Previous Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshops...
The Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop (formerly known as the INAD Workshop) is normally held every summer during early August in Bozeman, MT. The Workshop is intended for anyone interested in collaborative efforts to obtain FDA-approval of new animal drugs for use in aquaculture. Also, the Workshop is a great opportunity to present your research, learn from others and meet with representatives of drug companies and FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
2010: The 16th Annual US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop was another winner. The 2010 Workshop, held in our home base of Bozeman, Montana, hosted a few less attendees than in the past; 56 total all from the USA. Even though the numbers may have been small, the representation was about as broad as one could ask for; 6 pharmaceutical firms (12 attendees), 7 state agencies, 5 federal agencies (20 attendees), 4 universities and 3 private firms. Of the pharmaceutical firms, one (Pennfield Animal Health) was a first time participant.
As in the past when the Workshop has been held in Bozeman, the attendees were offered, in addition to an excellent program of technical sessions, a variety of evening or afternoon activities, all of which would not have been possible had it not been for the generous donations of pharmaceutical sponsors. The Monday night welcome social was sponsored by Syndel Labs Ltd. and Western Chemical Inc. Tuesday evening's picnic at beautiful Hyalite Reservoir was courtesy of Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health. Morning or afternoon break refreshments were provided by the suppport of BL Mitchell, Inc and AQUI-S New Zealand. Thursday afternoon's raft trip was sponsored by Pennfield Animal Health and the picnic following the raft trip was sponsored by Bimeda. In addition to the aforementioned activities, which have been part of the routine when Bozeman is the venue, a new activity was added this year. The folks at Western Chemical, Inc. teamed up with Dan Carty from AADAP to host a 1/3/5 Fun Run/Walk (aka the "Trout Trot"). Although only less than a dozen brave souls participated this year, it is sure to remain as part of the Workshop. Sorry for the name of the activity, but we just had to do it. TO ALL THE SPONSORS, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!
For those not able to attend this year's event, the vast majority of the presentations from the Workshop have been placed on the web and can be accessed at the following page on AADAP's website. Addtionally, on the same page, there is a collage of pictures taken at the after-session activities: http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/aadap/inadworkshop10.htm.
2009: 15th Annual US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop was a great success and is now history: This year's Workshop was graciously hosted by the US Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service's Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center, and was held on 9-11 June in Little Rock, Arkansas USA. The Workshop was well attended, with its 74 participants traveling from 21 states, as well as Canada and Germany. In particular, US southeastern states were well represented, which is often not the case when the Workshop is held in its home city of Bozeman, Montana USA.
The three-day Workshop followed a format similar to previous Workshops, primarily focusing on 1) drugs identified by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Drug Approval Working Group (DAWG) as high priority to state, federal and tribal natural resource agencies and 2) other drugs for whichwork aimed at fulfilling US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval requirements is ongoing. The session for each drug comprised technical reports pertaining to approval-related studies, as well as status reports on the overall approval process.
Our USDA host, the folks at the Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center did a fantastic job of making the Workshop not only informative, but enjoyable, especially during the after-session hours. We would like to offer a special thanks to Dave Straus and Cindy Ledbetter for their efforts. Those not familiar with “southern hospitality” were introduced to it in fine style. Festivities began the night before the Workshop, per se, with a mixer/social at a local brew-pub. During the first evening of the Workshop, attendees were treated to a catfish fry held at the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission's Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. After the last day's session, attendees took a tour of four local aquaculture facilities followed by an amazing crawdad (aka crawfish, crayfish, mud bug or crab, depending on which region of the USA these critters are found) boil. Special thanks goes out to Pool Fisheries, Anderson Minnow Farm, Hopper- Stevens Hatchery and Keo Fish Farms for providing the tours and allowing us the opportunity to see what it really takes to raise fish destined for domestic sales.
The only “complaints” heard during the Workshop pertained to heat of one kind or the other, i.e., “...it sure is hot and humid here…” and “…wow, these crawdads sure are spicy hot…” And in some cases both types of heat caused the perspiration to flow in excess!
Although the information-transfer portion of the Workshop could have been made available in a relatively austere setting, the generous contributions from a host of sponsors made that transfer of information so much more enjoyable and effective. Sponsors for this year's Workshop included (in alphabetical order): Arkansas Agriculture Department - Aquaculture Division, Arkansas Bait and Ornamental Fish Grower's Association, Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board, Aquatic Life Sciences, B. L. Mitchell Inc., Bimeda, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Frontier Scientific Inc., Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health Corp., and the USDA/ARS Professional Activities Grants Committee. Many thanks goes out to all of them; it wouldn't have been the success it was without their help.
In an effort to share as much of the information offered during the Workshop as possible, the majority of the presentations are now on AADAP‟s Website and can be viewed by clicking here.
2008: : This year's 14th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop was once again held in Bozeman, Montana, and by all accounts was another very successful meeting focused on wide-ranging and collaborative drug approval efforts. It also appears to have been a "record breaker" with 89 registered workshop attendees. Not only was it a record-breaker for total attendance, but FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine also broke a personal participation record by sending 13 members of their staff. CVMer's attending covered a broad spectrum of experience and Center expertise - all the way from a summer student intern (Ms. Courtney Coddington) to two Office Directors (Dr. Steve Vaughn, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation and Dr. Meg Oeller, Office of Minor Use and Minor Species).
A special thanks goes out to the many folks that provided presentations/updates on completed, planned, and ongoing work. Special appreciation is also expressed to representatives of senior management of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for providing keynotes addresses detailing their respective agency‘s role in overall collaborative drug approval efforts. As we are all very well aware, the aquatic species drug approval "game" is most definitely a "team sport."
This year's Workshop would not have been possible if it were not for the generous monetary assistance provided by a number of the chemical, pharmaceutical and feed companies attending. Our hats go off to Aquatic Life Sciences, Inc., Axcentive SARL, Bimeda USA, BioOregon/Skretting, Carus Chemical, Eka Chemical, Frontier Scientific Inc., Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and Novartis Animal Health. We can't say THANK YOU enough!!!
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentations from the 14th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workhop.
2007: The 13th Annual Workshop returned to Bozeman, Montana this year. Each year they just seem to get better and better, and this year was no exception. Officially 72 registered and were in attendance. Special thanks goes out to all that attended and made the workshop the success it was. Extra special appreciation is expressed to representatives or senior management of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, US Geological Survey, US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for attending and providing keynotes addresses. See below for more information on the Workshop.
The 2007 Workshop would not have been possible if it were not for the generous assistance of the chemical and pharmaceutical companies attending. Our hats go off to Axcentive SARL, Frontier Scientific Inc., Intervet Inc., Novartis Animal Health, Schering-Plough Animal Health and Western Chemical Inc. Thank you, thank you!!
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentations from the 13th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workhop.
2006: The 12th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop was held in La Crosse, Wisconsin on 1-2 August 2006 at the Radisson Hotel. The hosts of this year’s Workshop hope you enjoyed your stay in La Crosse. The workshop was attended by 87 participants. Of the participants, 18 represented pharmaceutical companies interested in aquaculture drugs. Many people agreed that the lead-off speakers were exceptional; Gary and Meg, thanks for coming! The first session included presentations by representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The presentations were well prepared and informative, and some are currently available on the web. The balance of the workshop included presentations concerning the development and status of aquaculture drugs under investigation. Included in those sessions, were insightful presentations by researchers and a number of drug company representatives. During the workshop, the break refreshments complemented an atmosphere fostering informal discussions among researchers and representatives from CVM, hatcheries, and drug companies. Workshop participants were impressed and appreciated the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) tour where they were introduced to the comprehensive capabilities of the Center. The Tuesday evening paddlewheel boat ride was well received. The boat ride not only provided a scenic view of the Mississippi River, but also a cool breeze, great food, and cold beverages to offset a hot summer day. A warm thanks to Roz Schnick for hosting the picnic at her home located on Lake Onalaska. The picnic was attended by about 70 people who again enjoyed pleasant conversation, great food, and cold beverages. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Office of Continuing Education and Extension, for all the help coordinating the workshop. Finally, a hearty mid-western thanks to the drug companies who sponsored the workshop amenities and evening activities. Click here to view a few Workshop photos.
For other materials, such an agenda and an event brochure, refer to the following site: http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/dacw/dac_workshop.html.
2005: The 11th Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop (formerly known as the INAD Workshop) was held this past year (2005) on August 2nd & 3rd in Bozeman, Montana, and by all accounts was a great success. The 2005 Workshop rewrote the record books, with approximately 80 participants in attendance. As in the past, there was broad representation from pharmaceutical companies, academia, state and federal resource/research agencies, private aquaculture companies and federal regulatory agencies.
In an effort to make as much of the information exchanged at the Workshop available to as many interested parties as possible, most of the presentations from the Workshop and the associated JSA Biologics Focus Group meeting (held 1 August 2005) are provided in the links below. A few presentations are still being cleared for publication and will be made available when approved.
Clicking on either the Workshop or the Biologics meeting below will take you to their respective Final agenda. Those presentations noted in a color other than black may be accessed by clicking on the presentation.