Virtual Innovation Day - Accelerate Innovation with Lonza Engine™

September 15, 2020

Virtual Innovation Day Overview

Event Name: Accelerate Innovation with Lonza Engine™

Original Air Date: Tuesday, September 15th

Time: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

The Lonza Engine™ equipment portfolio has been created to support bioavailability enhancement, encapsulation and early-phase clinical development technologies. It offers  capsule filling and sealing machines  and powder micro-dosing equipment.

Attendees will also gain insight about the host of Technical Services available to all Lonza capsule customers, including support on blending & mixing, the most efficient and effective use of excipients, formulation physical testing, and of course the secrets behind successful encapsulation.

Topics Include:

  • Lonza Engine™ - State-of-the-art biopharmaceutical capsule equipment
  • Successful Encapsulation
  • Required Excipients
  • Formulation Physical Testing
  • Blending and Mixing

Meet the Speakers


Vaughn DuBow, Marketing Manager

Vaughn DuBow is the North American Marketing Manager at Lonza for their Hard Capsule, Ingredient, and Dosage Form Solutions portfolios. With over 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and fitness industries, Vaughn is a proven leader with an in-depth understanding of product development and marketing within the health and nutrition sectors. Vaughn’s background includes Alfasigma USA, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Gaspari Nutrition, and iForce Nutrition, where he successfully managed product formulation, business development, and market research for core flagship brands.


Mary Ellen Johnson, Product Manager

Mary Ellen Johnson is a Product Manager for Lonza’s Capsules and Health Ingredients business unit focusing on End-to-End Solutions and the OTC product portfolio. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from East Carolina University. Mary Ellen started with Capsugel as a Territory Sales Manager, marketing hard gelatin and specialty polymer capsules within the OTC industry. She specialized in working with high and mid-level OTC accounts to develop capsule focused projects within product development and R&D teams. From there she joined the marketing team focused on building the strategies and visions for the OTC capsule product lines.


Tim Sopko, Senior Technical Service Engineer

Tim Sopko is currently Senior Technical Quality Engineer for Lonza’s Capsules and Health Ingredients. He started at Capsugel, prior to the Lonza acquisition, twenty years ago and has over four decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. During his extensive career, Tim has been involved in most aspects of R & D, Testing, QA/QC, Supervision, Processing and Project Management, including Quality Control, Oncology/Parenteral Filling, Clinical Research & Manufacture, Granulation, Blending, Liquid and Powder Oral Dosage Formulation, and Laboratory to Production Scale-Up Operations. A major part of his career continues to be troubleshooting various logistical problems that occur between Research/lab-scale Operations and the Production Department during technology transfer for all of North America.

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