Conference sessions are comprised of technical papers, panels, and case studies on the latest issues impacting the industry. Get the most up-to-date information from leading industry experts in your fields. 

 Program subject to change. More session presentations will be added below as they are approved.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Robotics in Cleanrooms and Controlled Environments
9:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Central Time

Details coming soon.

Critical Environments and Advanced Research and Development Facilities
1 - 2:50 p.m. Central Time
Chair: Ahmad Soueid, HDR Architecture, Inc.


  • Critical Environments for Quantum Research: Stability is Key - Jack Paul, HDR Architecture

Contamination Control in the Cannabis Industry
3:10 - 5 p.m. Central Time
Chair: Dijana Hadziselimovic, STERIS


  • Best Practices for Ensuring Patient & Consumer Safety in Cannabis and Hemp Manufacturing: A Novel Approach for Cleaning and Disinfection - Dijana Hadziselimovic, STERIS
  • Designing Processes to Mitigate Microbial Risk in Commercial Cannabis Manufacturing Facilities - Paul Lopolito, STERIS

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Environmental Monitoring
8 - 9:50 a.m. Central Time
Chair: Information coming soon


  • Advances in Cleanroom Environmental Monitoring and Control - Howard Abramowitz, Aircare Automation and Heath Throneberry, AJ Manufacturing
  • Detecting Aerosol Events Caused by Nanoparticles - Michael Turnure, TSI, Inc.

Contamination Control in Controlled Environments
10:10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central Time
Chair: Dave Nobile, Contec

  • Applications of Process Intensification Factor and Cost Impact Factor in Optimizing Ultrasonic/Megasonic Cleaning Processes - Dr. Ramamurthy Nagarajan, IIT Madras
  • History of Cleanroom Standards Development - Bud Frith, Consultant
  • Cautionary Considerations for Tack Cloth and AMS3819 - John Lyman, J Lyman Industries, Inc.
Garmenting in Cleanrooms, Compounding Pharmacies, and Other Controlled Environments
3 - 4:50 p.m. Central Time
Details coming soon.


Thursday, May 11, 2023

GMP Annex 1
8 - 9:50 a.m. Central Time
Chair: Jim Polarine, STERIS

Annex I was updated and finalized this year in August. This session will focus on several key aspects of Annex I which include developing a Contamination Control Strategy, Environmental Monitoring, Bioburden and Particle control in cleanrooms, RABS, and Isolators. One of the key focuses of Annex I is to remove operators from the aseptic area by utilizing RABS and isolator technologies. The new Annex I is a concerted effort to move the industry forward in contamination control, rapid methods, environmental monitoring, cleaning and disinfection as well as newer technologies for isolating and preventing contamination during aseptic production. There are several new updated sections of Annex I which cleanroom facilities will need to become complaint with by August 2023.


  • EU GMP Annex 1 Changes and Impact to Sterilization of Product Contact Equipment - Renee Buthe, STERIS
  • A Roadmap to a Successful Contamination Control Strategy (CCS):  Covering Annex I Updates and FDA Warning Letters and 483’s - Jim Polarine, STERIS

Cleanroom Microbiology
10:10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central Time

Details coming soon.

Special Topics and Trends in the Industry
1 - 2:50 p.m.
Chair: Jim Polarine, STERIS

This session will focus on supply chain management, supply chain disruptions, the effects of the pandemic on labor shortages in the cleanroom industry, and business continuity. Contamination control and validation topics will also be included in this session. The special topics session will include presentations and topics that are cutting edge and not included in the other sessions this year at ESTECH.

The New USP Chapter 797 
3:10 - 5 p.m. Central Time
Chair: Michael Myers, Contec


  • Defining New Categories and BUDs - Mary Nazal, Critical Compounding Resources
  • Cleaning and Disinfection - Michael Myers, Contec
  • Hand Hygiene and Garbing/GFS Personnel Training - Mary Nazal, Critical Compounding Resources and Michael Myers, Contec
  • Movement of Materials into the PEC and SEC - Michael Myers, Contec



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