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Rick Pierro, co-founder and president of Superior Controls, will be a keynote speaker, presenting “The Future of Biotech Automation” at the January 18, 2018 meeting of the Boston Area Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).  The presentation is part of an educational evening on process control topics held jointly with the International Society of Automation (ISA) Boston chapter.  The program will be of special interest to process engineers, automation engineers, and others employed in the manufacturing and production of therapeutics.

Take an exciting walk through the history of automation from the early PLCs into the present and future.  During the presentation, Rick will recap events ranging from early automation in the ‘70s to the current state of biotech automation.  Rick will answer questions such as:

  • What’s currently happening in automation and where are we going?
  • Will batching be gone forever?
  • Will we all be using single-use components in a continuous process?
  • Will we all be wearing Google Glass devices, following instructions from some brainy robot, and working with our heads in the electronic cloud?

Join us for a visit to the past, present and future of biotech automation.  Event details are below.

Rick Pierro – Biography

Mr. Rick Pierro is president/CEO and co-founder of Superior Controls, a 25-year old global automation company with 125 engineers providing custom, validated automation and IT systems to the biotech industry.

Rick serves on the board of five private medical device and power supply companies.  In addition, he is chairman of the board of MindChild Medical (FDA approved Fetal EKG monitoring device), serves on the “Control Systems Integrator Association” board, the “Control Engineering” magazine advisory board, the UNH and UMass Lowell Chemical Engineering advisory boards, and is a past president of the Boston Area Chapter of ISPE.  He is a founding investor in three separate biotech OEMs that were successfully sold to publicly-listed manufacturers in the biotech industry. Rick is a frequent guest speaker on automation, validation and future trends in automation.

Mr. Pierro received an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Lowell-Mass in 1983 and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boston University in 1981.  For more information on Rick’s career and credentials, click here.

Event information
ISPE Boston Area Chapter
Networking reception, light refreshments and presentation
Jan 18, 2018 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Location: Takeda Pharmaceuticals, 35 Landsdowne St., Cambridge