Pharma Logistics & Outsourced Operations

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

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Day 1

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!
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  • 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

Day 2

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

Agenda is subject to change.

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The Oitavos Hotel

Quinta da Marinha
Lisbon, Portugal , Portugal

+351 (0)214 860 020

Hotel Website

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.

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until the 15th August 2019.

Book Your Room for the PDA Group Rate

Single Room € 154 per night*
Double Room € 179 per night*
*Rates are per room and night, including the following services and benefits free of charge:

  • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
  • VAT, Taxes and Service will apply
How to Get Here
By Air

Nearest Airport: Lisbon International Airport - LIS
Airport Phone:
+351 21 841 3500

By Car

40 km, 41 min by car. The Oitavos Hotel is located at Rua de Oitavos, Quinta da Marinha, 2750-374 Cascais/Portugal.