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8th Annual Pharma SCM Summit held in Mumbai


Discussions were held on issues related to pharma supply chain and impact of GST

The 8th edition of Pharma SCM Summit was recently organised by UBM India in Mumbai which witnessed more than 150+ industry leaders gather to network, exchange ideas and latest innovations, form future alliances and shape the future of the pharma supply chain.

The sessions focussed on various aspects of pharma supply chain including impact of GST introduction, strategies for digitalisation in Pharma SCM, warehouse automation, cold chain and inventory management. There were innovative networking sessions during the day like speed networking which helped interact and build contacts with industry leaders.

The day one of the event covered topics like India—Complexity in pharma cold chain logistics and increasing integration with stakeholders by Rajesh Vij, Associate VP Export & Import, Wockhardt; Building a risk mitigated supply chain to avoid supply disruptions by Nihar Medh, VP and Global Procurement Head, Cipla; Discussing the impact and challenges in understanding the change post introduction of GST for the pharma industry as a whole (API, fromulations) by Bimal Jain, Independent Practioner; Temperature-controlled logistics – Solutions for India and Tropical Countries by Samit Jain, MD, Pluss Advanced Technologies; Supply Chain Challenges in Emerging Markets – an European perspective by Chris Wallace, Senior Director – International Supply Chain, Sanofi Genzyme; Challenges in Pharmaceuticals Cold Chain Management by Virendra Chaudhary, Director, Algor Supply Chain Solutions. Two panel discussions were held on way forward post implementation of GST for the pharma sector and increasing importance of maintaining data visibility and forecasting data accurately.

Day two covered topics like overview of global pharma market and adopting Internet of Things (IoT) for smoother supply chains and ensuring visibility and access to accurate data by Avinash Talwar, Director – Supply Chain Management (Strategic & Plant Sourcing), Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Express Transportation Solutions for the pharma industry by Abhik Mitra, MD, SPOTON Logistics; Implementing end-to-end integrated supply chain business process solutions by Chris Wallace, Senior Director – International Supply Chain, Sanofi Genzyme; Forecasting and demand planning in pharma supply chain by Dr Rakesh Singh, Dean Academics, Amity University; Efficient Manufacturing supporting agile Supply Chain by Naveen Pilania, GM- Operational Excellence, Zydus Cadila Healthcare; Supply chain interventions to boost R&D pipeline and handling new launches bySandhya Shenoy, Associate VP, FDC; and Ensuring Supply chain security identifying major threats in supply chain that impact patient safety and loss of business by Yogesh Lawania, Head – API Planning & Global Logistics, Biocon.

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