SOCMA Announces Affiliation with “Single-Use" Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA)

December 14, 2009

Media Contact:
Christine Sanchez
Manager, Public Relations & Media
(202) 721-4182
Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce that the Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA), an industry trade group that promotes the implementation of single-use biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, will be affiliated with SOCMA effective immediately.

“We welcome BPSA to our growing family of affiliate groups,” said SOCMA President and CEO Joseph Acker.  “With this affiliation, SOCMA members around the world will be introduced to potential suppliers and customers in the biopharmaceutical processing industry.”

BPSA operated under SPI: The Plastic Industry Trade Association until October 2009, when the group announced plans to realign with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology business communities.  The Washington, DC-based BPSA organization facilitates information exchange regarding single-use systems among suppliers, users, potential users and government agencies through education and sharing of best practices. Corporate members include film and resin suppliers, plastic equipment component manufacturers, contract testing laboratories, systems integrators and end-users.

BPSA is overseen by an 11-member Executive Board, chaired by Jerold Martin, Senior Vice President of Pall Life Science. 

“We are pleased to have established ourselves with SOCMA as our new affiliate partner, and are looking forward to increasing the value of BPSA to current and new members over the next three years,” said Martin.  “As an affiliated trade association under SOCMA, BPSA will benefit from the collective SOCMA staff resources, management and expertise.”

For more than 30 years, SOCMA has managed various separately funded, affiliated associations and consortia. They address specific chemical or process advocacy, regulatory, testing, stewardship, or technical issues that are of common concern or interest to a particular sector of the chemical industry. Each group is managed independently with its own membership, budget and governance.

BPSA has retained the services of Kevin Ott, principal of Ott Consulting LLC, to manage BPSA on an ongoing basis.  He can be contacted via email at BPSA’s new address is: 1850 M Street, NW, Ste. 700, Washington, DC, 20036.


SOCMA is the leading trade association, serving the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry since 1921. SOCMA’s nearly 300 members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information please visit

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program.  ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint left by member’s facilities.  Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance.  To learn more visit