Cost Efficiency in Pharma Manufacturing


In this conference, you will benefit from case studies showing how you can produce cost-effectively and still be 100% GMP compliant. This is achieved by automatization and digitalization, but also through consistent application of quality principles.


One part of this conference aims at showing best-practice examples on how to implement Operational Excellence in the pharmaceutical industry. This is not only business but also quality driven. Examples of major pharmaceutical companies will be shown and discussed. Another topic regarding efficiency is the implementation of Industry 4.0 – or even Pharma 4.0? This means the growing number of digitalization and networking projects that can be seen in pharmaceutical industry. An important question is, how the data obtained can or should be used regarding product quality. Data integrity is still a hot topic, combining GMP compliance and data management.

Target Audience

The target audience of this conference is employees and managers from manufacturing, engineering and quality assurance who are involved in the implementation of continuous production processes. This includes programs to increase efficiency, to save costs while maintaining quality as well as implementation of digitization and networking in the production environment.


Frank Studt, gempex

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Detailed Programme

Presentations - 1 June 2022

Harmonisation of Industry 4.0 interfaces
Dr Andreas Weber, Evonik

  • Drivers of digitization in plant operation - in the area of ​​tension between demographic change and technological development
  • Transformation of changed value chains - why value chains are becoming smaller and more volatile - process harmonization as opportunities for collaboration
  • Plant operator interface - Between release, documentation & order processing in external company management, the idea of ​​the "SLIM" process
  • Cross Industry Benchmark & ​​“Normling” – The learning organization

Modernization & Digitalization at TEVA Operations
Frank Streil, TEVA

  • Modernization Approach at TEVA operations
  • The View on different Digital Elements as e.g. Quality failure Prediction and their impact on Business
  • How to make it happen - IT Enablers needed and Competence Hurdles to overcome

Takeda: Process Mapping to identify Automation Opportunities in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Dr Frank Thielmann, Takeda

  • Identification of automation & digitalization opportunities in drug product manufacturing
  • Use of process mapping in various processes and areas
  • Outcomes and lessons learnt

Automatic Processing of Reports from Environmental Monitoring Systems
Alfred Gilgen, CSL Behring

Monitoring systems record data on temperature, humidity and differential pressure in production rooms to SQL databases. At night-time documents are generated from queries against these databases to get graphical representations of the data. The documents are automatically transferred to an archiving system, where approval workflows will enforce qualified personnel to sign the documents and give statements in case of warning and alerts.

  • Automatic generation and transmission of graphics to an archiving system
  • Enforcing statements for warnings and alerts in an approval workflow
  • Currently being implemented: reduction of interfaces
  • Outlook for future optimisations: Automatic approval of documents

Boehringer Ingelheim microParts: Step by Step to more Efficiency - from Company Objectives to Process Improvement
Guido Bünder, Boehringer Ingelheim microParts

Boehringer Ingelheim microParts wants to strengthen a continuous improvement process and align itself better with the factory's targets.
Description of the situation on the shop floor: In the regulated environment it is necessary to proceed step by step and systematically, to know exactly the situation on site and not to lose focus of the company's objectives. On the way to the target conditions the model of the improvement and coaching kata offers exactly these possibilities. With a view to the target conditions, the process can be redesigned step by step. In addition to the process improvement aspect, the employees' scientific thinking skills are developed in a purposeful way.

Current Manufacturing Compliance & Efficiency Trends and their Implementation
Steliyan Tinkov, Lonza

  • Process design: material management, new material onboarding, risk management
  • Compliance Risk Evaluation Supply Chain Compliance: match of material application risks and material specifications,
  • Material-related Risks ERP and MES systems: system interfaces, LEAN approaches, and controls

Quality, a Way to improve Cost Efficiency
Ana Cláudia Pinho, BIAL

  • How Quality can support pragmatic, yet compliant, decisions?
  • Quality a way of improve cost efficiency
  • Costs of non-Quality