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[post_date] => 2019-02-20 09:32:11
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[post_content] => The pharmaceutical supply chain, with its intense focus on quality control and traceability, is at the forefront of logistics technology and provides something of a roadmap for other sectors where careful handling is a must, not least for the petrochemical and chemical industries.
To keep on top of developments, the pharmaceuticals sector has since 2001 gathered once a year for LogiPharma, now Europe’s biggest dedicated supply chain event. This year’s LogiPharma takes place in Montreux, Switzerland from 9 to 11 April and is expected to bring together thousands of supply chain professionals from top pharma, generics and animal health companies. The event provides an expanded, tailored programme to meet the practical needs of those in supply chain strategy, logistics, transportation and distribution, with a heavy focus on digitisation taking centre stage at this year’s event.
As ever, though, it is not just the formal presentations and exhibition stands that draw delegates to the event; the aim of the organisers is to provide a forum where supply chain professionals from the world’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers can meet their counterparts among the logistics providers – and, these days, digital service providers – and learn about the potential for collaboration, innovation and solution development to help them overcome their daily challenges.
CHOOSE YOUR MEDICINE
With such a broad remit, the organisers – WBR – has organised the conference into different tracks to allow delegates to focus on those most relevant to their own operations. The first day begins with opening remarks from the chairman, David Kurk, and keynote addresses from Craig Kennedy, senior vice-president, supply chain, at MSD; Rob Coyle, senior vice-president, global pharma and healthcare at Kuehne + Nagel; and Daniel Hoey, senior vice-president, global supply chain at Teva Pharmaceuticals. After a short break, Markus Hayek, managing director of supply chain and operations strategy at Accenture, will give a masterclass with the title: ‘How to go beyond pilot and build analytics capability within supply chain and manufacturing’.
But following that, delegates have a choice to make: the conference will split into five tracks covering: advancing pharma supply chain strategy; driving intelligent, digitalised, data-drive supply chains; mastering temperature control and logistics; optimising traceability, warehousing and distribution; and synergy workshops.
Those tracks will feature three or more presentations from experts at such companies as Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, DHL, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. And all this before lunch. Coming back to the conference room suitably refreshed, delegates will have the chance to hear more from the same tracks, this time featuring speakers from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Elanco, Amgen, Pfizer, Accenture, Bristol Myers Squibb, Roche, Controlant, Zelia Pharmaceuticals, Santen, AFKLMP Cargo and the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate. Those tracks also continue after the afternoon break.
Prior to a networking reception, the first day’s massive agenda will be rounded off by an inspirational presentation from Bill Morris, expert advisor on strategic projects and programmes for the International Olympic Committee, who will tell delegates what they might be able to learn from the largest logistics undertaking anywhere in the world during peacetime.
The second day will again start with some interesting keynote presentations, covering change management (with Pietro Darpa from Procter & Gamble), an ‘all-star’ panel session on Brexit with live polling, a cross-industry case study from Amer Hussain of Coca Cola, and a panel session on the new role of the supply chain within pharma organisations moderated by Paolo Rosanna, vice-president of life sciences and healthcare at DHL.
After the morning break, James Gregson, partner in UK healthcare and life sciences supply chain at Deloitte, will consider future goals in terms of supply chain strategy, processes, talent and technology. Luis Miguel del Saz Rodriguez, head of digital transformation, ordering and logistics at Airbus, will give some advice on human resources and supply chain digitisation in meeting transformation objectives. And Anna Levander, chief sales officer at Envirotainer, will lead a keynote panel looking at how future outsourcing and logistics models will differ across the industry.
The remainder of the day will again address and extensive range of topics, including targeted data and digital behaviours, the role of airfreight in pharma logistics, and optimising network design for generics production, alongside an Oxford-style debate focused on regulatory frameworks and whether they should allow for the data derived from global FMD projects to be used for improved planning and supply.
The day will close with an interesting presentation by Maya Zlatanova , board member of the Patient Empowerment Initiative Committee, ACRES, on how the pharma industry can best work with its customers to gain constructive feedback and improve supply chain performance.
The final day, headlined ‘igniting your supply chain of the future’, will begin with a ‘fireside chat’ about reshaping the organisation and strategy for a supply chain that delivers patient-centricity and end-to-end visibility, led by Thomas Panzer, senior vice-president supply chain at Bayer. The casual discussion will give an insight into the large-scale operational transformation that has taken place at the company and what to expect in the future.
Some presentations of interest during the day include one on redesigned supply chain networks that incorporate sea freight, by Brice Bellin, healthcare director Europe at Bolloré Logistics; two presentations on the ‘creative boardroom’ and how leadership can drive change by leveraging and integrating partners and developing cross-functional process standardisation in the supply chain; and an interactive presentation on how data-driven analytics enables logistics to become an added value partner in the supply chain by Sharon Tzour, global head of logistics performance management at TEVA.
OUT OF CONTROL
As if this was not enough to attract the great and the good from the pharmaceutical logistics sphere, LogiPharma also host an exhibition where an array of providers have the opportunity to showcase their latest products and services. Among this year’s list of sponsors and exhibitors can be found consultants, airlines, software providers, packaging manufacturers, freight forwarders, logistics companies, asset tracking and temperature monitoring specialists, and dedicated distributors.
Temperature control is a fundamental feature of the pharmaceutical supply chain and there will be plenty of offerings on show. Germany-based eutecma, for instance, will have its IceCatch advanced cooling system on show, along with its innovative Protect modular packaging systems. Exam Packaging has been providing insulated packaging made of injected polyurethane foam since 1986, while Exeltainer, established in 2004, is a leading provider of design, testing, qualification and manufacturing of temperature-controlled packaging for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
Novo Nordisk, in partnership with TSS, a provider of temperature monitoring solutions to the life sciences industry, will be previewing a new digital solution that is able to monitor product temperatures and automatically respond to observations that indicate that a product is outside an intended range. More details on these and all other exhibitors can be found on the event website.
[post_title] => Pharma: Supply chain reaction
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