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Taxi/Uber/Lyft | Time ~20 minutes | Costs $33 for Taxi, varies for ridesharing apps . View taxi and ride-sharing options

Bus/Shuttle | Time ~35 minutes | Costs $1.25 for CapMetro, varies for other options. View bus/shuttle options

Rental Cars – Renting a car in Texas is one of the best ways to get around. View car rental options

If you’re flying to the Summit, we strongly recommend that you fly to Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). Dallas area airports are 3 to 3.5 hours drive away and Houston area airports are 2.5-3 hours drive away, depending on traffic. ABIA is a 20 minute drive from the summit venue at Hotel Zaza.

Unfortunately no, although we would love to be able to offer this remotely, we feel that the best experience for Digital CMC Summit is live and in person. 

The Digital CMC Summit team is committed to the health and safety of all of its attendees and is continually monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and other viral events and will follow state and federal guidelines as circumstances evolve. Should an increased risk of any outbreak become a reality surrounding the event, we will communicate directly to ticket holders regarding the situation and options.

Yes! We have a preferred rate with Hotel Zaza, where the event will be held. We are sending discount codes directly to registrants via email to take advantage of this special rate. Discounted rate expires 10/9, or when the room block is full. With that in mind, we recommend booking your room as early as possible.

Our team will have professional videographers recording the sessions. These recordings will be shared with attendees after the summit. We encourage attendees to capture the event, but kindly request that attendees refrain from using flash photography during speaking sessions.

At Digital CMC Conference our attendees encompass diversity from across the globe, spanning all walks of life. In bringing together our unique backgrounds, we can work together to build a collaborative, considerate and respectful environment to encourage professional and personal growth for all.

We expect that each and every attendee behaves professionally and refrains from any sort of discriminatory, demeaning or harassing behavior.

Attendees in violation of this code of conduct may be asked to leave without refund at the discretion of the summit organizers.

If at any time, you experience any distress or individuals breaching this code of conduct, alert summit organizers on site immediately.

We thank you for making this a welcoming and friendly event for all.

Early bird pricing runs through October 9th. Promotion dates are subject to change.

Hotel ZaZa is committed to providing an experience that can be accessed by all, including those with disabilities. View full details here

With all of the summit events being conveniently held at Hotel ZaZa, those who stay at Hotel ZaZa will not need any transportation for the summit events. The Summit Soiree evening event is held offsite at Malverde, which is in close proximity to the event site/hotel. (0.2 miles, ~4 minute walk)

All tickets must be pre-purchased ahead of the event. Early bird tickets run through October 9th. Regular priced tickets run through October 30th. Promotions may be subject to change.

Reach out directly to to discuss speaking/panel opportunities.

Reach out directly to to get breakdown of sponsorship packages.

Your summit ticket includes access to breakfast and lunch on 11/1 and 11/2. You’ll also get access to our evening events, including our kickoff dinner on day 1 and the Summit Soiree on day 2.

Reach out directly to your customer success team contact to check eligibility.

Digital CMC Summit tickets are fully refundable outside of any fees from our ticketing partner Eventbrite. For refund requests, click here and submit a request under the contact organizer module at the very bottom of the screen.

Terms & Conditions

All tickets must be pre-purchased ahead of the event. Early bird tickets run through October  9th, 2023. Regular priced tickets run through October 30th, 2023. Promotions may be subject to change. Digital CMC Summit tickets are fully refundable outside of any fees from our ticketing partner Eventbrite. For refund requests, submit a request under the contact organizer module at the very bottom of the Eventbrite Digital CMC page. By registering for the event, you agree to abide by all generally applicable rules and conditions that have been provided or otherwise made known to you. Digital CMC Summit reserves the right to revoke access to any entity or individual and refund ticket cost.

Robert Dimitri, M.S., M.B.A.

Director Digital Quality Systems, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Robert Dimitri is a Director of Digital Quality Systems in Thermofisher’s Pharma Services Group. Previously he was a Digital Transformation and Innovation Lead in Takeda’s Business Excellence for the Biologics Operating Unit while leading Digital and Data Sciences groups in Manufacturing Sciences at Takeda’s Massachusetts Biologics Site.

Devendra Deshmukh

Global Head, Digital Science Business Operations, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Devendra Deshmukh currently leads Global Business Operations for Digital Science Solutions at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role he oversees operations broadly for the business across its product portfolio and leads the global professional services, technical support, and product education teams.

Grant Henderson

Sr. Dir. Manufacturing Science and Technology, VernalBio

Grant Henderson is the Senior Director of Manufacturing Science and Technology at Vernal Biosciences. He has years of expertise in pharmaceutical manufacturing process development/characterization, advanced design of experiments, and principles of operational excellence.

Ryan Nielsen

Life Sciences Global Sales Director, Rockwell Automation

Ryan Nielsen is the Life Sciences Global Sales Director at Rockwell Automation. He has over 17 years of industry experience and a passion for collaboration in solving complex problems and adding value to the life sciences space.

Shameek Ray

Head of Quality Manufacturing Informatics, Zifo

Shameek Ray is the Head of Quality Manufacturing Informatics and Zifo and has extensive experience in implementing laboratory informatics and automation for life sciences, forensics, consumer goods, chemicals, food and beverage, and crop science industries. With his background in services, consulting, and product management, he has helped numerous labs embark on their digital transformation journey.

Max Peterson​

Lab Data Automation Practice Manager, Zifo

Max Petersen is the Lab Data Automation Practice Manager at Zifo responsible for developing strategy for their Lab Data Automation Solution (LDAS) offerings. He has over 20 years of experience in informatics and simulation technologies in life sciences, chemicals, and materials applications.

Michael Stapleton

Life Sciences Luminary and Influencer

Michael Stapleton is a life sciences leader with success spanning leadership roles in software, consumables, instruments, services, consulting, and pharmaceuticals. He is a constant innovator, optimist, influencer, and digital thought leader identifying the next strategic challenge in life sciences, executing and operationalizing on high impact strategic plans to drive growth.

Matthew Schulze

Head of Digital Pioneering Medicines & Regulatory Systems, Flagship Pioneering

Matt Schulze is currently leading Digital for Pioneering Medicines which is focused on conceiving and developing a unique portfolio of life-changing treatments for patients by leveraging the innovative scientific platforms and technologies within the ecosystem of Flagship Pioneering companies.

Daniel R. Matlis

Founder and President, Axendia

Daniel R. Matlis is the Founder and President of Axendia, an analyst firm providing trusted advice to life science executives on business, technology, and regulatory issues. He has three decades of industry experience spanning all life science and is an active contributor to FDA’s Case for Quality Initiative. Dan is also a member of the FDA’s advisory council on modeling, simulation, and in-silico clinical trials and co-chaired the Product Quality Outcomes Analytics initiative with agency officials.

Kir Henrici

CEO, The Henrici Group

Kir is a life science consultant working domestically and internationally for over 12 years in support of quality and compliance for pharma and biotech. Her deep belief in adopting digital technology and data analytics as the foundation for business excellence and life science innovation has made her a key member of PDA and ISPE – she currently serves on the PDA Regulatory Affairs/Quality Advisory Board

Oliver Hesse

VP & Head of Biotech Data Science & Digitalization, Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Oliver Hesse is the current VP & Head of Biotech Data Science & Digitalization for Bayer, based in Berkeley, California. He has a degree in Biotechnology from TU Berlin and started his career in a Biotech start-up in Germany before joining Bayer in 2008 to work on automation, digitalization, and the application of data science in the biopharmaceutical industry.

John Maguire

Director of Manufacturing Sciences, Sanofi mRNA Center of Excellence

With over 18 years of process engineering experience, John is an expert in the application of process engineering and operational technology in support of the production of life science therapeutics. His work includes plant capability analysis, functional specification development, and the start-up of drug substance manufacturing facilities in Ireland and the United States.

Chris Kopinski

Business Development Executive, Life Sciences and Healthcare at AWS

As a Business Development Executive at Amazon Web Services, Chris leads teams focused on tackling customer problems through digital transformation. This experience includes leading business process intelligence and data science programs within the global technology organizations and improving outcomes through data-driven development practices.

Tim Adkins

Digital Life Science Operations, ZÆTHER

Tim Adkins is a Director of Digital Life Sciences Operations at ZÆTHER, serving the life science industry by assisting companies reach their desired business outcomes through digital IT/OT solutions. He has 30 years of industry experience as an IT/OT leader in global operational improvements and support, manufacturing system design, and implementation programs.

Blake Hotz

Manufacturing Sciences Data Manager, Sanofi

At Sanofi’s mRNA Center of Excellence, Blake Hotz focuses on developing data ingestion and cleaning workflows using digital tools. He has over 5 years of experience in biotech and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S.) and Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) from Tufts University.

Anthony DeBiase

Offering Manager, Rockwell Automation

Anthony has over 14 years of experience in the life science industry focusing on process development, operational technology (OT) implementation, technology transfer, CMC and cGMP manufacturing in biologics, cell therapies, and regenerative medicine.

Andy Zheng

Data Solution Architect, ZÆTHER

Andy Zheng is a Data Solution Architect at ZÆTHER who strives to grow and develop cutting-edge solutions in industrial automation and life science. His years of experience within the software automation field focused on bringing innovative solutions to customers which improve process efficiency.

Sue Plant

Phorum Director, Regulatory CMC, Biophorum

Sue Plant is the Phorum Director of Regulatory CMC at BioPhorum, a leading network of biopharmaceutical organizations that aims to connect, collaborate, and accelerate innovation. With over 20 years of experience in life sciences, regulatory, and technology, she focuses on improving access to medicines through innovation in the regulatory ecosystem.

Yash Sabharwal​

President & CEO, QbDVision

Yash Sabharwal is an accomplished inventor, entrepreneur, and executive specializing in the funding and growth of early-stage technology companies focused on life science applications. He has started 3 companies and successfully exited his last two, bringing a wealth of strategic and tactical experience to the team.

Joschka Buyel

Senior MSAT Scientist at Viralgen, Process and Knowledge Management Scientist at Bayer AG

Joschka is responsible for the rollout and integration of QbDVision at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. He previously worked on various late-stage projects as a Quality-by-Design Expert for Product & Process Characterization, Process Validation, and Transfers. Joschka has a Ph.D. in Drug Sciences from Bonn University and a M.S. and B.S. in Molecular and Applied Biotechnology from the RWTH University.

Luke Guerrero

COO, QbDVision

A veteran technologist and company leader with a global CV, Luke currently oversees the core business operations across QbDVision and its teams. Before joining QbDVision, he developed, grew, and led key practices for international agency Brand Networks, and spent six years deploying technology and business strategies for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ CIO Advisory consulting unit.

Gloria Gadea Lopez

Head of Global Consultancy, Business Platforms | Ph.D., Biosystems Engineering

Gloria Gadea-Lopez is the Head of Global Consultancy at Business Platforms. Using her prior extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, she supports companies in developing strategies and delivering digital systems for successful operations. She holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Food Science (M.S.), and Biosystems Engineering (Ph.D.)

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