The second ISPE Europe Conference is a vital element of ISPE’s Europe strategy — according to ISPE Europe Manager Dr. Thomas Zimmer who is now heavily involved in the organizational work in the run-up to the conference. In an exclusive interview with PharmaTEC, Dr. Zimmer reveals how he intends to make the European branch, which has 4000 members, a force to reckon with and how the Europe Conference fits into that strategy.
For many years, ISPE (International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering) had the reputation of being extremely American-centric. However things are changing and the process of European emancipation continues to gather momentum. Dr. Thomas Zimmer, who was elected ISPE Europe Manager in November 2013, personifies that trend. He is now in the midst of preparations for the second annual European ISPE conference. He has a strategy in mind for positioning the Euro- pean branch over the coming years within the 20 000-member non- profit organization.
“The annual conference is a core element of our Europe strategy, and last year’s event was a big success”, said Zimmer who can tap into a large network from his time at Boehringer Ingelheim. He knows from first-hand experience where the crunch problems lie in pharmaceutical production.
The conference will be held again at the Frankfurt Airport Hotel and the event will be even bigger this time around. 400 professionals are expected to attend four conference tracks which will run in parallel. IT is now included, and the focus will be on major issues such as GAMP, big data and data integrity reported Zimmer.
Two plants tours are also planned, namely an excursion to Sanofi- Aventis to take a first-hand look at insulin production and a visit to the Lufthansa Cargo Center to learn more about how a logistics center is responding to the new Good Transportation Praxis guidelines.
The Executive Forum is directed at middle and upper management with an emphasis on benchmarks and comparisons with other industries. Dirk Pfitzer from Porsche will speak about Managing Complexity, and the food company Nestlé will share information on its strategy for guaranteed contamination prevention and purity. Last but not least, Mc Kinsey Principal Raul Rutten will talk about surveys and state-of-the-art metrics.
In addition to the annual conference, a second big event is planned for next year which will have a different thematic profile and will be held at a different location.
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