2018 PDA Connectivity Workshop: Digital and Pharma

Taipei, Taiwan
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The 2018 PDA Connectivity Workshop: Digital and Pharma will address all aspects of pharmaceutical connectivity including manufacturing, product design, patient benefit, and applications.

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Day 1

Thursday, 8 November

8:00 – 17:00
Registration Open

9:00 – 10:40
P1: Manufacturing and Product Design
Moderator: Markus Bauss, Managing Director, SHL Connect, SHL Group

The filling of injectables into containers (vials, cartridges, syringes, capsules) is a process which is developed and validated. Typically, there are IPCs measured like weight, fill volume, or stopper position. Currently there are technologies which allow for detection of many more parameters up to a situation where each individual container can collect and store the parameters of the filling line which have direct impact on the quality but also storing data like date, batch number of the formulation, container, the components, etc. Therefore, it seems possible that each container has all data which are needed to assess the quality and the history of the filling process. The information on the single container can be used both within the manufacturing process through intelligent machinery, as at a later stage with connected drug delivery devices and smart packaging solutions.

The session will deal with new opportunities in the product manufacturing and design process through applying new electronic technologies including connectivity.
Areas that will be addressed in this session are:

  • The Fill-Finish-Process of injectables and opportunities through smart primary containers and intelligent machinery
  • The use of sensor technology in the area of product design and human factor studies for drug delivery devices
  • Drug Discovery Process - Using High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Markus Bauss, Managing Director, SHL Connect, SHL Group
Ching-Lung Hu, Deputy Director of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries Promotion Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs

9:10 – 9:35
From Smart Packaging to Augmented Reality: The Future of Interactive Machinery
Egmont Semmler, PhD, Director R&D Pharmaceutical Fill & Finish, Groninger

9:35 – 10:00
User Centric Product Designs: New Insights in The Use of Medical Devices by Applying Sensor-Based Technology
Tom Lawrie-Fussey, MEng, Technology Business Development Leader, Cambridge Design Partnership
Uri Baruch, MEng, Partner, Cambridge Design Partnership

10:00 – 10:25
Use of Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery
Artur Kadurin, Chief Executive Officer, Insilico Taiwan 

10:25 – 10:40
Questions and Answers/Discussion

10:40 – 11:10
Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area

11:10 – 12:40

11:10 – 11:35      
Medical IOT Platforms: What is Vision, What is Reality?
Jerry Hsu, Asus Life

11:35 – 12:00      
Blockchain Technology in Health Applications
Sean Moss-Pultz, Chief Executive Officer, Bitmark Inc.

12:00 – 12:25 
Connected Biomarker over the Cloud: Vision and Reality  
Alex Dee, Vice President, First International Computer

12:25 – 12:40
Questions and Answers/Discussion

12:40 – 13:30
Networking Luncheon

13:30 – 15:20
P3: Patient Benefit and Applications in Connected Drug Delivery

With miniaturization, powerful electronics, sensors, and data processing capabilities, it is possible for patients to directly communicate with pharmaceutical products. This is more convenient for patients and allows for better collection of objective data. From the data of many patients it will be possible to better understand the specifics of the disease of the patients which will allow for more efficient treatments. This will have an impact not only on patients and pharma industry, but on the healthcare system itself. Challenges are data protection (who owns the data), insurance companies, and technology providers. The goal of this session is to share the current status of the technologies, show actual cases, and discuss what challenges and benefits may occur in the next 5-10 years. Active participation from the audience is expected.

13:30 – 13:45
Smart Devices and Smart Packaging: What are the Benefits for the Patient and Other Stakeholders
Markus Bauss, Managing Director, SHL Connect, SHL Group

13:45 – 14.10
Driving Better Patient Outcomes with Connectivity  
Adam Shain, MS, Director, Global Business Development – Injectables, Aptar

14:10 – 14:35
Improving Administration Efficiency through Electro-Mechanical Inhalation Systems 
Jackie Tieng, MBA, Vice President, Medical Care Business Unit, MicroBase Technology Corp.

14:35 – 15:00
Evolution towards Comprehensive Diabetes Patient Solution
Austin Chiang, Product Manager, Sanofi

15:00 – 15:20
Questions and Answers/Discussion

15:20 – 15:50
Refreshment Break

15:50 – 17:45

15:50 – 16:15
Supporting Patient Therapy programs with Smart Medication Dispensers
Tomer Gofer, Chief Executive Officer, Vaica

16:15 – 16:40
Evolution of Personal Chronic Disease Management through Digital Therapeutics
Ed Deng, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, H2 Inc.

16:40 – 17:05
Adoption of Connectivity to Generate Real-World Insights and Improved Care
Ramin Rafiei, PhD, Senior Advisor to QuiO, SHL Group

17:05 – 17:30
Questions and Answers/Discussion

17:30 – 17:45
Summary and Close of the Workshop

Agenda is subject to change.

PLEASE READ  PDA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than PDA or the PDA chosen hotel contacts you suggesting that they represent any PDA event, they do not. It is PDA's recommendation that you book your hotel directly through the official PDA chosen hotel that is listed on our web site.

Please read: PDA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company.If someone other than PDA or the PDA chosen hotel contacts you suggesting that they represent any PDA event, they do not.It is PDA's recommendation that you book your hotel directly through the official PDA chosen hotel that is listed on our web site.

Regent Taipei
No. 3, Ln. 39
Sec. 2 Zhongshan N. Rd.
Taipei 104, Taiwan
+886 2 2523 8000

Rate: NT$6,200 (single)/NT$7,000++ per room per night (Deluxe King)
*Room rates are inclusive of daily breakfasts and in-room internet access and is exclusive of the 10% service charge and 5% value added tax (VAT).

Hotel Accommodations

To make reservations at the Regent Taipei, please visit the reservation page and enter Group Code SHLME1105 or call the Hotel at +886 2 2523 8000 and reference PDA Conference to receive the PDA group rate. Check in time is 15:00, and check out time is 12:00.


Offering among the most spacious and luxurious hotel accommodation in Taipei, alongside a dazzling array of signature dining and lifestyle amenities, Regent Taipei combines the best experiences of this modern metropolis with timeless hospitality traditions. Our superb downtown location is just a short walk from the city’s main attractions and accessible via excellent transport links.


  • If you are driving, take the Zhongshan Expressway to the Chongqing North Road interchange, turn left at Minzu East Road, continue straight ahead and turn right on Lin Sen North Road to reach the hotel.
  • During your stay, Taipei’s excellent MRT, bus, taxi and high-speed rail services make it easy to explore the city and further afield. Our hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of Zhongshan MRT station.