Highlights 2017

Industry 4.0 or the industrial internet of things in the pharma industry: Is that the future?

Peter Iles-Smith is currently Head of Technical for GlaxoSmithKlines manufacturing IT organisation and has been responsible for the design and development of automation and MES platforms within GSK. He is currently the Design Lead (and Design Authority) for GSK’s serialisation programme, covering implementation from shop-floor to market reporting. Peter has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds and over the last 32 years has held various positions with automation, MES and consultancy companies before joining GSK in 2006.

His Keynote presentation will reveal the growing role of IT and IIoT in industrial manufacturing. Peter will go down to the bottom of: How IIOT will redefine
the healthcare industry? You in on that?

Customizing „off the rack“ MES solutions to meet SME requirements: Best practice from CDMOs in Biopharma.

Kai Ullmann studied business economics in Würzburg and Milton Keynes and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
During the past 17 years, Kai gathered extensive experience in the field of Supply Chain and Sales&Marketing in a variety of positions and industries. Since 2007, Kai is working in the Healthcare Sector in executive positions.
He started his career in Viag Interkom’s marketing department, heald the leading position in the international customer management of Carefusion, and was Manager Sales Strategy and Head of Logistics & Customer Service at Grifols.
Starting April 2014, Kai is Vice President Supply Chain Management at Rentschler and therefore responsible for the overall central planning including the planning forecast, procurement, logistics and further support teams.

Kai will take us on the journey of customizing „off the rack“ MES solutions to meet small & medium size entities requirements. What’s your best practice? Kai will show his from the CDMO‘s point of view in Biopharma. You will learn what difference in requirements your customer segments can make and that upscaling and hyperconverging is not always the way to go. Sometimes succes can be found in downscaling. What’s your key factor for efficient implementation?

MES as an Enabler of Sanofi’s Digital Strategy

Alex Lee is the Sanofi global head of Information Technology and Solutions (ITS) Digital Industrial responsible for leading Sanofi’s Digital Industrial or Manufacturing 4.0 transformation. Alex is also the ITS Industrial Business Partner for Biologics responsible for IT/automation at Sanofi’s Specialty Care US sites. Alex holds a BSEE degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Alex has over 26 years of experience supporting information technologies and shop floor systems (DCS, BMS, PLC and SCADA, MES, historians, etc.) on capital projects and in commercial manufacturing facilities, including bulk manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and warehouses. He has spent the last 20 years in the life sciences industry in the Northeast US. Alex also has experience in the specification, design, deployment and support of digital-related systems, such as data analytics systems, online/at-line analytical testing systems, energy management systems, data historian and reporting systems in his career.

During his Case Study presentation, Alex will point out, why MES mus be seen as the foundational element of the digital strategy and how to leverage technology to maximize its ROI. It’s all about exploiting data and creating business value from business insights. What do you do with your data?


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