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The 2nd Life Sciences Supply Chain Summit - Asia Pacific September 25-26, 2013, Novotel Singapore

Key Themes Being Tackled at This Year's Event

Day One Day Two

Day One: Wednesday 25th September

Opening Session: Introduction to the Event

9:15-9:30 Introduction from the event Chair

Our chair, an experienced executive on supply chain success in Asia, will share his top tips on how to successfully adapt supply chain strategies to the requirements of the region and will walk you through the main topics for the event.

Johnny Ang, Assistant Director, GS1 Singapore

What Constitutes Supply Chain Success in Asia

9:30-10:00 In Practice:

In this presentation, Sanjay Desai, will chart ThermoFisher’s story in Asia, imparting his inside knowledge on how the company were able to adapt their supply chain to fit the region’s complexities.

Sanjay Desai, Director Supply Chain – APAC, ThermoFisher

10:00-10:30 Interactive:

In this brainstorming session, discuss the common success factors that demonstrate successful growth in Asia for a life sciences manufacturer. You’ll split into groups, with each group selecting a representative to feed back their findings to the rest of the audience.

10:30-11:15 – Coffee Break in the Networking Zone

Managing Cost & Collaboration in the Hospital Supply Chain

11:15-12:00 In Practice :

As hospitals and health systems across the region gain more supply chain capabilities, discuss what can be done from a collaborative angle in order to enhance supply chain efficiency for all parties involved in the end-to-end process

Lok Mun Leng, Assistant Director - Strategic Procurement, Singapore Health
Sanjay Desai, Director Supply Chain – APAC, ThermoFisher

12:00-12:30 Interactive:

In this interactive session, you’ll break into groups made up of equal numbers of pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical devices manufacturers, hospital executives and solution providers. You’ll be given the task of identifying the challenges, opportunities, dos and don'ts of working with hospitals. Each group will collaboratively come up with points for each section and choose a representative to feed back to the rest of the audience.

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

Breakout Session: Global Complexity in Focus

In this session, GS1 will first deliver a presentation on their work in the life sciences industry. You'll then split into pharmaceuticals and medical devices-specific sessions to discuss the impact of global regulation on your supply chain.

13:30- 14:00 In Theory:

First, GS1 will give an update to the entire audience on their current standards, with a special focus on Asia and collaboration between life sciences supply chain segments. Make sure you attend this session to get a rundown of where you need to be with regards to standards.
Johnny Ang, Assistant Director, GS1 Singapore

14:00-14:45 In Practice *Split Between Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices*

In this session leaders from each split group will discuss their best practices on adhering and adapting to upcoming and existing regulation including:

  • e-pedigree
  • The EU GDP
  • The China FDA Regulation
  • UDI for Medical Devices
  • Track & Trace

14:45-15:30 – One2One Meetings in the Networking Zone


15:30-16:15 In Practice:

In this presentation, learn how life sciences companies can strike a balance in achieving efficiency and responsiveness in their fulfilment in a centralized supply chain network. Hear how Min Yuan Seow has personally spear headed the transformation of BD’s supply chain network in Asia Pacific by creating a regional distribution centre in Singapore coupled with a demand/supply planning Centre of Excellence.  Hear how this model has gained stability and maturity over the past 2 years, and allowed BD to reap tremendous benefits.

Min Yuan Seow, Regional Supply Chain Manager, Greater Asia, Becton Dickinson

16:15-17:00 Workshop:

During this session, Keith Carter, currently a Professor at NUS and a former supply chain innovator at Esteé Lauder, will host a workshop on healthcare industry collaboration.

17:00-18:00 – Networking Drinks


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Day Two: Thursday 26th September

Opening Session: Day Two Opener


We'll briefly re-cap day one's findings and outline what to expect from day 2.

Innovative Practices for the Life Sciences Supply Chain

9:15-10:00 In Practice:

During this presentation, Don Harding will reveal the evolution of Mölnlycke Healthcare’s Integrated Business Planning (IBP) journey, detailing a move beyond traditional S&OP concepts to create Mölnlycke Business Management (MBM). He details the major complexities that require managing, the behavioural changes that need implementing and the ‘game changers’ that have made MBM a resounding success so far

Don Harding, Head of Supply Chain Asia Pac, Mölnlycke Healthcare

10:00-10:45 – Coffee and One2One Meetings in the Networking Zone

Acquiring and Retaining the Best of Life Sciences Supply Chain Talent

10:45-11:15 In Practice:

Is there a supply chain talent gap in Asia? In this session, we’ll discuss the importance of raising home-grown supply chain talent – explore the functions of university programmes, apprenticeships and ensure that supply chain becomes an essential function in Asia

Edwin Sia, Operations Director, Quintiles

Don Harding, Head of Supply Chain Asia Pac, Mölnlycke Healthcare

Craig Bruschke, Director - Strategic Procurement, Agilent

11:15-11:45 Interactive:

Following on from Min Yuan Seow's presentation from yesterday, we'll bring the LSPs into the conversation. A recent eyefortransport survey revealed that manufacturers and LSPs are not necessarily always on the same page when it comes to identifying the biggest challenges involved in choosing an LSP. Cost  was highlighted as being of much higher importance to manufacturers than for LSPs. In this interactive session, brainstorm the ideal traits in an LSP partner.

The Future of the Life Sciences Supply Chain

11:45-12:30 Interactive

In this session, discuss how the landscape of the life sciences industry and its supply chain might alter in the coming years. The recent Life Sciences Supply Chain Report highlighted some key areas for future development in the life sciences industry. Each attendee will be given a complimentary copy of the report and info-graphic and we'll discuss some key areas of interest to wrap up the event.

We’ll explore:

  • Consolidation – will manufacturers and logistics service providers consolidate over the coming years?
  • Will growth in China and India neutralise? What effect will this have on your operations?
  • New Distribution Models – including the impact of direct-to-patient delivery

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30 – Conference Ends

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