September 22 - 25, 2020 | Sheraton Boston, MA

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Temperature Controlled Supply Interview

Temperature Controlled Supply Interview

Join Gilles Jr. Gregoire, Global Transport Manager, Pharmascience as he discusses topics that include; the 3 biggest cold chain packaging trends of 2017, real time temp monitoring technologies, the growing trend towards “direct to patient” deliveries and much more.

Data Sharing and Temp Monitoring Tech

Data Sharing and Temp Monitoring Tech

Join Claude Jolicoeur, Director of Regulatory Affairs, McKesson Canada Corp as he discusses topics that include; changes within the supply chian industry on capturring and shareing data, real time temp monitoring technologies,cold chain challenges wihtin the Canadian market and much more.

Switch from Air Freight to Ocean Freight

Switch from Air Freight to Ocean Freight

Join Andrea L. Guisbert-Williams, Project Manager, North American Logistics Operations, Eli Lilly & Company in an exclusive interview about the effect of growth of biologic based products on temp controlled operations, next generation medicines, and her case study, Discovering Eli Lilly’s Plan to Achieve Cost Savings & Sustainability Through a Switch from Air to Ocean.

Digitization and Big Data's Impact

Digitization and Big Data's Impact

Pharma and biotech companies are implementing new technologies to enhance how they make decisions and predict outcomes in the supply chain.
Supplying Next Generation Medicines

Supplying Next Generation Medicines

The personalized medicines market – which tailors drugs and treatments to the individual patient – is expected to reach revenues of $149 billion by 2020, according to Pharmaceutical Commerce.

And the rising use of biosimilars – a biologic medical product that is a near-identical copy of an original product by another company – is expected to result in the near doubling of the size of pharma cold chain logistics business over the next three years.

We sat down with Catherine Coppage, Supply Chain Planner, Personalized Medicines at Kiadis Pharma; Javier Gomez-Contreras, Supply Chain BGx LATAMOE Latina-Mid East Africa-India & Asia Pacific Lead at GlaxoSmithKline; and Jeremy Cress, Director Of Operations, Fibrocell Science to dive into the challenges and opportunities distributing personalized medicines present.

Below is a preview of the topics and questions covered:


How are cold chain processes adapted for personalized medicines and biologics?

Catherine Coppage: "When transporting personalized medicines it’s really important that no temperature excursions occur. It needs to be tightly managed and temperature monitoring is vital because there is no room for error. You cannot go back and take new patient samples because often patients are very sick. It’s a one chance opportunity.”


How do cold chain processes have to be adapted when transporting vaccines?

Javier Gomez-Contreras: “The supply chain has to be more established in new technology to deliver the products to patients. Some models in use currently do not have the technology to maintain the temperature correctly for long periods, especially in developing countries.

"In Brazil, for example, we have to travel far to deliver the products. In order to reduce the cost and [to transport by truck, not air], we have to identify technology resources – refrigerators, cameras and containers that may allow us to maintain the temperature for 72 hours.“


What are the main challenges that cell and gene products present for pharma supply chain professionals?

Jeremy Cress: “The stability of the products – the shelf life – presents challenges. How do we ensure that the product doesn’t expire before it is administered to the patient? A lot of cell and gene therapies have a very short shelf life so it’s important that the supply chain is able to support quick turnaround times.

“Ordering specialized raw materials is a challenge. You have to be on top of your game to ensure you have the proper raw materials in-house and at each of the sites. The coordination and timing of the ordering and the receipt of the raw materials presents a significant challenge as you scale up.

“Another challenge is patient scheduling. New cell and gene therapies in the rare disease space don’t have a huge patient population to treat and a lot of patients have debilitating diseases. Therefore, the logistics of moving them from their home to a specialized facility is a big challenge.”


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End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

The Associate Director of Supply Chain Management at Merck gives us deeper dive into end-to-end supply chain visibility in this white paper.
Moving Towards Collaboration Whitepaper

Moving Towards Collaboration Whitepaper

Collaboration has long been considered an effective approach and is employed by many highfunctioning organizations. In business and in communities, the strategic value of aligning yourself with other groups that have a shared vision, where each collaborator brings something to the table and is willing to work together to get there is now seen. Collaboration between different groups - within and outside the enterprise – makes for a changed dynamic. It is a commonly held view that stakeholders in collaboration are at their best, fully invested and engaged, even if conflict situations arise. This whitepaper dives into how collaboration is effective for the pharmaceutical supply chain industry.
Disruption in the Pharma Industry

Disruption in the Pharma Industry

What will technologies will disrupt the life sciences supply chain industry in 2018? To find out, we sat down with Paul Zikopoulos, VP of Competitive and Big Data Analytics Teams and Future Trends Expert, IBM, and the 2017 Global Forum's keynote speaker.

Make your Data Work Hard for You Part 2

Make your Data Work Hard for You Part 2

An overview of Eli Lilly’s Initiatives for Increasingly Effective Lane Data Analysis. Hear how Eli Lilly is using climate data to design containers for the varying seasons through simulations & pilots. Find out how to use weather data to come up with test profiles and gather lane data in a targeted way.

Presentation by Bernard McGarvey, Ph.D. Sr. Engineering Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company

Make your Data Work Hard for You Part 1

Make your Data Work Hard for You Part 1

You Work Hard to Get your Data, Now Make your Data Work Hard for You! Hear how BMS is characterizing lanes for shipping through gathering detailed shock & vibration data. Review their goal to eliminate the need to ship actual product PQ. Presentation by Carolyn Williamson, Principal Packaging Engineer, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Managing Contingencies during End-to-End Distribution

Managing Contingencies during End-to-End Distribution

  • Discuss at-home and in-clinic portable 2-8°C and CRT storage, with continuous real-time temperature monitoring and inventory management using RFID technology
  • End to end traceability and excursion management leads for efficient QA oversight and release which can be achieved from point of manufacture, packaging through patient treatment Review logistical route planning and contingency considerations to minimize risk and loss of highly sensitive medications
  • Case studies: Demonstrate successful solutions for the most challenging routes, temperature requirements and complex delivery, including direct to patient and import scenarios
  • Technology demonstration of the CubixxCT and cloud based portal

Presentation by Dustin Roller VP of Innovation Product Development ASD Healthcare

Integrated Risk Management Framework

Integrated Risk Management Framework

  • Proactively minimize risks to patients, operations, and supply chain through early identification, detection and mitigation
  • End-to-end risk review and control of products throughout the supply chain
  • Drive continual improvement throughout the product and process lifecycle to ensure a reliable supply of quality products to patients Leverage risk management tools to make risk based decisions in temperature controlled distribution

Presentation by Lisa Wyman Head of Quality Compliance & Data Analytics Shire Pharmaceuticals

DSCSA’s Impact on Global Supply Chain

DSCSA’s Impact on Global Supply Chain

  • Examine the full scope of DSCSA requirements and top international serialization deadlines that are looming How can logistics professionals support serialization teams past the 2017 deadline
  • What application does serialization technology have for temperature monitoring? Can they work in tandem?
  • Predicting how a post-serialized world will affect the pharma supply chain

Presentation by Matt Sample Sr. Director, Secure Supply Chain AmerisourceBergen Corporation

Optimization with Pallet Solutions

Optimization with Pallet Solutions

  • Evaluation of existing and potential passive and active pallet shipping solutions Walk through analysis of pallet solutions utilizing criteria such as cost savings, ergonomics, and additional supply initiatives
  • Review the expedited customization process of a standard product offering to meet ergonomic and performance requirements
  • Overview of the implementation strategy and the opportunities for reuse.

Presentation by:

Bryan Cardis, Distribution Platform Steward – Global Packaging, Eli Lilly & Company

Christopher Lyons, PE Consultant, Package Engineering, North American Logistics Operations Eli Lilly & Company

Stephen Kolb, Business Development Manager, Cold Chain Technologies

Health Canada Guide-0069 - Regulatory Provisions

Health Canada Guide-0069 - Regulatory Provisions

  • Review guidelines for products in transit: stability data requirements and temperature mapping
  • Discuss the regulatory scope of temperature monitoring for CRT Hear recommended approaches for risk evaluation and mitigation and analyze examples of compliance and non-compliance
  • Take a look at what Roche implement locally to distribute to our Canadian customers to fulfill the authority requirements

Presentation by Tonino Antonetti Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Management, Safety & Health and Environment Roche Diagnostics Canada

Addressing Unmet Medical Needs through Industry Collaboration

Addressing Unmet Medical Needs through Industry Collaboration

  • Review the international landscape of rare disease treatment & new medicines entering the supply chain to treat them How have regulations in both the US & abroad impacted the industry’s ability to reach patients
  • Discuss how new technological innovations and supply chain collaboration can make reaching challenging markets more feasible
  • Where is the industry headed next? How is the temperature controlled supply chain an integral part of the future?

Presentation by Wesley Schmidt, Vice President of Quality Systems, AbbVie

Clinical Trial Supply: The Quest To Shrink Wastage Levels

Clinical Trial Supply: The Quest To Shrink Wastage Levels

In meeting the growth ahead for clinical trials there must be a focus on efficiency as their supply already suffers from major issues with wastage levels. This is lack of control is problematic with the rising public scrutiny on spending by pharmaceutical companies.

Growth in Demand

The drive to address the diseases that strike the world’s aging population has increased Pharma’s R&D funding. This trend is set to remain, industry estimates state that after seeing lucrative growth in 2016 the clinical trial market size is set to balloon to $65.5 billion in the next eight years.

The supply of these trials is critical. Badly budgeted or scheduled clinical trials can jeopardize the progress made by a candidate.

Clinical trials are incorporating a larger amount of countries than ever before. Although this is positive for producing more representative data and developing products for emerging regions, this globalization does introduce logistical hurdles in terms of supply. Especially with country specific regulations constantly evolving.

Rapid growth seen in emerging markets incurs more supply challenges. Sponsors are expected to provide to trial sites in isolated regions that have limited infrastructure and stubborn climates. 

Striking a Balance

Clinical trials require the production and distribution of investigational pharmaceuticals to thousands of participants over several years.

Sponsors and Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) need to ensure they don’t over supply sites. This excess leads to the wastage of expensive materials, as drugs reach expiry dates before they can be used.

When sites are under supplied, sponsors may have to halt enrolment or even freeze patient treatments. This could have a large influence on the outcomes of a trial. Due to a range of factors, study design, patient enrolment, quantity of sites, site location, that can suddenly change the level of supplies needed for a trial to run, supply managers reduce the risk of stock outs by supplying a surplus of medicine. This in many cases spills over to become overage – when the investigational medicines have to be wasted at the end of a trial or hit their expiry dates before consumption.

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Future of Cold Chain: Blockchain’s Impact on Cold Chain Logistics

Future of Cold Chain: Blockchain’s Impact on Cold Chain Logistics

By 2020, pharma cold chain logistics spend is predicted to exceed $16 billion. Despite this huge investment, Pharmaceutical supply chains still face tremendous challenges. We sat down with keynote speaker Jack Shaw, Executive Director of the American Blockchain Council, Technology Futurist to discuss this.  Below is a preview of the interview:

What will be the Blockchain’s direct impact on the Pharmaceutical supply chain?

Pharmaceutical supply chains face tremendous challenges. Ingredients get lost, chemicals become inactive due to insufficient temperature control, medicines are wrongly prescribed by malfunctioning computer systems, and counterfeit medications slip through cracks in security.

All of these problems are causing pharma companies to turn to emerging technologies to improve visibility and control across the supply chain. Many companies have begun to realise the specific utility of blockchain technology in this endeavor.

The immutability of records, easy and transparent sharing of data among authorized ecosystem participants, and the virtually hack-proof capabilities of Blockchain (also known as Distributed Ledger Technology, or DLT) make it a powerful and effective choice for better managing supply chains of all kinds.

How will Blockchain technology affect cold chain logistics now and in the near future?

Blockchain offers an efficient way for wholesalers and dispensaries to optimize their inventory management and control, anticipate supply shortages, and improve data integrity as well as the distribution of data that has not previously existed.


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-Blockchain's direct impact on the Pharma Supply Chain
-Blockchain technology's affect on cold chain logistics
-Cold chain pharmaceuticals' preparation for the future of technology


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Healthcare Reform & the Future of the Pharma Supply Chain

Healthcare Reform & the Future of the Pharma Supply Chain

We sat down with David Merrit, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategy, America's Health Insurance Plans to discuss Healthcare Reform. Below is a preview of the interview:

How will healthcare reform affect the pharmaceutical supply chain?

"It seems you can’t talk health care today without talking about politics. How health reform will affect the supply chain depends on who’s in charge. The Trump Administration has put a very bright spotlight on rising prescription drug costs - from the very beginning of the process with manufacturers setting prices to the very end with what consumers pay at the pharmacy. Their focus has been on reducing regulation, increasing competition, and reducing what patients pay."

How does the national healthcare reform law affect the future of the pharma supply chain?

"Every American deserves access to affordable coverage and high-quality care. Policymakers and politicians will certainly debate how we balance affordability with access."


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  • Healthcare Reform's affect on the pharma supply chain
  • The national healthcare reform law affect on the future of the pharma supply Chain
  • His advise on healthcare reform to the presidential campaigns


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The ELD Mandate and Cold Chain

The ELD Mandate and Cold Chain

We sat down with one of our keynote speakers Bill Mahorney, Chief, Enforcement Division, FMCSA, Department of Transportation. As one of the key players responsible for enforcing the ELD Mandate, Bill will be addressing how this new law will affect the supply chain, logging books, hours of service regulations and cross-industry collaboration. To give you a sneak peek as to what you can expect to hear about onsite, we sat down with Bill to discuss what the ELD Mandate is and how it impacts the supply chain.

Below is a preview of the interview:

First and foremost, what is the ELD mandate?

"In a nutshell, the electronic logging device (ELD) rule [which was congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21] is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers as well as make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. As a result of the ELD mandate, folks that used to use a logbook are now, as of December 2017, required to use an electronic logging device to ensure your hours of service are accurately recorded."

How does the ELD Mandate Affect the Cold Chain?

"We're talking about a device that is much more precise than an old fashioned logbook. Previously people could fudge here and there. Basically falsify and extend their day.

So, for example, if driver has to wait at a shipper location or got stuck because the shipper wasn't ready for them one way or the other, then they would not necessarily show that on their paper logbook. However, since an electronic logging device automatically records drive time and hours of service (HOS), in addition to being much more precise, it also cannot be manipulated by the driver or the carrier. 

For the most part, the ELD will change things in a good way when it comes to the supply chain. The precision of the ELDs is gong to require shippers the carriers to work more closely together to make sure that time is not wasted and that the supply chain is efficient as it can be. ELDs will enable drivers to more efficiently move in and out of the shipper's location either on the front end or the back end and maximize their hours of service while keeping the goods moving properly."

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Serialization: Compliance risks to avoid

Serialization: Compliance risks to avoid

Serialization is set to revolutionize how business is done in pharma. It is a complex technical project involving engineering systems at line, distribution operation levels and enterprise IT systems, at site and global levels.

Coming back to today’s reality, and despite the years given for implementation, observers will be aware that a vast portion of the manufacturing landscape is behind schedule and is now scrambling to meet international compliance deadlines.

Download this whitepaper to discover:

  • Golden rules for serialization projects
  • The organizational and technical challenges that creep into serialization projects
  • The dangers of leaving implementation too late
  • How serialization powers pharma's digital transformation
Evaluating the Cost & Efficiency of Greener Packaging Materials

Evaluating the Cost & Efficiency of Greener Packaging Materials

Presentation by Beth Ruland, Associate Director, Global, Packaging Technology, Bristol Myers-Squibb. Key topic areas include:

  • Explore how and why Bristol-Myers Squibb switched from foam to polypropylene insulation for a 2-8 vial product
  • Assess the quality and environmental benefits of switching from foam insulation
  • Quantify the significant cost savings derived from gaining increased pack-out space, which in one pilot exceeded $300K
  • Explore possible next steps in reusing or recycling insulation materials to increase cost savings and sustainability even further
From Production to Patients: Last Mile Optimization

From Production to Patients: Last Mile Optimization

Though life sciences companies see value across the full supply chain, it’s the last mile that matters the most to the customer. When customers can’t get what they want when they want it due to product loss, theft, spoilage, counterfeiting or other disruptions, it can be incredibly damaging to a company’s brand and bottom line.

Optimizing that last mile involves careful coordination between a complex network of partners, distributors, outsourcers, wholesalers, etc. to ensure the right product reaches the right consumer at the right time. A difficult task for any company but especially so for life sciences companies who’s supply chains are highly regulated and reach a customer base rivaled by few.

With this survey, we aim to demystify the last mile of the pharma supply chain (final packaging to customer delivery) by identifying potential areas of improvement, trending solutions and best practices. Our goal is to provide the industry with new set of benchmarks, data and expert analysis to help accelerate their supply chain optimization journey.


We surveyed 150+ pharma logistics leaders to learn more about the key challenges, solutions and trends impacting the last mile of the life sciences supply chain. Highlights include:

  • Analysis of what causes the most last mile disruptions and how firms are addressing these issues
  • An overview of our respondents top strategic priorities
  • Facts & figures that outline where cold chain leaders are looking to invest on 2018 & 2019


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CCGF - Early Event Intel Flyer

CCGF - Early Event Intel Flyer

We’re designing an unrivaled program to provide the community – both biotechs and big pharma - of life science supply chain professionals cutting-edge content and actionable takeaways.

View the early event intel flyer and see what’s in store.


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Ensuring Quality through Supply Chain and QA Collaboration

Ensuring Quality through Supply Chain and QA Collaboration

  • What is the concept of product quality and what is the philosophy surrounding quality management in supply chain environment
  • Correlation between little q and bigger Q in relation to the product quality and supply chain management and how can they impact each other
  • How Q.A and Supply chain can cooperate in an Effective Manner to Ensure Seamless Integration of their efforts in order to achieve the Optimal Quality - Supply Chain Solution to the Customers
  • Real examples of successful collaboration approaches between Quality and supply chain department


Presentation by

Ahmed ElSheemy, Head of Quality Assurance Middle East & Turkey, Merck Serono Middle East (a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany)


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Serialization Demands Smarter Inventory Tracking

Serialization Demands Smarter Inventory Tracking

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are all too often unable to comply with serialization requirements or deliver mandated reports due to their complexity and high degree of customization.  In order to ensure compliance to DSCSA and FMD standards as well as more effectively control costs, companies need to invest in smarter inventory tracking and more efficient warehousing operations.

In this article, Larry Hall of Tracelink discusses how pharmaceutical serialization requirements are driving demand for smarter inventory tracking and warehouse management. In addition, Hall also provides use cases to highlight key considerations for ensuring life sciences warehousing operations are compliant. 

2019 Cold Chain Global Forum Registration Form

2019 Cold Chain Global Forum Registration Form

Fill out and return our reg form to enquiry@iqpc.com to accelerate the registration process.


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Optimizing Lane Qualification with all Supply Chain Stakeholders

Optimizing Lane Qualification with all Supply Chain Stakeholders

With the variety of product lines increasing and the regions companies are shipping to growing, there are a lot of variables to account for when qualifying your shipments. In particular, USA’s vast geography and temperature gradients pose a big challenge for logistics and supply chain professionals. These challenges show direct parallels with the current environment in Brazil. Shipping from South to North Brazil brings about similar road blocks as shipments to distant US regions. These issues can be mitigated through smart supply chain management, streamlines logistics, and open communication with supply chain partners. What you will learn:

  • Qualifying solutions that worked for Brazil national operations
  • Establish an evaluation tool characterize your shipping lanes by riskiness and discuss solutions to decrease that risk.
  • Review best practices for managing your partner relationships, both local & internationally through the use of correct relationship models
  • Where does lane qualification fit into your overall supply chain management initiatives? How do you prioritize?


Presentation by: Luiz Barberini, Operations Manager, External Manufacturing Organization Latin America, Bayer Consumer Health


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Mastering the Art, Science and Operational Logistics of Cold Chain Packaging

Mastering the Art, Science and Operational Logistics of Cold Chain Packaging

The common error that pharma companies make when it comes to cold chain is to believe the myth that simply having more packaging and lower temperatures gets the job done. At the CCGF this year, we deep dive into the concept of packaging, ensuring that we not only cover the basics of cold chain packaging, but explain the science, engineering and implications of how packaging is evolving today.

If these apply to your pharma company, make sure to download the Cold Chain Packaging Mini Agenda to find out more!


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Establish a Seamless, Compliant and effective End-to-End Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain

Establish a Seamless, Compliant and effective End-to-End Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain

Evolving patient-centric delivery models, expanding temperature-sensitive portfolios through an influx of new product developments, varying operating practices to fulfill regulatory guidelines, and increasing physical and cyber threats mean that crucial supply chain stability is now under severe threat. At the CCGF this year, we want to ensure that you find practical case studies to achieve the optimal equilibrium between patient centricity, operational and cost efficiency throughout your supply chain.

If these apply to your pharma company, make sure to download the End-to-End Temperature Controlled Mini Agenda to find out more!


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Mid Maturity: Optimize, Standardize, and Successfully Scale Your Supply Chain

Mid Maturity: Optimize, Standardize, and Successfully Scale Your Supply Chain

Discover how to further streamline, standardize, and optimize your existing supply chain. Leverage innovation, technology and the IOT to mitigate common issues in your cold chain strategy, framework and operations in this Mid Maturity Mini Agenda.

If these apply to your pharma company, make sure to download the Mid Maturity Mini Agenda to find out more!


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Advanced Maturity: Plan for the Future, Engage Next-Generation Technology, and Deal with Global Supply Chains

Advanced Maturity: Plan for the Future, Engage Next-Generation Technology, and Deal with Global Supply Chains

Understand and leverage cutting edge technologies and next-generation solutions to ensure global supply chains delivery and evolving patient-delivery models in this Advanced Maturity Mini Agenda for the Cold Chain Global Forum.


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Early Maturity: The Fundamentals of Cold Chain Logistics

Early Maturity: The Fundamentals of Cold Chain Logistics

We recognize the importance of upskilling new entrants to the industry as quickly as possible through practical case studies on the fundamentals of cold chain. Leapfrog your journey by mastering the basics of establishing an end-to-end supply chain, validate your lane and shipping qualifications while mitigating hidden costs and dealing with unplanned temperature excursions.

If these apply to your pharma company, make sure to download the Early Maturity Mini Agenda to find out more!


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VP-Level Supply Chain Leaders Mini Agenda

VP-Level Supply Chain Leaders Mini Agenda

We understand your time is extremely valuable, and wanted to deliver a packed agenda that will deliver you the quality and value to address your day-to-day priorities, while also having a good grasp of the biggest strategic disruptors that are transforming the pharma supply chain over the next 12 months. So send your teams to learn, network and accomplish tactical objectives over 4 days- but this one’s personalized for you.



The Autonomous Supply Chain is Coming

The Autonomous Supply Chain is Coming

Ahead of the 16th Global Forum taking place September 24-28, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA, we sat down with keynote speaker Tom Bonkenburg, Director, European Operations, St. Onge Company.  Below is a preview of the interview:

How is Robotics impacting the supply chain sector?

"Since their beginning, robots have always lived in the ‘make’ side of the supply chain. Robots are very good at precisely repeating the same tasks hour after hour with high quality. This is a good fit for manufacturing where exacting precision is often an important requirement and robots are used to improve quality while reducing the cost of labor.

"The challenges typically found in the ‘deliver’ side, however, often require flexibility rather than exacting precision and the traditional manufacturing robots have not been a good fit. We now see new robotic concepts being developed that are about to enter the distribution arena allowing organizations to improve quality and reduce labor in the customer facing half of the supply chain. I find this an exciting development that will change the way we design our supply chains of the future."

What are the top two challenges companies face when it comes to adopting these new automated technologies?

"One of the main challenges that I see companies facing is their outlook on capital spending and ROI. Many corporations require a payback of 3 years or less for new projects and this often makes it difficult to implement automated technologies. I see this changing, however, as businesses are having trouble finding quality labor and now view automation as a longer term strategic investment. In addition to this shift in thinking, newer technologies coming onto the market will be more flexible in their finance models allowing operations to lease rather than buy robots or move them from site to site as needed to help keep capital spending lower than it has been in the past.

 A second challenge is that what works well in one industry does not always work in another. Every supply chain and every distribution center is different. Just because a technology works for Amazon does not mean it will work for you. Very often the CSuite does not understand this and tries to push in a technology direction that is not a good fit for them. Really understanding how the needs of your particular supply chain maps against available technology is key to making a good decision and getting buy in from the entire organization."

How do you see robotics transforming the pharma supply chain industry over the next 10-15 years? 

I try to never predict what will happen by a specific date in time because we have been disappointed by technology projections in the past. In my opinion, however, the current trends will eventually lead to automation allowing smaller DCs to be productive throughout the day and night, faster service to customers, lower inventory levels, and an overall reduction in cost. Automation will continue to shape the supply chain and changes seem to come faster and faster every year.


Download the full Report to read the full discussion with Tom as he discusses:

  • How robotics are impacting the the pharma supply chain sector specifically
  • Common barriers to automation adoption and how to overcome them
  • What life sciences supply chain leaders need to do today to prepare for a future of increased automation


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Pharma Logistics Compliance 2018 Report

Pharma Logistics Compliance 2018 Report

This whitepapers covers the latest pharmaceutical logistics regulatory developments around the globe related to FMD, MHRA, ICH Q12, PACMP, GMP, DSCSA and more! Designed specifically to keep you up to date with key developments that we believe with shape the compliance agenda over the next year, key developments that you will need to tune in for! Highlights include:

  • GMP inspections international collaboration efforts
  • Supply Chain Security and Traceability – GPS
  • EMA regulations
  • Points to remember for your next GDP inspection
  • The latest on Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities regulations
  • An analysis of ICH Q12 concepts
  • The cost of Brexit and the road forward
  • An overview of EU's recently published report detailing the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

Plus! Commentary by 2018 Cold Chain Global Forum speakers:

  • Rafik Bishara, Ph.D, former Director QKMTS, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ajay Pazhayattil, Former Associate Director, TOPV Apotex Inc.


Change & Collaboration in Pharma Logistics

Change & Collaboration in Pharma Logistics

Pharma is one of the most conservative industries –namely due to the fact that its products are high risk – very influential to the health, well-being and survival of their consumers. Regulations must be met to ensure that medicine quality and patient safety is protected. Therefore any changes, be it to product or process, need to be controlled to ensure that these vital elements are not in anyway jeopardized.

In the latest article by Pharma IQ,we uncover:

  • How to identify and overcome common obstacles to change management in pharma
  • Establishing standardized packaging vendor qualification requirements
  • Why collaboration and intelligence sharing between drug manufacturers could drastically improve the landscape for the general market. 
  • And more!

Features insights by:

  • Guy Hoskens, Clinical Supply Chain Logistics Expert, Janssen, Pharmaceutical
  • Tonino Antonetti, Executive Director, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Management, Safety & Health, Roche Diagnostics 
  • Craig Vermeyen, Senior Manager, Packaging Engineer, Kite Pharma 


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Blockchain Adoption in Pharma Supply

Blockchain Adoption in Pharma Supply

Experts have asserted that despite recent developments, pharmaceutical supply chains are still far from reaching their full technological potential. However, Blockchain holds significant promise to advance the digital strength of medicine supply. In this whitepaper, we explore:

  • What is blockchain and how can it be applied to cold chain?
  • Who in life sciences is currently using blockchain and for what?
  • How will the emergence of blockchain impact the industry over the next decade?

Plus! We provide an overview of potential use cases for block chain such as:

  • Leveraging R&D data for collaborative research
  • Dynamic pricing managed for raw materials
  • Compliance and quality tracking
  • Pharmacovigilance reporting
  • Temperature control
  • Temperature monitoring and control


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