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The Digital Robot Pharma Fab

Jun 24, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Europe

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In this one-day workshop, the world of robots, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and overall digitalization will be presented. Drawing references from other industries, the potential for pharma applications will be demonstrated while introducing and transparently assessing risks and advantages. This includes a regulatory viewpoint.

The attendees shall receive insights into

  • To what extent are these technologies feasible today and ready to be used?
  • What is possible today with respect to pharma applications?
  • Where are the limitations, if any, and what are they?
  • What shall be considered when starting a project today?
  • The workshop includes lectures as well as hands-on training by mock ups and live activities presented in the exhibition hall.

This workshop serves as an initial introduction and includes some hands-on learning opportunities while focusing on personal exchange amongst all attendees and speakers. As this world continues to move and change fast, the aim is to provide this workshop repeatedly in an effort to present novel developments and solutions on an ongoing basis with future PDA conferences.


  • Monday, 24 June 2019

    Welcome & Introduction
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    Martin Dueblin, Workshop Leader, One One Eleven


    The entire operations of a typical pharma fab will be grouped into the respective business areas: External logistics, warehouse, internal logistics, dispensing, compounding, filling, sterilizing, inspection, labelling, labs, infrastructure, QA, QC, FM, management, etc. The needs will be summarized and the potentials for implementing new technologies addressed.

    Robot World

    Ueli Schlaepfer, Helbling Technik

    • What do we have to understand about robots?
    • What capabilities do robots have today?
    • What are the next generations of robots?
    • How to get to a robust and reliable robot system?

    11:15 – 11:45
    Coffee Break & Exhibition

    Eric Gastel, Interlog Management

    • How does a traditional logistics organization operate today?
    • What alternatives are available already?
    • What might logistics look like in the near future?
    • In what way may a transition happen?

    Robots in Pharma Production
    Martin Dueblin, One One Eleven

    • What are possible applications?
    • Where are robots already in use?
    • What are the benefits?
    • Do we just talk robot or is there more potential in using them?

    13:15 – 14:15
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    There will be machinery and mock-ups presented in the exhibition area for gaining hands-on experience.


    Transitioning from today's business into other industries, does this mean, there will be robots in every possible position? What are the alternatives? There is a development ongoing which will lead to a completely different future and new reality.
    Starting with the first business idea, executing a project, bringing it into operation, running the manufacturing, it will affect and influence all internal operations, across the whole life cycle. What are the advantages of these developments?
    What dimensions do we have to consider and what new business models are possible?

    14:15 Future Manufacturing
    Robert Roennback, Ferring

    • Is it only continuous manufacturing?
    • Is it only continuous manufacturing?
    • What does this mean to the Pharma business?
    • What might be the consequences at the longer end?

    15:00 – 15:45
    Coffee Break & Interactive Hands-On Exhibition Continuation from Lunch Break

    Lab Automation
    Oskari Vinko, UniteLabs

    • Is automation only possible for manufacturing?
    • What solutions are available today?
    • What does the market consider and what developments have been started?
    • What might a lab look like in future?


    Pharma Business Transition
    Valerio di Giovanni, Altran

    • In what way do robots, AI and full digitalization influence the business?
    • How do we have to prepare ourselves for the upcoming steps?
    • Are we ready to do so?
    • How might a typical pharma fab be organized and what does this mean to the pharma business?

    Summary & Conclusion of Workshop

    Martin Dueblin, Workshop Leader, One One Eleven

    Possibility for Additional Exchange

    Please feel free and use the opportunity to gain further hands- on experience with the installations in the exhibition area.

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Apollolaan 138
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)20 7106000

  • Accommodations

    Hotel Website

    The iconic hotel, steeped in history and refinement, sits in the luxurious residential area of Amsterdam, a 10-minute walk from attractions like Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark. The elegant rooms - such as the famous John & Yoko Suite - provide the comfort you seek alongside amenities like the equipped Health Club. Explore fine Italian cuisine at Roberto’s or creative cocktails and a spacious garden terrace at Half Moon Lounge.

    Hosting up to 700 guests in our 21 meeting areas, only 20 minutes from Schiphol and close to RAI Convention Center & World Trade Center, the hotel offers a private entrance, on-site parking and a marina backdrop.

    PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until the 18th April 2019.
    Book Your Room for the PDA Group Rate

    Single Room € 256 per night*
    Double Room € 277 per night*

    *Rates are per room and night, including the following services and benefits
    • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
    • Wireless Internet Connection (WI-FI)
    • VAT, excluding 6% city tax
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How to Get Here

By Air

Nearest Airport: Schiphol - AMS
Airport Phone:
+31 20 794 0800

By Car

5 km, 20 min by car.

Take the A4 onto the A10 and exit at Amstelveen/S108. Turn right at traffic lights onto Amstelveenseweg. Turn right onto Stadionweg. Follow the Hilton signs onto Olympiaweg. Turn right onto Apollolaan. Turn left at 3rd traffic light.

The Hilton Amsterdam is at Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam, 1077 BG, Netherlands.

Other Options

Subway/rail: 5.00 EUR.

Taxi: 35.00 EUR.


Registration Fees

Regular Price
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All Participants €795

All fees given in Euro and excluding VAT (21%)

Group Registration Discount: Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the event and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

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