Key Insights for Bio-Pharma Supply Chain at BSMA’s 10th Annual Supply Chain Management Forum

Key Insights for Bio-Pharma Supply Chain at BSMA’s 10th Annual Supply Chain Management Forum

‘Driving Innovation and Technology in the Bio-pharma Supply Chain’

BSMA really are ‘driving innovation and technology’ with their latest conference. This year, the 10th Annual Supply Chain Management Forum took place in Foster City, CA on 12 October 2017. As a member of BSMA I had the opportunity to attend this excellent event. With more than 200 attendees, it was a great networking opportunity for supply chain thought leaders, supply chain managers and suppliers alike. Many thanks to Pam Gardner, Dave Malenfant, Devendra Mishra and the team at BSMA for organising this event.

As an example of one of the many successful moments at this conference, Kite Pharma – now owned by Gilead Sciences – won the Supply Chain Achievement Award for a very innovative supply chain. Congratulations to Kite on this well-deserved recognition. Kite is an industry leader in the emerging field of cell therapy, which uses a patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer. Kite have developed a patient-manufacture-patient closed supply chain, a remarkable achievement considering the complete process takes between 14 – 16 days. To do this, they not only had to compress many manufacturing steps, but they also had to leverage many connected Information Technology systems to allow real time visibility and management of the end-to-end supply chain.

Overall this conference was a professional gathering of supply chain strategists and I look forward to attending future BSMA events. The next event is currently being organised by BSMA Europe, taking place 25 May 2018, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Click here to keep up to date with the latest details. 


Here’s a list of other highlights from the latest US BSMA conference:

There were keynote addresses, presentations, and industry panels, a technology showcase (Multi-Track Break-Out Sessions) were presented by experts in the following areas:

  • Blockchain: The Playbook for Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Offshoring for Lower Total Cost of Ownership
  • Integrated Clinical Supply Chain Systems
  • Cold Chain and Temperature-controlled Logistics
  • Data Analytics for Bio-pharma Industry Transformation
  • Digitalization and Cloud Technology for Healthcare
  • Packaging for Clinical and Commercial Drugs

Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) supports continuous learning and improvement of bio supply management professionals and the enhancement of the efficacy of the supply chain of the industry through collaboration. For 10 years, BSMA, the first industry initiative dedicated to bringing together the stakeholders of the global biotech industry supply chain, continues to foster its mission to accelerate the profitable growth of companies by developing, advancing, and disseminating best practices, knowledge, and research through collaboration and networking. This conference has been recognized to be the most informative, interactive, technology-enabling and solution-sharing event in the bio-pharma space where drug manufacturers lead, academia provide research and suppliers/service providers support.

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