9:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks


9:10 am
Reviewing the Business Case for Blockchain Adoption Across the Pharma Supply Chain

  • Priya Gopal Regulatory/ Pharma Strategist, Gilead Sciences
  • Manuela Maria Schoner Project Manager, Corporate Strategy & Consulting, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Kate Gofman Global Safety Physician, AI & Blockchain Innovator, AstraZeneca
  • Jason Fisher Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Remedichain


  • Exploring the true cost of blockchain implementation – from PoC into the business
  • How to sell the value and make the business case to your organization
  • ROI and benefits realization – what is the timeframe for pay-off, what is the expected return
  • A review of PoCs to date and taking a measured view of the feasibility of blockchain to solve common challenges across the global pharma supply chain
  • Is blockchain a technology here to stay? How to build flexibility into the system
  • Overcoming security fears


9:50 am
Blockchain for Contracting & Chargebacks


  • Utilising blockchain to bring greater clarity to contracting and chargebacks in the pharma supply chain
  • Understanding the challenges of blockchain integration amongst industry partners
  • Building the business case and working out the ROI
  • Exploring the potential network benefits that blockchain can bring

10:10 am Morning Refreshments & Networking

10:40 am
Adapting Trade Flows to Incorporate Blockchain Technology


  • Exploring new efficiencies that blockchain can bring to trade across different geographies
  • Envisaging how finance will move across the supply chain: will blockchain inhibit or enhance trade flows?
  • Learning how smart contracts can reduce cost and time of transactions for export trade
  • Understanding how logistics can leverage blockchain to speed up customs processes
  • Ensuring interoperability between different country systems

11:00 am
Remedichain Pilot: Reducing Drug Wastage & Increasing Access to Medicines

  • Jason Fisher Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Remedichain


  • Envisioning how blockchain can be used to track and verify specialty prescription drugs
  • The technology required to achieve this
  • Exploring the challenges associated with selecting which blockchain platform and consensus mechanism to use.
  • What have been the results so far and its ROI?

11:20 am Panel Q&A


Speakers from Round 1 of Use Cases will come together for a shared discussion about the contrasting challenges they have faced

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm
Use Case 4:
Integrating Firm-wide Security Features with the Supply Chain Through Blockchain


  • Learning how Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is developing blockchain security features that interact with the entire business
  • Understanding the expected technology requirements to achieve this
  • Overcoming challenges integrating the system with all stakeholders
  • Exploring private and public blockchain concepts for future collaboration

1:20 pm
Use Case 5:
MediLedger FDA Pilot for the 2023 DSCSA Requirements & Interoperability

  • Matt Sample VP Manufacturer Operations, AmerisourceBergen


  • Determining how blockchain can meet the 2023 DSCSA compliance requirements
  • Examining the current gaps in 2023 interoperabilty
  • Exploring how blockchain can augment current technology and fill in the gaps
  • Clarifying the scope and timing of the pilot

1:40 pm Panel Q&A


Speakers from Round 2 of Use Cases will come together for a shared discussion about the contrasting challenges they have faced

2:10 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking


2:30 pm The Convergence of Blockchain & IoT Reinvents the Supply Chain for the Digital Era

  • Timothy Mackey Director, Global Health Policy Institute & Associate Professor, University of San Diego


• Envisioning blockchain as the engine driving a digital transformation of the traditional supply chain
• Leveraging blockchain, IoT, and advanced analytics to track, trace, and monitor product along the supply chain
• Achieving visibility in near real time, and optimize inventory practices throughout the ecosystem
• Examining how IoT enabled remote monitor of product movement along the supply chain Automating data

3:00 pm Managing Cyber Security & Mitigating Risk in Blockchain Applications

  • Mitch Parker Executive Director, Information Security and Compliance , Indiana University Health


  • Understanding the basic risk assessment and management steps needed to implement blockchain technology
  • How does blockchain change information security?
  • Exploring the impact of smart contracts on your information security programme
  • Why it’s important to focus on network based security
  • Examining the uses of cloud provider services
  • Learning how security can positively impact mutually shared consortia

3:30 pm
Examining How to Scale-up Your Blockchain Pilot


  • What technical requirements are needed before it becomes possible to scale up?
  • How to handle and monitor a larger volume of transactions
  • What challenges may be faced at this stage?

4:00 pm Chair Closing Remarks

4:10 pm Conference Close

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