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Pharma Logistics & Outsourced Operations

Nov 12 - Nov 13, 2019
Lisbon, Portugal

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Program Planning Committee and PDA Europe I am proud to invite you the conference on Pharma Logistics & Outsourced Operations to take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 12-13 November 2019!

The pharmaceutical industry’s key players are extending their networks by including more suppliers for raw materials and outsourcing core operations to contract partners. It is current common practice for large pharmaceutical industries to work with up to 200 contract manufacturing organizations. The increased complexity of companies’ partner networks generates potential for vulnerability to the overall drug supply, with risk of drug shortages, recalls or supply reliability issues.

The 2-day conference will offer lectures, panel discussions and interactive formats to tackle issues such as the modernization of the supply chain and the embrace of new logistical strategies by implementing novel technologies, the opportunities and challenges new technologies imply, aiming to ensure integrity, continuous temperature control and reliable data exchange. The safety of drug products should be secured by best practices during storage, shipment or manufacturing. Discussions on how strong partnerships with external partners for handling of logistics and outsourced operations are built and what strategies are implemented by CDMOs or CMOs for sustainable sourcing and traceability, transparency and reliable performances will be included.

I look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Lisbon!


Elisabeth Vachette,
Sartorius Stedim
, Conference Chair


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    9:00 – 9:15
    Welcome and Introduction
    Committee Picture
    Kerstin Wilken, PDA Europe
    Elisabeth Vachette, Sartorius Stedim, Conference Chair

    9:15 - 9:45
    Keynote: Supply Chain Risk Assessment – Industry Best Practices
    Loraine Bout Sensitech

    9:45 - 11:10
    Opening Plenary: Regulatory Updates
    Moderator: Elisabeth Vachette Sartorius Stedim

    9:45 - 10:15
    Ensuring Industry Leverage of Quality & Excellence
    Andrea Gruber, IATA

    10:15 - 10:45
    EU FMD: What's Next - How to Add Value Beyond Compliance and Secure Your Global Supply Chain
    Gert-Jan van Diest, AbbVie Logistics

    10:45 - 11:10
    Q&A, Discussion

    11:10 - 11:40
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    11:30 - 13:00
    Session 1: Implementation of New Technologies
    Moderator: Sarah Hockey, Novartis

    11:40 - 12:10
    Logistics 4.0
    Markus Lanz, Interlog Management

    12:10 - 12:40
    Supply Chain Strategy – ATMP Products
    Mehul Chhaya, Novartis

    12:40 - 13:00
    Q&A, Discussion

    13:00 - 14:00
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    14:00 - 15:00
    Interactive Session: Speed Business Exchange
    Moderator: Kerstin Wilken, PDA Europe

    Open to all exhibitors and conference attendees!
    Responding to a growing demand in having better opportunities for professional networking, PDA offers the second edition of this special session to connect solution seekers with solution providers.


    • Contract manufacturers: contract giver / contract acceptor
    • Contract testing labs: contract giver / contract acceptor
    • Supply Chain Handling: contract giver / contract acceptor

    15:00 - 15:30
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    15:30 - 17:30
    Session 2: Quality Risk Management
    Moderator: Siegfried Schmitt, PAREXEL

    15:30 - 16:00
    How to leverage Distribution Risk Assessment
    Fabian de Paoli, GSK Vaccines

    16:00 - 1603
    Data-Driven Risk Management and Predictive Analytics for Global Air Freight Cold Chains
    Federico Lupp, DHL Global Forwarding

    16:30 - 17:00
    Contract Manufacturing Quality Oversight and Risk Management
    Ian King, Takeda

    17:00 - 17:30
    Q&A, Discussion

    Closing of Day 1 and Networking Event

  • Wednesday, 13 November 2019

    9:00 - 10:00
    Session 3: Working Tables
    Kerstin Wilken, PDA Europe

    Committee members will facilitate lively discussions and exchange around a choice of essential and controversial key issues to be discussed in small groups. After a short introduction to the topic, participants gather results to be summarized as a take-home-message for all conference attendees.

    9:00 - 9:45
    Maintaining Regulatory Compliance
    Sarah Hockey,
    Siegfried Schmitt, PAREXEL

    Process Transfer in Molecule Lifecycle – Opportunity or Curse?
    Guido Kremer–van der Kamp,
    Merck KGaA
    Burkhard Wichert, pos Wichert

    End to end Assurance of Supply
    Elisabeth Vachette,
    Sartorius Stedim
    Arjan Ravesloot, AbbVie

    9:45 - 10:00
    Summary of Round Table Discussions & Q&A

    10:00 - 10:30
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    10:30 - 12:00
    Session 4: Active Management of Outsourced Operations
    Moderator: Guido Kremer-van der Kamp, Merck KGaA

    10:30 - 10:55
    Dialoguing about Contract Manufacturing
    Joaquin Santos, Janssen Supply Group

    10:55 - 11:20
    Outsourcing Challenges of CMC Development Programs
    Kim Hejnaes, Hejnaes Consult AB

    11:20 - 11:45
    Outsourcing Strategies and Strategic Collaboration of Big Pharma with CDMOs
    Wouter Huizinga, IDT Biologika

    11:45 - 12:00
    Q&A, Discussion

    12:00 - 13:00
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    13:00 - 14:30
    Session 5: Challenges and Solutions in Logistics
    Moderator: Sarah Hockey, Novartis

    13:00 - 13:30
    Development of Additional Solutions to Reduce Transport Constraints on Pharmaceutical Systems
    Victor Huart, Metropackbr /> Damien Moncond'huy, Metropack

    13:30 - 14:00
    Cross-industry Collaboration with Pharma.Aero - Driving Excellence & Innovation in Reliable End-to-End Air Transportation
    Nina Heinz, DHL

    14:00 - 1430
    Q&A, Discussion

    14:30 - 15:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    15:00 - 16:30
    Closing Plenary: Closing Plenary: Perspectives on Logistics and Outsourcing in an Evolving Environment
    Moderator: Elisabeth Vachette, Sartorius Stedim

    Where Black Holes Collide: When Outsourcing meets Logistics
    Siegfried Schmitt, PAREXEL

    Mentimeter Survey


    Conference Summary by the Chair
    Elisabeth Vachette, Sartorius Stedim

    Closing Remarks & Farewell
    Kerstin Wilken, PDA Europe

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Quinta da Marinha
Lisbon, Portugal
Phone: +351 (0)214 860 020

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    The luxurious 5-star Oitavos combines ultramodern design with an untouched natural location within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It features pools, state-of-the art sports facilities, an Equestrian Centre, Helipad and the award-winning Oitavos golf course.

    The Oitavos Hotel is located 5 km from central Cascais and a 30-minute drive from Sintra, which is famed for its stunning monuments and palaces. Lisbon is a 30-minute drive away as well, featuring iconic areas and sites like Chiado, Bairro Alto and Alfama. The popular Praia do Guincho beach is a mere 5 minutes away by car. A free shuttle service is available in the Summer, upon request and availability. Bicycles are also available at the hotel.

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    Double Room € 179 per night*
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Nearest Airport: Lisbon International Airport - LIS
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40 km, 41 min by car. The Oitavos Hotel is located at Rua de Oitavos, Quinta da Marinha, 2750-374 Cascais/Portugal.

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Member €1.495
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All fees given in Euro and excluding VAT (23%)
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Registration Type Price after 15 September
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Non-member €1.995
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Young Professional (Member) €850

All fees given in Euro and excluding VAT (23%)

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