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Leading Minds Seminars
"Temperature Control Tuesdays"
May 19 - June 16

Leading Minds Seminars
"Temperature Control Tuesdays"
May 19 - June 16



Please note that all sessions are only available in English.

May 19 | 9:00am EST

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain & Distribution Center Contingencies During COVID-19: Collaborative Learning Q&A

Moderator: Courtney Becker-James, Strategic Marketing Director, ELPRO
Panelists: Patrick Girten, Manager, Quality Distribution US/PR, Bristol Myers Squibb; Michael Hollweck, Senior Manager QA Logistics Americas, Celgene.

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Supply chains across industries all over the world are broken and faltering. Pharmaceutical supply chains face the same challenges, with one big difference – the patient. While many pharmaceutical businesses are fighting to supply kits and find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 – there are still patients with life-threatening illnesses or chronic diseases that need medications.

This panel of QA and logistics experts will share their experiences during COVID-19 in re-routing, re-planning their distribution center operations and supply chains. They will discuss contingency plans, current impact, and how they foresee business post-COVID. Discussion topics include:

  • Precautionary DC operations during COVID
  • Creating redundancy in distribution with secondary sites and logistics providers
  • Approving new contingency routes
  • Shipping cross borders and customs
  • Virtual audits – is this a viable future for pharmaceutical QA supply chains?
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May 26 | 9:00am EST

United States Pharmacopeia Updates & Feedback Shipping into Brazil

Presenter: Glaucia Karime Braga, Co-Chair, <1079> Expert Committee, United States Pharmacopeia & Auditor,

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Chris Anderson, Director, Quality Systems, Cardinal Health, USP Packaging and Distribution

Expert Committee Member, USP <1079> Sub-Committee Co-Chair, U.S. Pharmacopeia


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With input from industry, changes have been made to USP <1079> including a new chapter on using MKT. These were published in Pharmacopeial Forum 45(5) September 2019 and come into effect late 2020. This webinar will discuss the changes and how they apply to temperature controlled supply chains, including:

  • Updates made to <1079> Risks and Mitigation Strategies for the Storage and Transportation of Finish Drug Products
  • Changes to <659> Packaging and Storage Requirements
  • The new <1079.2> Mean Kinetic Temperature in the Evaluation of Temperature Excursions During Storage and Transportation of Drug Products
  • 5-year Outlook: What does the USP foresee coming in the next few years?
  • Current experiences shipping temperature control in Brazil
  • Practitioner/audience Q&A
Watch on demand

June 2 | 9:00am EST

Exploring Sustainability in the Packaging World  

Moderator: Vivian Berni, Director of Product Management, Sonoco ThermoSafe

Panelists: Mark Everitt, Qualfication Engineer, AstraZeneca

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Even in normal times, the topic of sustainability typically confronts competing priorities and disruptions as professionals in our industry manage change across multiple initiatives. Maintaining focus can be challenging. In times of crisis, it can be even more difficult. We invite you to think critically about long-term sustainability when it comes to packaging and processes. The learning objectives for this webinar are to:

  • Benchmark with peers in the industry
  • Address sustainability misconceptions
  • Identify challenges to starting a sustainability initiative
  • Discuss opportunities in implementing packaging sustainability
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June 9 | 9:00am EST

Transport/ Packaging Qualifications – Where Are We?

Moderator: Ben Vanderplas, Manager, Engineering and R&D, Sonoco ThermoSafe
Panelists: Mark Everitt, Qualfication Engineer, AstraZeneca, Michael English, Director Engineering Packaging Technical Operations, Merck

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Across the full supply chain, packaging safeguards drug product from external influences and foreign materials. To assure that pharmaceutical packaging functions as required, validation needs to be planned and executed before the drug product is available in the marketplace. Join us to discuss updates from the ISTA and PDA communities related to temperature-controlled packaging. The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  • Create awareness of the ISTA Pharma Committee
  • Share ISTA Pharma Committee organizational updates
  • Share a synopsis of the soon to be released Passive Thermal Packaging System Operational Qualification Best Practice Guideline
  • Share PDA organizational updates
  • Create awareness of the PDA Technical Report 39 updates
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June 16 | 9:00am EST

Real-Time Monitoring: Mobile IoT Solutions with ELPRO’s new LIBERO G

Presenters: Simon Kaufmann, Product Manager, ELPRO; and Emanuel Schäpper, Team Leader, Key Account Management, ELPRO

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Gaining temperature, location and other sensor data ‘live’ from your supply chain provides significant opportunities to prevent product loss and make proactive decisions. Join us for an exploration of how real-time monitoring changes supply chains and to learn about ELPRO’s new LIBERO G. We will discuss:

  • When real-time really shines: Discussing important applications
  • Today’s challenges with current real time monitoring solutions
  • ELPRO’s new LIBERO G real-time Mobile IoT data logger
  • New customer experiences using the latest real-time technology
  • Comprehensive data management with an extended base of shipment information
  • How real-time monitoring fits into your current solutions for temperature controlled logistics
  • The importance of integrating stability management perspective and not only the tracking and alarming features
Watch on demand

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For over 30 years, ELPRO is widely recognized as the global knowledge leader in innovative, Swiss engineered environmental monitoring solutions, GxP services and data loggers for pharma, healthcare and life science. Learn more at ELPRO.com.

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. www.thermosafe.com.