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Conference Documentation: Cold Chain Distribution North America

Cold Chain is an essential component in the globalisation of the pharmaceutical supply chain with an increasing focus on managing the cold chain distribution of temperature sensitive products; to ensure quality, efficacy and compliance are maintained. Approximately 10% of the pharmaceuticals sold worldwide are biopharmaceuticals, equating to $41 billion.

Building on SMi's Cold Chain Distribution Portfolio, we are bringing the conference to the US, creating an event that develops your ability to learn and understand how your peers are working within the cold chain distribution field, with case study led presentations and round table discussions, you’re able to benchmark against others to develop an efficient and effective cold chain distribution process with temperature monitoring, mapping and GDP compliance at the forefront of any strategic planning.

This increased investment means the industry is continuously looking to develop and manage a coherent and efficient supply chain to ensure quality distribution of temperature monitored pharmaceutical products. Storage conditions of these shipments must be monitored and mapped during transit to ensure compliance with the principles of Good Distribution Practice (GDP). With changes to the USP Chapter <1083>, a key focus at SMi’s Conference will be understanding the requirements and assess improvements to ensure a sound cold chain distribution process.


Day 1
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
SMi's Ice Breaker
9:5
Chair's Opening Remarks
Thomas Grubb, Manager, Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
9:10
Opening Address - An update on the USP General Chapter <1083> Good Distribution Practices (GC GDP)
Mary Foster, Chair, Packaging and Storage Expert Committee, US Pharmacopeia (USP)
9:50
How GDPs work hand in hand with securing the supply chain
Brad Elrod, Sr. Manager, Global Logistics Security, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
Round Table Discussion - Assessing shipping validation strategies to enhance the supply chain
Thomas Grubb, Manager, Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
11:40
Case Study: Shipping temperature-sensitive products via airfreight
Thomas Grubb, Manager, Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
12:20
Networking Lunch
13:30
Sustainable packaging – What can be done? And the implementation of best practices within transportation via Ocean Container
14:10
Supporting deviations that arise in transportation
14:50
Afternoon Tea
15:20
Temperature Monitoring a New Generation
Jeff Clark, Founder & CEO, 7PSolutions LLC
16:00
Round Table Discussion - New Technologies for data anlysis - what's the way forward?
Jeff Clark, Founder & CEO, 7PSolutions LLC
16:40
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
Thomas Grubb, Manager, Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines
Day 2
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chair's Opening Remarks
Oumer Salim, Principal Consultant, o2s Consulting, LLC
9:10
Spotlight Opening Address- Temperature Monitoring and Re-qualification
Oumer Salim, Principal Consultant, o2s Consulting, LLC
9:50
Case Study: Enhancing the handling, storage and distribution within cold chain distribution
Lorant Kovacs, Cold Chain Key Account Manager Americas, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Lufthansa German Airlines
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
The End-User Perspective - Case Study: Temperature Control
Michelle Arnot-Kruger, Health Specialist, Health Programmes, UNICEF
11:40
Spotlight Presentation
Harvey Rubin, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Computer Science , University Of Pennsylvania
12:20
Networking Lunch
13:30
The Real Life Scenario
Stephen Hsu, CEO & CSO, Prometheon Pharma LLC
14:20
Implementation of best practices within transportation
15:00
Panel Discussion: Transportation via Ocean Container
Oumer Salim, Principal Consultant, o2s Consulting, LLC
15:00
Panel Discussion: Transportation via Ocean Container
Lorant Kovacs, Cold Chain Key Account Manager Americas, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Lufthansa German Airlines
15:00
Panel Discussion: Transportation via Ocean Container
Harvey Rubin, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Computer Science , University Of Pennsylvania
15:00
Panel Discussion: Transportation via Ocean Container
Michelle Arnot-Kruger, Health Specialist, Health Programmes, UNICEF
15:40
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Afternoon Tea

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