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Summary: Philadelphia June 2018

June 6-7 2018 | Philadelphia PA USA

Collaborative Learning that FUELS your Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products

ELPRO and Sonoco ThermoSafe thank the participants of the Leading Minds Seminar this past June 6-7 in Blue Bell, PA for taking such an interest in exchanging ideas with colleagues. To review session highlights including group discussion’s ideas for change, download the post event report here.


Leading Minds 2018 Seminar and User Group Programs

ELPRO and Sonoco ThermoSafe are delighted to have developed the 2018 program with a planning Committee including pharmaceutical manufacturers, supply chain partners and government representatives.


Highlights of the program include:

    • USP Updates to <1079> Risk Mitigation and Use MKT Calculating Controlled Cold and CRT, by speaker Chris Anderson, Cardinal Health, United States Pharmacopeia
    • Sufficient Stability Data: What Will Regulator’s Accept, Types of Studies and Shipping Outside of Label Claim by moderator Geoff Glauser, US Health & Human Services
    • Last Mile for Cold Chain and CRT Clinical and Commercial Challenges, by speaker Jeffery M. Carrico PharmD, BCPS, The National Institutes of Health
    • Comparing Company Approaches to Using a Stability Budget perspectives by Merck and Alnylam
    • Case Study: Establishing Actionable Metrics from Temperature Data Collected by speaker Sharmila Babu, Biogen
    • Blockchain: Potential Impact to the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain by discussion leader Dirk Rodgers, Systech






About Leading Minds Seminars

WHY- Leading Minds Seminars bring together serious-minded practitioners to solve very real, very challenging operational hurdles in the pharmaceutical cold chain. Learning from your peers in other pharma companies, ensures you’re on track, implementing the right, most cost-effective best practices.

All pharmaceutical manufacturers are invited, complimentary (no fee) attendance. Teams welcome.

UNIQUE FUELS FORMAT - Leading Minds Seminars are unique in format and intent: we call it FUELS. Experience sharing and problem solving are at the core of our seminars. LMS programs are 65% discussion based. Step in, sit down, benchmark with other practitioners.

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WHAT TO EXPECT - Day One: Small group discussions, community discussion forums and presentations – focusing on current affairs, regulations and practical case studies that seek to solve business critical issues.
Evening Networking: Call it industry peer team-building. Or just a fun evening of friendly competition games and BBQ dinner outside on lovely June evening. Day Two: Concurrent User Groups. The ELPRO UG fully immerses the participants in using data monitoring and management technology. For 2017, attendees visited sending site and receiving site "stations" to understand different processes and technology available at each step in the supply chain. Small groups discuss and compare individual company approaches; with an outlook to future innovations in data management.



Seminar hosted by:

ELPRO and Sonoco ThermoSafe have been involved in developing cold chain systems for decades. Applying our extensive experience, we want to facilitate the right discussions, between the right supply chain partners to ensure successful business outcomes now, and for the long term. Tradeshows serve a purpose, but sometimes you need more than ‘information overload’. Rather you need a focused group of people, concentrating on developing a detailed, systematic process approach to find the complete solution that you need.


For over 30 years, ELPRO is widely recognized as the global knowledge leader in innovative, Swiss engineered environmental monitoring solutions and data loggers for pharma, healthcare and life science. ELPRO partners with clients to develop solutions that integrate ELPROs high-quality measurement components into their business processes. Clients include biotechs, diagnostic manufacturers, and the top 20 pharma companies. As the inventor of the LIBERO PDF Logger, ELPRO solutions have the lowest total cost of ownership and assist pharmaceutical and healthcare companies around the world preserve and manage stability budgets and simplify their cold chain by reducing manual work, resulting in quicker release times.


Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON), is a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and other temperature sensitive products. Sonoco ThermoSafe shipping solutions mitigate risk for our customers and ensure product efficacy throughout the extremes of a supply chain. With operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Sonoco ThermoSafe has a vast product offering featuring industry-leading technology that encompasses refrigerated, frozen or controlled room temperature applications. In addition, Sonoco ThermoSafe's ISC Labs® design and testing services deliver individualized and innovative packaging solutions along with qualification and validation services to meet all regulatory requirements.


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