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WBF names keynote speakers for 2007 North American Conference

Research Triangle Park, NC (February 8, 2007) - WBF has announced that Dr. Paul McKenzie, Vice President and General Manager - LSCC at Bristol Myers Squibb, and Walter Boyes, Editor-in-Chief at CONTROL Magazine, will give keynote addresses at the WBF 2007 North American Conference. This year's conference will be held April 30 - May 3, 2007 at the Tremont Grand Conference Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. McKenzie's keynote address, entitled "ISA-88 - It's Not Just for Batch Anymore," will give an overview of the Bristol Myers Squibb systems in pharmaceutical development. Topics will include the BMS Pharmaceutical Development road map for laboratory systems, quality systems, and process control. McKenzie will also discuss achieving harmonization, focusing on consistent facility capabilities, standard procedures approach, and reduced/shared documentation.

The address will give attendees more information on standardizing equipment, operations and data collection, and creating a seamless link with SAP for management of materials. Dr. McKenzie will share his insights on "plug-n-play" analytical instrumentation, real time batch reporting, modeling and implications for technology transfer, ISA-88 and the laboratory, and bottom-line results.

Dr. McKenzie is currently Vice President & General Manager of LSCC, Technical Operations, in the Worldwide Medicines Group of Bristol Myers Squibb Company. In this role, he is responsible for the design, construction and start-up of the new biologics plant in Devens, Massachusetts.

Previously, McKenzie was Vice President, Technology Transfer, in the Worldwide Medicines Group of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. He, along with his colleagues, created and oversaw the business processes for technology transfer of fermentation, chemical, biologic and drug product processes for new drug candidates from the Pharmaceutical Research Institute to Manufacturing.

The second keynote at the conference will be given by Walter Boyes, Editor-in-Chief of CONTROL Magazine. Boyes will offer his observations, prognostications, and his vision for the future direction of the process automation industry.

Boyes has more than 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, marketing, and product development in the controls and instrumentation industry both for process instruments and environmental controls, including executive committee experience in three companies.

Prior to joining CONTROL, Boyes served as Principal of Spitzer and Boyes, LLC, as an expert at business transformation for small to medium-sized companies. He provided strategic planning, organizational development, business re-organization and electronic business re-engineering services for companies from roughly $5 million to roughly $100 million in revenues per year.

The annual conference which is open to all will feature dozens of presentations on the industry's hottest topics, along with instructor led tutorials on ISA-88, ISA-95, and B2MML. Technical presentations will focus on ISA-88 and 95 applications, Implementing a Standards Based Approach, Batch Models and Advantages, and New and Emerging Technologies. The conference will also provide numerous opportunities for networking and sharing of practical experiences on how to lower costs and improve operations.

About WBF
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs.
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