Free Webcast: How Drug Manufacturers are Aligning Technology with Corporate Strategy

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In this March 12 webcast, "Focus on KPI's to Improve Compliance and Traceability in Pharmaceutical Operations," find out how Best-in-Class manufacturers establish cradle-to-grave traceability and overcome data transfer and IT hurdles.

Focus on KPI's to Improve Compliance and Traceability in Pharmaceutical Operations

Traceability is critical for improving supply chain agility and dealing with such quality disasters as product recalls. The drug industry has not always had a stellar record in these areas, as evidenced by last year's heparin recall.

For several years, the Aberdeen Group has been studying how various industries approach traceability and compliance. After lagging far behind other industries in such Key Performance Indicators as On Time Shipments, Products in Compliance and Response Time to Non-Conforming Shipments, pharmaceutical manufacturers have made significant improvements in performance, Aberdeen research shows.

More drug manufacturers are investing in the technologies required, including ERP, MES and QMS, and aligning technologies with corporate strategy. In this webcast, "Focus on KPI's to Improve Compliance and Traceability in Pharmaceutical Operations," Aberdeen Group senior analyst Matthew Littlefield discusses how pharma is reacting to the traceability challenge, aligning technology and KPIs with strategy, and achieving bottom-line results.

The ultimate in traceability, from the manufacturing plant to the point of use, will also be discussed on this program by experts who participated in a drug industry traceability pilot program, part of Europe's BRIDGE initiative. The BRIDGE pharma sector project showed that traceability is possible from premanufacturing stages through to the patient's hospital bedside.

Experts involved in the project, including Henri Bartel, BRIDGE coordinator and director of global partnerships and projects for GS1, discuss breakthroughs as well as the data transfer and IT hurdles that remain in making traceability the drug industry norm.

The webcast, sponsored by Tunnell, SAP, and PANalytical, will take place Thursday, March 12, at 11:00 AM ET/10:00 AM CT/9:00 AM PT/16:00 GMT.

Visit the following link to register for the event: http://pharmawebcasts.net/

You may also use this link to register for other upcoming webcasts:

Redefining Pharmaceutical Process Validation (March 26, 2009)
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Gears Up for 2020 (April 23, 2009)
LEAN and Six Sigma: Sustaining Gains Throughout the Product Lifecycle (June 4, 2009)

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