ISA 2016 FPID Symposium

  • March 08, 2016
  • ISA
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March 8, 2016) — Leading innovators and other professionals involved in automating food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing—and two highly distinguished keynote speakers—will highlight the 2016 ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries (FPID) Symposium, 14-15 March in beautiful Cork, Ireland.

This dynamic event will explore how automation can help address critical challenges—relating to regulatory requirements, manufacturing costs, security threats and other concerns—within the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Special attention will examine the role of automation technology and innovation in meeting longer-term global dynamics and demands.

Conference sessions, led by the world’s leading experts, will cover a wide range of critical issues and topics, including:

  • Serialization
  • Track and Trace
  • Data integrity
  • Digitization
  • Cybersecurity
  • Automation/biotech
  • Process optimization
  • Automation to Survive – Industry 4.0
  • Equipment effectiveness
  • Alarm management

Daily networking luncheons and receptions will set the stage for mingling, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

Two outstanding keynote speakers Two widely recognized leaders in automation—Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Services at Biogen; and Peter Martin, Ph.D., Vice President and Fellow at Schneider Electric Company—will deliver keynote addresses during the event. Below are the presentation titles and abstracts as well as summary biographies of these two highly remarkable speakers.

“Driving Change through Innovation and Standards” Speaker: Paul McKenzie

Presentation abstract We are all familiar with the old adage “better-faster-cheaper, Pick Two.” However, in today’s world of product development and manufacturing, all three are needed and needed now. Organizations are tasked with moving diverse and complex pipelines forward in record time with undivided attention required for product quality, safety and reliability of manufacturing.  These challenges don’t require incremental change in the operating model but revolutionary change in our model.  In this talk, we will discuss activities, specifically process and product innovation geared to customer value and standards-based thinking for product lifecycle management and partnership models. We will discuss the implications for the processes, plants and people to ensure successful commercial products.

Presenter summary bio Paul McKenzie is the Senior Vice President for Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Services at Biogen, a position he assumed earlier this year.

As Senior Vice President for Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Operations, McKenzie is responsible for the manufacturing, engineering, and manufacturing sciences operations in Denmark, Switzerland, Massachusetts and North Carolina. These large-scale biopharmaceutical facilities cover drug substance and finished goods with a focus on next-generation automation and manufacturing.  McKenzie oversees the production of life-changing medicines to patients around the world with five commercial products available, including AvonexTM, TysabriTM, ElocatateTM, AlprolixTM  and PeglidryTM. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Operations & Technology Leadership Team where he brings a strong focus to ensuring clinical supply of product and providing patient convenience.

Prior to his current role, McKenzie was the Vice President of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, Ethicon Research & Development (R&D). As a member of the Ethicon Global Management Board and the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices R&D Leadership Team, he was responsible for R&D’s global strategy, portfolio prioritization and execution, resource strategy and development, and advancement of R&D talent.

McKenzie holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served on numerous professional and academic boards, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees on the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Society for Biological Engineering.


“Innovation and a Future Perspective on Automation and Control” Speaker: Peter Martin

Presentation abstract Industrial automation is a field in which continual and impactful innovations have occurred over the last century. Today there are a number of key initiatives and technologies in industrial automation, such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Industrie 4.0, cloud computing, and big data analytics that, taken as a whole, may be indicative of a period of breakthrough innovation that has not been seen since the introduction of the computer as a delivery vehicle for control. This presentation will investigate the different levels of innovation, why industrial automation and control may be at an inflection point leading to inspirational innovation and what this might in terms of performance improvements for food and pharmaceutical companies.

Presenter summary bio Peter Martin is widely recognized as one of the most influential professionals and experts in automation and control. He has held a range of executive and technical positions in engineering, product and strategic planning, marketing and training throughout his career. He served as Vice President of Invensys Operations Management for 37 years.

Dr. Martin holds multiple patents, including patents for dynamic performance measures, real-time activity-based costing, closed-loop business control, and asset and resource modeling. He has published numerous articles and technical papers, and has authored or co-authored six books. An ISA Fellow, Dr. Martin is a recipient of the ISA Life Achievement Award, and has been named as one of the 50 most influential innovators of all time in instrumentation and controls.

He has earned numerous academic degrees, including: a bachelor of arts degree and master of science degree in mathematics; a master of arts degree in administration and management, a master of arts and a doctorate degree in biblical studies; and a doctorate degree in industrial engineering.

Take advantage of two ISA training opportunities Attendees will add value to their event experience by taking an on-location ISA training course. Two high-value ISA courses are offered:

Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems (IC39C)

Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards (IC32C)

Learn about the latest products and services An exhibit showcase will feature the latest product and service information at engaging vendor and supplier exhibits. Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are still available, providing an opportunity to directly connect with key decision makers.

Register for this remarkable event today  

About ISA The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

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