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Supply chain leaders gather in Philadelphia in October
The traditional view of supply chain management in life sciences emphasizes fundamentals: optimizing supply chain performance, managing inventory, and controlling risk. These are topics that show up at almost any supply chain or logistics meeting. The “special” factors in life sciences supply chains include multiparty supply chain networks (from API sources, through contract manufacturing services, to outbound logistics); the cold chain for biologics and other temperature-sensitive materials; and the drive toward personalized medicine, both in the context of individualized therapies (think cellular therapy) and delivery to the patient’s home, rather than a retail pharmacy or a hospital.
Both views of the life sciences supply chain will be apparent at this year’s LogiPharma meeting, sponsored by World Business Research and scheduled for Oct. 4–6 in Philadelphia, PA. Traditionally, the meeting brings together supply chain managers across a spectrum of life sciences companies, plus the logistics providers that specialize in pharma distribution.
Presentations and panel discussions include topics on supply chain optimization; advanced demand planning, inventory control, and air vs. ocean transportation. Some of the more intriguing topics:
Nineteen companies, ranging from contract packagers to third-party logistics providers, software vendors and trade networks, are sponsors of the event.
The meeting features a cocktail hour and casino night on the evening of its first day, multiple speaker tracks, and a variety of workshops. Pharmaceutical Commerce is a media sponsor of the event—look for us while attending!