April 20, 2007 — MCLEAN, VA — INTERPHEX 2007, in partnership with the International RFID Business Association (RFIDba), announced today that Dr. Paul Rudolph, former FDA senior policy advisor, will launch the RFID conference track at Interphex 2007 with an update on statutory and regulatory oversight of the pharmaceutical supply chain and its effect on RFID tagging of products. With a heavy emphasis on electronic pedigree and authentication security the three day RFID conference track “will provide attendees with the knowledge they need so that their firms and clients can make better decisions about the purchase and use of RFID and other technologies that will allow them to receive and pass pedigrees in compliance with state and federal law;” said Dr. Paul Rudolph.
Additionally, the RFIDba has teamed with the RFID Technical Insitute (RTI) to produce a special one-day, pre-conference RFID class for pharmaceutical professionals, on Monday, April 23, 2007 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY. The class is entitled, “Leveraging RFID, Sensor and Wireless Technologies for Manufacturing Process Improvement and Supply Chain Efficiency”, targets a number of key topics including: The Next Wave of RFID, Sensor & Wireless Principles and Practices; The Viability and Reality of RFID-enabled Pharmaceutical e-Pedigree; and RFID applied to Manufacturing Process Improvement, Asset Management and Enhanced Packaging Design.
“The addition of this education program to the popular INTERPHEX 2007 event is indicative of the growing awareness that education, training and certification is essential to preparing the industry workforce to properly implement RFID to ensure the integrity of the drug supply chain,” commented Gene Fedors, vice president, education programs, for RTI.
Mr. Fedors, who collaborated with INTERPHEX and the International RFID Business Association to design the program specifically for this event, noted, “This class has been designed to give attendees a solid technology grounding in the latest RFID advances while building insight into the key RFID business challenges and opportunities across the Life Sciences value chain. The program provides a concentrated learning opportunity for pharmaceutical professionals who want to understand the evolving role and impact of RFID on their workplace.”
According to Harry Pappas, founder and CEO of the RFIDba, “With the emphasis that the US Food & Drug Administration is placing on the role of RFID in ensuring the integrity of the drug supply chain, there is keen interest among delegates in the latest advances in RFID, their value in improving work processes and the business case for the technology’s deployment. We are delighted to be able to offer delegates the opportunity to learn from the diverse RTI faculty and distinguished conference speakers.”
Upon successful completion of the class, participants will also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from DeVry University CCE and a course completion certificate from the RFID Technical Institute. The fee for the event is $545. For additional program details, or to register, see: http://www.interphex.com
About the International RFID Business Associatio(RFIDba)
The International RFID Business Association (RFIDba) is a not-for profit trade association serving end-users with guidelines, programs and standards for RFID education, training and certification. Through its International Council on RFID Education (ICORETM), the Association is defining workplace requirements for RFID job skills and knowledge, and developing standards for RFID education, training and certification of end users as well as systems integrators.
Headquartered in McLean, VA, USA, the Association has affiliate operations in Europe, India, Australia and Asia-Pacific. It has end-user representation in 28 countries and a global membership base drawn from industry, government and academia. Membership is open to end user organizations and individuals from all industries and government sectors, including systems integrators, educators and technology vendors. Information on RFIDba mission and membership is available at http://www.rfidbusiness.org.
About the RFID Technical Institute (RTI)
The RFID Technical Institute, Inc. (RTI) is a global educational services company. The organization designs, develops and delivers university-level education programs, seminars and workshops, for both the private and government sectors. Staffed by experienced practitioners, educators and thought leaders in wireless and RFID technologies, the Institute’s products and services address both the business and technology aspects of auto-identification systems, RFID solutions and supply chain performance improvement. Its curriculum and seminar offerings are developed in close association with end-users and standards organizations, such that students can develop the knowledge and skills they require in the workplace. The company’s educational products and services are delivered directly to corporations and government agencies or through accredited universities, trade associations and other learning institutions. For more information about the RFID Technical Institute visit http://www.rfidtech.com.
The INTERPHEX Conference and Exhibition is the world’s largest gathering of professionals and technology providers for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing industry, now in its 28th year. Scheduled for 24-26 April at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the INTERPHEX 2007 exhibition will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors, an expanded conference program, and a high-profile roster of speakers. INTERPHEX is the world’s most trusted source for insight into issues, education, products and services, with a wealth of innovative strategies and solutions for company and project success. For information, visit http://www.interphex.com.