DC - MikeWorldWide
  • Parker Ray, Chief Digital Strategist - MikeWorldWide
  • Shelley Noeldechen, Senior Vice President and Integrated Creative Director - MikeWorldWide
09:30 – 10:00 | 15:30 – 16:00  Networking Session 
An opportunity for attendees to network with meeting participants, speakers, and sponsors, with rewards for the most interaction!
10:00 – 11:00 | 16:00 – 17:00

Communication Campaigns to Raise Awareness of the Need for Plasma Donations 

This interactive session will discuss public and private initiatives to raise awareness of plasma and the need for plasma donations, featuring U.S. and EU patient perspectives about awareness campaigns, as well as a the perspective of an EU public authority.

Moderator: Brian Maguire, Independent Journalist - Producer - EBX Media
Speakers:

  • Lisa Butler, Executive Director - GBS|CIDP Foundation International
  • Martine Pergent, Chair - International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

Additional Speaker(s) to be Announced

11:00 – 11:30 | 17:00 – 17:30  Networking Session 
An opportunity for attendees to network with meeting participants, speakers, and sponsors, with rewards for the most interaction!
11:30 – 12:30 | 17:30 – 18:30

Developing the WHO Guidance on Access to Plasma and PDMPs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries 

A roundtable discussion on the significance of the WHO guidance on access to plasma and PDMPs to address the clinical need for plasma, followed by a live Q&A session.

Moderator: Dominika Misztela, Senior Director, Regulatory Policy - Europe - PPTA
Speakers:

  • Jan M. Bult, Owner & Managing Director - JMB Consultancy BV
  • Jay S. Epstein, MD, Medical Officer - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Thierry Burnouf, PhD, Distinguished Professor - Taipei Medical University
  • Yuyun Maryuningsih, MD, Team Lead - Blood and Other Products of Human Origin, World Health Organization
Day Two - Wednesday, November 17 - Availability

Time (EST|CET) 

08:00 – 08:15 | 14:00 – 14:15  Welcome & Keynote Address 

Welcoming and introductory remarks from PPTA’s Executive Director, Europe, and a Keynote Address from the Director-General – Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (SANTE), Sandra Gallina (to be confirmed).

Moderator: Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director, Europe - PPTA
Keynote Speaker: Sandra Gallina (Invited), Director-General – Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (SANTE) - European Commission

08:15 – 08:30 | 14:15 – 14:30 Presentation of the 2021 Hilfenhaus Award 

The Hilfenhaus Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to patient access to safe plasma protein therapies. Presented by PPTA’s Executive Director, Europe, and Chair of the European Board of Directors.

Moderator: Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director, Europe - PPTA
Presenter: Oliver Schmitt, General Manager - CSL Behring, Italy

08:30 – 09:30 | 14:30 – 15:30  Increasing Plasma Availability: The Case Studies of Canada, England, and Poland 

Sponsored by Haemonetics Logo RED 1

Experts discuss recent positive developments in countries seeking to increase the availability of plasma.

Moderator: Gerardo Fortuna, Agrifood & Health Editor - Euractiv
Speakers:

  • Peter Cleary, Principal - Santis Health, Canada
  • Gerry Gogarty, Plasma Programme Director - The National Health Service (NHS) England
  • Radosław Sierpiński, President - Medical Research Agency (ABM) Poland
09:30 – 10:00 | 15:30 – 16:00  Networking Session 

Sponsored by Haemonetics Logo RED 1

An opportunity for attendees to network with meeting participants, speakers, and sponsors, with rewards for the most interaction!

10:00 – 11:00 | 16:00 – 17:00  Donor Adverse Events Study: What We Learned and What Comes Next 

An examination of the methodology and results of a recent study of donor adverse events, as well as some thoughts about what comes next.

Moderator: Janet Hershman, MD, Head of BioLife Medical Affairs - Takeda
Speakers:

  • George Schreiber, ScD, Director, Epidemiology - PPTA
  • Toby L. Simon, MD, Senior Medical Director, Plasma and Plasma Safety - CSL Plasma
  • Mark Becker, MD, Corporate Medical Director - Grifols
11:00 – 11:30 | 17:00 – 17:30  Networking Session 

Sponsored by Haemonetics Logo RED 1

An opportunity for attendees to network with meeting participants, speakers, and sponsors, with rewards for the most interaction!

11:30 – 12:30 | 17:30 – 18:30  Strengthening the EU Blood Directive: Meeting the Needs of Plasma Donors and Patients Using Plasma-Derived Medicines 

The revision of the European Union Blood, Tissues and Cells (BTC) Legislation brings an opportunity to strengthen this legal framework to encourage new approaches that will increase the collection of plasma across Europe, needed for the manufacturing of plasma-derived medicinal products.

Moderator: Eduardo Pisani, Chief Executive Officer/Ex Officio Member of the Board of Directors - All.Can International
Speakers:

  • Stefaan van der Spiegel, Head of Sector - Health Innovation and Substances of Human Origin, DG SANTE - European Commission
  • Pierre Tiberghien, Executive Director - European Blood Alliance (EBA)
  • Leni von Bonsdorff, PhD, Executive Director - International Plasma and Fractionation Association (IPFA)
  • Alice Simonetti, Executive Board Member - International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO/FIODS)
  • Johan Prevot, Executive Director - International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies
  • Maarten Van Baelen, Executive Director, Europe - PPTA
Day Three - Thursday, November 18 - Access 

Time (EST|CET) 

08:00 – 08:15 | 14:00 – 14:15  Welcome & Keynote Address

Welcoming remarks from PPTA’s Vice President, Global Regulatory Policy and a Keynote Address from Nobel Prize laureate Harvey J. Alter, MD.

Moderator: Mary Gustafson, Vice President, Global Regulatory Policy - PPTA
Keynote Speaker: Harvey J. Alter, MD, Nobel Prize Laureate and Senior Scholar - National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

08:15 – 08:30 | 14:15 – 14:30  Presentation of the 2021 Dr. Otto Schwarz Award 

The Otto Schwarz Award recognizes leadership in the plasma protein therapeutics industry and related scientific fields. Presented by PPTA’s President & CEO and Chair of the Global Board of Directors.

Moderator: Amy C. Efantis, President & CEO - PPTA
Presenter: Karen Etchberger, PhD, Senior Vice President, Alliance Management for Digital Technology - CSL Behring

08:30 – 09:30 | 14:30 – 15:30  Latin America: Plasma Protein Therapies to Meet Patients' Needs 

Experts with regional expertise will discuss patient access to care in Latin America.

Moderator: Sonia Balboni, Director, Source & Standards - PPTA
Speakers:

  • Antonio Condino-NetoMD, PhD, Professor of Experimental Medicine - Institute of Biomedical Sciences - University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Matthew Hotchko, PhD, President - Marketing Research Bureau
  • Miguel Izquierdo, Regional Manager – Central America and Caribbean - World Federation of Hemophilia
09:30 – 10:00 | 15:30 – 16:00  Networking Session
An opportunity for attendees to network with meeting participants, speakers, and sponsors, with rewards for the most interaction!
10:00 – 11:00 | 16:00 – 17:00  Pathogen Safety: Not Losing the Focus 

Sponsored by AsahiKASEI BIOPROCESS

This session will provide an overview of pathogen safety issues such as SARS-CoV-2 and variant CJD, how science has informed recent key regulatory decisions and why vigilance remains paramount for the plasma industry.

Moderator: Dominika Misztela, PhD Senior Director, Regulatory Policy - Europe - PPTA
Speakers:

  • Thomas Kreil, PhD, Vice President - Global Pathogen Safety - Takeda
  • Richard Knight, MD, Professor - University of Edinburgh Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Neurologist in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Lothian University Hospitals Trust, Edinburgh, Scotland

Additional Speaker(s) to be Announced

11:00 – 11:30 | 17:00 – 17:30  Networking Session
An opportunity for attendees to network with meeting participants, speakers, and sponsors, with rewards for the most interaction!
11:30 – 12:30 | 17:30 – 18:30  Challenges to Access to Ig Therapies in a Post-Pandemic Environment 

This panel will discuss the therapeutic value of Ig and their appropriate use in Europe and the US, and examine obstacles to access, as well as potential solutions, with a particular focus on issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator: Larisa Cervenakova, MD, PhD Medical Director - PPTA
Speakers:

  • Mel Berger, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics and Pathology & Case Western Reserve University & Berger Consulting, LLC
  • Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, Clinical Assessor - Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
  • Dorothy Scott, MD, Supervisory Medical Officer and Principal Investigator - U.S. Food & Drug Administration
12:30 – 12:35 | 18:30 – 18:35 Closing Remarks

Closing remarks and the announcement of the GPS Participation Winners from PPTA’s Coordinator of Global Regulatory Policy, Michelle Mason.

Speaker: Michelle Mason, Coordinator, Global Regulatory Policy & QSEAL Administrator - PPTA


*Subject to change 

Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities

PPTA’s Global Plasma Summit is a unique worldwide event that will reach leading experts in the plasma protein therapeutics industry, public officials, and patient advocates in the U.S., Europe, and globally! Sponsors have new and exciting opportunities to promote their messages via commercial videos to be played each session, direct messaging, private one-on-one meetings with attendees, and much more! This year’s Global Plasma Summit will incorporate a contest and gamification function to further inspire all attendees to visit virtual exhibit booths and engage with sponsors in an effort to further enhance our exhibitors’ and sponsors’ experience at the three-day event.

Exhibit & Sponsor Registration Form

Deadline to register as a Sponsor/Exhibitor is September 24, 2021
Content/materials for all sponsorships due by October 8, 2021

Sponsor a Program Session ($3,000)
  • Commercial played before a session (up to 3 minutes)
  • Virtual exhibit booth (details below)
  • Your company logo advertised on PPTA’s website, GPS web page sponsor listing, e-blasts, sponsorship loops, and session introductory loop
  • 8 complimentary registrations
  • This sponsorship is a first-come, first-served basis as there is limited availability (9 spots available)
Sponsor the Day’s Networking Sessions ($2,000)
  • Commercial played before the day’s first networking break (up to 2 minutes)
  • Virtual exhibit booth (details below)
  • Premium branding on the GPS web page for the day of networking sponsorship
  • Your company logo advertised on PPTA’s website, GPS web page sponsor listing, e-blasts, sponsorship loops, and networking session loops
  • 5 complimentary registrations
  • This sponsorship is a first-come, first-served basis as there is limited availability (3 spots available)
Virtual Exhibit Booth ($1,200)
NEW! Complimentary to Diamond and Platinum Associate Members & Included in Session Sponsorships
  • Custom page on GPS event site that can include:
    • Logo and company description
    • Link to a company video/presentation embedded through Vimeo or YouTube
    • Profiles and contact information of your representatives for attendees to connect with
    • Direct messaging and meet request option
    • ‘Face to Face’ video meeting option
    • Call to action button
    • Website and social media links
    • Document/brochure downloads
    • Booth analytics daily
    • External links related to your company
  • Your company logo advertised on PPTA’s website, GPS web page sponsor listing, e-blasts, and sponsorship loops
  • 4 complimentary registrations

Session Options

Program Sessions

There are 9 program sessions available for sponsorship (listed below). Please select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice on the registration form.

DAY ONE
Tuesday November 16
Awareness

DAY TWO
Wednesday, November 17
Availability

DAY THREE
Thursday, November 18
Access

08:30 – 09:30 EST | 14:30 – 15:30 CET

Defy the Odds: An update on PPTA’s Campaign to Increase Plasma Donations

Increasing Plasma Availability: The Case Studies of Canada, the UK, and Poland

Latin America: Plasma Protein Therapies to Meet Patients' Needs

10:00 – 11:00 EST | 16:00 – 17:00 CET

Communication Campaigns to Raise Awareness of the Need for Plasma Donations

Donor Adverse Events Study: What We Learned and What Comes Next

Pathogen Safety: Not Losing the Focus

11:30 – 12:30 EST | 17:30 – 18:30 CET

Developing the WHO Guidance on Access to Plasma and PDMPs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Strengthening the EU Blood Directive: Meeting the Needs of Plasma Donors and Patients Using Plasma-Derived Medicines

Challenges to Access to Ig Therapies in a Post-Pandemic Environment

Networking Sessions

There are 3 GPS days available for sponsorship of the networking sessions (listed below). Please select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice on the registration form.

DAY ONE
Tuesday November 16
Awareness

DAY TWO
Wednesday, November 17
Availability
DAY THREE
Thursday, November 18
Access

09:30 – 10:00 EST | 15:30 – 16:00 CET

Networking Session

11:00 – 11:30 EST | 17:00 – 17:30 CET

Networking Session

Exhibit & Sponsor Registration Form

Deadline to register as a Sponsor/Exhibitor is September 24, 2021
Content/materials for all sponsorships due by October 8, 2021


Please contact Michelle Mason with any questions

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Thank you 2021 GPS Sponsors & Exhibitors!

PROGRAM SESSION SPONSORS
AsahiKASEI BIOPROCESS
Haemonetics Logo RED 1
NETWORKING SESSION SPONSORS
Haemonetics Logo RED 1
VIRTUAL BOOTH SPONSORS
Headspring 1

For more information about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, contact:
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