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Rapid Sterility Testing

Of Gene and Cell Therapy Products

Free Webinar

November 24, 2021


16 June 2020



Lori Daane
Pharma Microbiology Scientific Director at bioMérieux 

Dr. Michael J. Miller
President of Microbiology Consultants, LLC 



Gene and cell therapy products, also known as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP), present unique challenges for Quality Control release testing due to their very short shelf life, fast medical need for dosing patients, and limited availability of product for sterility testing. As such, meeting the requirements for existing compendial sterility test methods is often difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

This web seminar will focus on recent regulatory policy changes, compendial recommendations and industry best practices for alternative approaches to sterility testing of gene and cell therapy products. A review of Ph. Eur. 2.6.27 (Microbiological Examination of Cell-Based Preparations), USP informational chapter <1071> (Rapid Sterility Testing of Short-Life Products: A Risk-Based Approach), EU Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practice Specific to ATMPs and FDA’s Guidance on Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control (CMC) Information for Human Gene Therapy Investigational New Drug Applications will be provided.

The information provided will be supported by case studies on selecting a relevant sterility test sample and an appropriate sample size for the release of gene and cell therapy products.


Dr. Lori Daane

Sr. Director, Scientific Affairs, Healthcare | bioMérieux


Dr. Michael Miller

Pharmaceutical Microbiology Consultant and Rapid Microbiological Methods Expert