SOURCE: Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA)


October 06, 2015 18:59 ET

Interactive Town Hall Sessions at the BSMA Supply Chain Management Forum October 15, 2015

"Preparing the Biotech Supply Chain for 2025"

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwired - October 06, 2015) - Challenges faced by the biotech industry in its overall supply chain will be specifically addressed in Town Hall sessions, covering areas of the SCM Innovations, Clinical Supply, Career Development of Young Professionals, and Temperature-controlled Distribution. In addition, the Career Development workshop is being organized to help young professionals meet their career objectives. Professionals are encouraged to prepare their questions in advance and participate in the interactive exchange of Problems and Solutions which will be facilitated by subject matter experts.


"Industry 360° - Advancing the Efficacy and Integrity of the Global Supply Chain": Senior SCM executives of the bio-pharma industry will address the subjects of supplier relations development, contract manufacturing and clinical trials management, cold chain technology challenges, IT deployment, Big Data and analytics, integrity in the global supply chain, emerging markets and collaboration for efficiency. Pursuit of SCM Excellence will be the objective in terms of Issues & Answers.

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Andrea Goddard, Vice President & Head of Global Quality Biologics Substance, Genentech
  • Kevin Pegels, Vice President, Global Supply Chain USA, Bayer Healthcare
  • Paul Seaback, Head of Global Supply Chain, Gilead Sciences
  • Curry Prentice, Vice President, Quality and Operations, Kite Pharma
  • Moderator: Wayne McDonnell, Partner, Life Sciences Advisory, PwC

"Reducing Waste, Maximizing Efficiency and Streamlining Your Global Clinical Supply Chain": This session will address how data is captured and used for managing clinical studies. Topics covered and performing drug accountability and reconciliation. A wide range of solutions will be discussed, ranging from manual processes, to automated ERP systems, to hybrid solutions that reflect combining multiple tools and solutions.

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Alyssa Bychowsky, Head, Clinical Supply Chain, Shire
  • Luke Moyer, Supply Chain Solutions Manager, Almac Clinical Services
  • Malou Berdan, Senior Manager, Clinical Supply Chain, BioMarin
  • Michael Dallmann, Director, Global Clinical Supply Chain, Merck
  • Matt Donnelly, Director, Clinical Supply Chain, Genentech
  • Patty Overley, Clinical Supply Executive, Global BioPharm Solutions
  • Moderator: Bill Coakley, Director, Supply Chain Planning, BioMarin

"Trends and Technology innovations for Efficient Cold Chain Management and Distribution of Clinical Supplies": The session will focus on the reality that state-of-the-art technology combined with well-defined processes results in greater control, compliance and visibility across the supply chain. Access to real-time data is particularly important, not only to secure the protection of IMP product, but also to optimize processes across, what can be, a complex supply chain. Inventory visibility alone is not enough. Sponsors today seek data to provide assurance that temperature specifications have been maintained within stipulated guidelines. In addition, the panel will share how fast-changing technology opens new possibilities to the industry enabling service providers to be more reactive with better visibility of clinical supplies as they are distributed across the globe.

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Marsha Davis, Product Marketing Manager (Clinical Trials), Sensitech
  • Tom Robinson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Insync (ORBCOMM)
  • Bill Rambo, Sales and Marketing Director, Priority Solutions
  • Julie Trulson, Director CMC Leader, OncoMed
  • Moderator: Alex Guillen, Global Cold Chain Director, Fisher Clinical Services

"SCM Career Planning for Advancement and Fulfillment": SCM Experts from various segments of the industry will address the issues raised by the participants in the workshop to provide unique insights, guidance to detect iceberg-like organizational impediments and practical how-to suggestions to navigate in the turbulent waters.

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Prashant Yadav, Sr. Research & Director of the Health Care Research Initiative, William Davidson Institute
  • Kevin Pegels, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Bayer Healthcare
  • Susanne Somerville, Former Vice President, Supply Fellow Chain North America, Genentech
  • Jim R. Kellso, Professor of Practice, ASU Supply Chain Management
  • Dave Malenfant, Executive Vice President, Industry Liaison and SCM Talent Development, BSMA
  • Richard Dawe, Director, Operations and Supply Chain, Center of Operations Management, GG University
  • P. J. Shelton, Vice President, Academic Collaboration, CSCMP San Francisco
  • Moderator: Jennifer Parkhurst, Partner, Life Sciences, PwC

"Temperature-Controlled and Cold Chain Supply Chain: Proven Technologies and Practices for Compliance": Deployment of the emerging temperature-controlled logistics and cold chain technology, manifesting from end-to-end of the supply chain, requires packaging engineering standards, business processes, information systems and monitoring mechanisms. The stakeholders will discuss the pitfalls and present a blueprint for the manufacturing, logistics and distribution of temperature-sensitive materials and finished products globally.

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Jim Peyton, Associate Director, Supply Chain, Gilead Sciences
  • Sophia Sharp-Donaldson, Sr. Director and Head of Global Sourcing & Procurement, Baxalta US
  • Doug Wettegren, Business Area Key Account - The Americas, Envirotainer
  • Gary Hutchinson, President, Modality Solutions
  • Phil Evans, Sales Manager, Temperature Sensitive Systems
  • Moderator: Vishal Singal, Principal, Consulting, IMS

BSMA welcomes our sponsors. They include the following:

  • Platinum: Fisher Clinical Services
  • Gold: CargoSense, FedEx, PwC, UPS
  • Bronze: Almac, CLINapps, Envirotainer, NexInfo (Lanyard Sponsor as well)
  • Exhibitors: Pelican Biothermal, Softbox, World Courier (AmerisourceBergen)


The Bio Supply Management Alliance, which organizes the Conference, was born of the need to create a worldwide community of operations and supply chain management leaders and professionals in the biotech, biopharma, and biomedical device industries. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than 400 bio firms, the Alliance provides a forum for collaboration, learning and best practice sharing of practitioners, executives and thought leaders in these uniquely demanding industries.

Because life depends on us, the Bio Supply Management Alliance supports continuous learning and improvement of bio supply management professionals.

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