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January 26, 2010
Clinical Packaging: Driving Efficiencies Through Automation and Innovation
Speakers for this event:
  • Jim Miller, President, PharmSource Learn More
  • William Zeigler, Manager of Project Planning, Catalent Pharma Solutions Learn More
  • Peter Brun, Director, Clinical Supply Services, Catalent Pharma Solutions Learn More
  • Clinical Packaging: Driving Efficiencies Through Automation and Innovation

    Clinical packaging, traditionally a largely manual function, has been slowly progressing to increased levels of automation and convergence with information technology.  Due to unprecedented changes in today’s industry environment, coupled with a volatile global economy,  pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are facing significant challenges.  While products are becoming more and more unstable it is the clinical packagers who must constantly be on the cutting edge of technology to resolve these critical issues. Pressured to ramp up shrinking development pipelines while reducing costs and time to market, companies are increasingly turning to automation and innovation to improve efficiencies. State-of-the art technologies have come to the rescue, helping supply chain managers speed supplies to clinical trials and products to market. Automation and innovation are the lifelines Pharma companies are relying on to stay afloat.


    This webinar will examine the current market and industry trends and discuss the latest innovative and automated technologies in clinical packaging and how they help improve time and cost efficiencies. Additionally, we  will show how companies are leveraging automation and innovation to achieve a more effective, efficient supply chain. 


    We will discuss many automated options available to clinical supply companies, such as random multiple product-fill packaging, advanced vision system technology and flexible, highly automated inline card sealing.


    And for the growing number of pipelines of biotech products we will discuss the advantages of automated and innovative devices for labeling of syringes and insertion of plunger rods.


    With many companies requiring comparator studies, demand for over encapsulation is also increasing. We will talk about the capabilities of automated over encapsulation and the multiple dosage forms that can be achieved.


    Please join us and learn about the latest automated equipment capabilities to help increase your speed to market. At the conclusion of the presentation there will be time allotted for Q & A.



    Senior level executives in R&D and Clinical Supply functions for pharmaceutical/biotech companies worldwide.



    Jim Miller, President, PharmSource 

    Jim Miller is the founder and president of PharmSource. A preeminent expert in bio/pharmaceutical outsourcing, Jim established and presides over the pharmaceutical industry’s principal source of market intelligence on the business of contract research, development and manufacturing of bio/pharmaceuticals. PharmSource’s subscription databases, reports and consulting services are used by major pharmaceutical companies, contract manufacturers and contract research organizations to understand key market trends, identify new business opportunities and establish effective business and sourcing strategies. Jim writes regular columns on outsourcing for Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology Europe, and BioPharm magazines.


    Jim’s other career highlights include a stint as president and chief operating officer of St. Anthony Publishing, a pioneering provider of value-added information services to hospitals and physician practices. He was a consultant in corporate strategy with the Boston Consulting Group, a project economist for the World Bank, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. He holds an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


    William Zeigler , Manager of Project Planning , Catalent Pharma Solutions 

    William Zeigler is Manager, of Project Planning for Catalent Pharma Solutions. In this role, Bill is responsible for package leading projects that directly relate to company initiatives that focus on continuously improving areas of operational excellence, innovation and on time delivery. He consistently is achieving results that significantly and positively impact the customer’s satisfaction, cost savings, quality and safety. He is a certified Kaizen Leader (Lean Six Sigma) through Catalent’s Operational Excellence program. Bill joined Catalent in 2005 and has been in the Clinical Packaging industry for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Catalent Bill was a Supervisor of Packaging Design at Fisher Clinical Services, Inc. where he learned the Clinical contract packaging industry from the ground floor. While there, he was a vital part of advancing their capabilities and developing a high quality department .


    Bill is currently a member of The Healthcare and Compliance Packaging Council, The Institute of Packaging Professionals and The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, Management and Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.

    Peter Brun, Director, Clinical Supply Services, Catalent Pharma Solutions 

    Peter Brun received his degree in pharmacy at University of Tuebingen in 1989. After two years of practical experience in a pharmacy, he decided to join PCI allpack which was a leading contract packaging company for the pharmaceutical industry, where he started as head of the analytical laboratory.


    In 1993 Peter became head of quality assurance and quality control and signed as qualified person for all product releases. He was responsible for the DIN ISO 9001 certification of PCI allpack.


    In parallel, Peter developed a profit center within PCI allpack for manufacturing and packaging clinical trial supplies for the global pharmaceutical industry. PCI allpack was subsequently acquired by Cardinal Health and today is part of Catalent Pharma Solutions.


    Since 1997, Peter has been the Director, Clinical Supply Services for Catalent’s Schorndorf, Germany facility and has responsibility for a group of approximately 100 employees.


    Peter Brun is also founding member of the IMPG (Investigational Medical Product Group) and a former member of the Steering Committee.


    Catalent Pharma Solutions is an industry leader with 25 years of experience and resources in the clinical supplies industry. Catalent has a proven track record in worldwide logistics management and regulatory affairs. Catalent provides an integrated, comprehensive, full-service operation for clinical trials materials preparation in support of Phase I through Phase IV studies, covering virtually all dosage forms. Our clinical supply services are cGMP compliant and include established clinical trial material and material management SOPs with QA oversight.


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