27.02.2018 // Politics

Strengthening Pharma Supply Chain Management

At the 3rd BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress in Frankfurt, more than 200 top managers will discuss the latest megatrends in the pharmaceutical industry until Thursday.

Also held the opening speech again in 2018: BME Managing Director Dr. Silvius Grobosch. Photo: Jochen Günther/BME Also held the opening speech again in 2018: BME Managing Director Dr. Silvius Grobosch. Photo: Jochen Günther/BME

When the word' pharmaceuticals' falls, many people often think only of the development of drugs. Only a few of them deal with the particular importance of supply chains,"said BME CEO Dr. Silvius Grobosch at the opening of the 3rd BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress in Frankfurt on Tuesday. It is the supply chain that makes it possible to provide urgently needed medicines and vaccines for patients, even if they are in rural or crisis-induced areas. In addition, the supply chain has a major influence on the total cost of a pharmaceutical product.

According to Grobosch, the leadership qualities needed for the pharmaceutical supply chain of the future will change dramatically as globalization and digitization progresses. He added that this change mainly affects the areas of technology and innovation. The 3rd BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress will provide answers to the following important questions: How can we identify and attract new talent? What key competencies are required for future supply chains? And how can we ensure that the skills of our employees are constantly developing? Grobosch spoke out in favour of strengthening supply chain management in the health care sector through multi- and bilateral development cooperation.

This year's BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress will close on Thursday. Top managers of the industry, supply chain and global health experts discuss the latest megatrends in the pharmaceutical industry with the participants. The conference is Europe's only peer-for-peer event for executives in supply chain management in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. In 2018, the BME will also be supported by a steering committee in the planning and implementation of the event. The expert panel consists of 17 high-ranking supply chain managers from the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

On the last day of the event, the BME offers its participants two excursions and a workshop: Excursion 1 allows a look behind the scenes of the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. Excursion 2 leads to Amazon Koblenz GmbH. A special workshop deals with the topic "Supply Chain Network Resilience".

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