All Times Below Are in EDT

9:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks: Reflecting on a Year of Change: Welcome to a New Paradigm in R&D Procurement & Sourcing

Shifting Internal Dynamics: Organizational Restructure & Reprioritization

9:10 am Case Study: Supporting R&D & Change of Portfolio Direction in the Wake of the Pandemic


• Rapid shift in pipeline focus / sourcing tactics and acting proactively to counteract supply chain disruptions
• Solutions / services prioritized
• Enabling business continuity

9:40 am Fireside Chat: Virtual Procurement Of Study Related Medication And Supplies – Leverage Existing Trade Channel Inventories to Meet a Trial’s Needs with Less Risk and a Reduction in Program Cost

  • Tom Gottschalk Senior Director of Business Development , TrialCard
  • Rebecca Griffith-Eskew Vice President, Salarius Pharmaceuticals
  • Jason Nolte Clinical Supply Chain Consultant & Solutions Partner for Pharmaceutical/ Biotech Companies, Radiant Clinical Supply Solutions


• Learn how to de-risk the supply process
• Learn how to reduce program cost
• Learn how to better meet the needs of todays’ trials by being more agile, efficient and streamlined

10:10 am Speed Networking


Grab a morning coffee / tea and enjoy this whilst meeting fellow industry experts and event speakers. An opportunity to network, discuss and collaborate with like-minded leaders, enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Don’t forget to share your virtual business card!

11:00 am Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned from Covid-19


• How are we navigating and working differently in this environment to continue delivering business goals?
• Is the past year going to influence future sourcing tactics?
• What saw the most significant disruptions and what is being done to mitigate these in the future to ensure pipeline progression and timely market launches?

11:50 am Best Practices for Managing Risk when Diversifying and Partnering with New Suppliers

  • Larry Sinkuler Vertical Solutions Consultant - Healthcare, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions
  • Minoo Hosseini Vertical Solutions Consultant | Healthcare, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions Group


• Discuss the key trends that are occurring worldwide that are creating the
need for a diversified supply chain
• Identify potential risks associated with bringing on new partners
• Define a strategy for properly vetting new partnership organizations to
protect against fraudulent suppliers and avoid costly fines and possible
reputational damage
• Understand how LexisNexis Risk Solutions seamlessly integrates identity
and access management solutions that promote interoperability and
ensure ease and proper access to proprietary data without compromising
data security

12:20 pm Collaborating With CMOs to Increase Efficiency & Overcome Capacity Issues & the Impact of a Complex Pandemic Scenario

  • Luiz Barberini Operations Manager - External Manufacturing Latin America , Bayer


• Partner with CMOs to promote innovation
• Utilize Lean and continuous improvement to drive efficiency and improve operations
• Get alignment with CMOs to better manage capacity and risk
• Takeaways and tips that can be implemented to improve relationships

12:50 pm Networking & Break


Whilst enjoying a bite to eat, you can take part in:

121 Pre-Scheduled Meetings with Our Event Partners:
Take part in 1:1 networking with leading solution providers and learn how capabilities can fast-track your team’s pipeline progress

Group Networking:

Join your fellow attendees in the chat rooms for groups discussions reflecting on the earlier sessions. Collaborate and connect to consider applying new ideas and innovations to propel your pipelines forward.

1:30 pm Panel Discussion: Internal & External Diversity in Pharma Procurement & Sourcing


• A look at the value of diverse leadership and building diverse and inclusive working environments
• How are US & EU biopharma approaching talent identification, recognition and retention?
• Diversity in the supply chain – the benefits of industry coming together to build systemic socially aware change into supply chains

2:45 pm Preclinical Shifts in Sourcing Tactics to Understand & Support R&D

  • Elizabeth Shewell Former Director R&D Procurement, Preclinical & Early Phase / Principle, Allergan / Independent Consultant


• A case study on how preclinical teams were able to transition priorities quickly and effectively to supporting activities related to internal and external changes
• How have preclinical teams reacted to increased demand for procuring services typically done in house
• Increased speed to contract when R&D pivots
• Pre-acquisition and preclinical shifts – managing preclinical pivots internally before AbbVie acquisition

2:45 pm Afternoon Break – Make Sure to Visit our Virtual Exhibition Room & Meet our Event Partners:

Navigating Increasing R&D Spend & Risk

3:15 pm Interactive Session: Developing & Building a Best-in-Class Procurement Organization

  • Chris Kane Director, Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing , Sarepta Therapeutics


Hear from leadership perspectives on what worked for building out their teams and expanding capabilities. Join the discussion to gain answers specific to your organization’s goals.
• Exploring and sharing business models for growing teams and responsibilities
• Is a category management approach right for your organization?
• Restructuring whilst maintaining high level of service to internal teams and delivering on savings targets

4:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks, End of Day One & Networking


Take part in group networking or use the private chat functions to meet fresh and familiar faces and reflect on Day One of the meeting. We look forward to welcoming you back for Day Two!