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Project Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Challenges & Solutions
Nov 22 - Nov 22, 2018 |
Nov 22, 2018 |
Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center | Berlin, Germany
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  • Europe
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Being a Project Manager in the pharmaceutical industry can take a wide variety of forms. Be it for process development, tech transfer, installation of new manufacturing lines, building of facilities or other areas of expertise, projects in the industry are often facilitated by skilled Project Managers.

The pharmaceutical industry has regulations and best-practice manuals for most of its production processes. Nonetheless Project Management as a discipline is often excluded from the standards of performance defined for many other fields in the industry. It is apparent the industry needs trained Project Managers in order to achieve success in the numerous processes, projects and developments.

PDA has perceived the need to offer this discipline its own space. Solid education of future Project Managers is needed as well as the establishment of best practice documents to support the development of Project Management for successful outcomes in pharmaceutical science. One of the first initiatives taken will be the novel conference Project Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry, set as a one-day event in one of the most vibrant cities of the world: Berlin.

If you are Project Manager working in the pharmaceutical industry you cannot miss this event. The conference has been designed by certified Project Managers with many years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. We will discuss topics such as project management across industries, tech transfer and best practice. This event will offer you the possibility to expand your professional network with other experts in similar positions–together we will set the first step for the future of education of Project Managers in our industry.

Looking forward to meeting you in Berlin,

Kerstin Wilken, PhD, PMP
Director Programs & Education PDA Europe

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Welcome: Opening Remarks & Introductions
Kerstin Wilken, PDA Europe

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Keynote: A Primer on Situational Project Management
Oliver Lehmann, PMI Southern Germany Chapter e.V.

10:00 – 12:15
Session 1: When Worlds Collide – Project Management across Industries

Resolving Parallel Worlds: connecting externally managed construction projects to the company-owned corporate systems
Michael Walliser, Conscious Performance GmbH

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

Early Project Strategies for Successful Project Delivery
Whitney Kutney, ValSource 
John Moehnke, Engineering Software Solutions
Cross company partnerships and communication - Using the Example of Development, Qualification and Implementation of Thermal Packaging Solutions
Richard Harrop, Topa Packaging

Q&A, Discussion

12:15 – 13:15
Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

13:15 – 14:20
Session 2: Best Practice in Project Management

Project Management in Pharma: A Case Study of Novartis’ Quality Journey to Agility
Garrett Van Vactor, Novartis

What Project Managers Can Learn from Star Wars
Kerstin Wilken, PDA Europe

Q&A, Discussion

14:30 – 16:30
Session 3: Transfer Processes in Project Management

Tech Transfer – From Phase 2 to Phase 3
Thomas Bo Sølver, Eltronic Group

Project Management in a Digital World - Are New Approaches Needed?
Natascha de Raad, Med-X-Press GmbH

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

Collaboration with Emerging Countries - Managing Pharma and Clinical Trial Projects
Leander Grode, Vakzine Manager

16:30 – 17:15
Closing Plenary

Pharmaceutical Project Management – Elements of Success
Peter Reichert, Eltronic Group

Interactive Summary
Peter Reichert, Eltronic Group

Conference Closing & Get Together

3 Ways to register

Please remember to log in if you are a member of PDA already!

If you come from a Governmental or Health Authority Institution or from an Academic Organization please contact Ms. Antje Petzholdt before registering. She will verify your status and register you.

  • All registrations which will involve visa matters will have to be submitted to PDA EU four weeks prior to the start of the event at the latest. For later registrations, PDA Europe will be unable to assist participants in any visa affairs.
  • All costs incurring in connection with visa affairs shall be borne by registrants. (This applies in particular to costs for submitting documents by courier.)
  • Potential participants must be clients of UPS shipping agency and submit their UPS customer reference number to PDA EU (together with their registration).

Registration Fees

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595 Euro


300 Euro


Antje PetzholdtAntje Petzholdt
Manager Registration, Chapters & Membership
Tel: +49 (0) 30 43 655 08-10
Fax: +49 (0) 30 43 655 08-66


Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center
Axel Springer Strasse 55
Berlin 10117
Tel: +49-30-800 928 0
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The Courtyard Berlin City Center is situated in the heart of the action, placing you near landmarks like Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz. You'll find it easy to relax in your modern, well-appointed hotel lodging; all of the spacious rooms showcase free high-speed Wi-Fi access, luxurious bedding, an ergonomic desk, a mini-fridge and more. Fuel up for your morning in the Mitte district with a hot breakfast buffet at Oléo Pazzo, or end your day with a delicious Mediterranean meal.

We also provide a fully equipped fitness center, a sauna and an on-site coffee house. Host a meeting or social event with us here in Berlin city center to make use of 8,342 square feet of versatile venue space, cutting-edge event technology and innovative planning and catering. Make the Courtyard Berlin City Center your destination of choice for your visit to the Mitte district.

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until the 10th October 2018.
Book Your Room for the PDA Group Rate

Single Room € 135 per night*
Double Room € 145 per night*

*Rates are per room and night, including the following services and benefits free of charge:
  • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • VAT, Taxes and Service Charge will apply

How to Get There

Berlin-Tegel Airport - TXL
Airport Phone: +49 30 6091 1150
Hotel direction: 7.1 miles SE

Berlin-Schoenefeld International Airport - SXF
Airport Phone: +49 30 6091 1150
Hotel direction: 11.7 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.


  • On-site parking, fee: 2 EUR hourly, 20 EUR daily


Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities are Available!

For more information about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Nadjeschda Gomez-Stahl
Manager Exhibition & Sponsorship
Tel: +49 (0) 30 43 655 08-23
Fax: +49 (0) 30 43 655 08-66

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