Event Details

Challenges of Alliances for the Project Manager

Alliances and other partnerships, such as outsourcing to CROs and CMOs, are fundamental to our sector, yet frequently cause problems for project managers and the functional project representatives that work on joint teams. All start out with best intentions but most fail to achieve all the objectives established at the outset. Common problems are misunderstandings between partners about mutual commitments and obligations; inadequate governance, leading to delayed resolution of escalated problems; different ways of working in partnered organisations, leading to disconnects about who makes decisions; mismatches in the use of systems and communication tools. As a result, the extended project grouping feels anything but 'one team', which it ideally should if complex and difficult projects are to be managed efficiently. This meeting focuses on partnerships from the project manager’s point of view and will feature recognised experts in partnership management sharing knowledge, as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded people and share your experiences and questions.

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Bookable Sessions

Full meeting + Networking Dinner - Select this package for all presentations on both days and a place at the networking dinner on 15 October (15th - 16th Oct 2019) Cost: £544.50 (+ VAT @ 20.0%)
Note to discount voucher holders: This package attracts a minimum charge of £49.50 (+vat) per place booked to cover the cost of the evening meal.

Full meeting - Includes all presentations from both days (15th - 16th Oct 2019) Cost: £495.00 (+ VAT @ 20.0%)

Networking Dinner - Networking dinner only , no access to the full meeting (15th Oct 2019) Cost: £49.50 (+ VAT @ 20.0%)
Note to discount voucher holders: This package attracts a minimum charge of £49.50 (+vat) per place booked to cover the cost of the evening meal.

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Steven Harrison: Project Manager, Immodulon Therapeutics

Steven Harrison

Originally trained as a microbiologist, Steven has worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry, for over 20 years. He has managed multi-disciplinary projects, developing medical devices, diagnostics and both small molecules and complex biologics, across several therapeutic areas, including cancer, allergic disorders and pain.

Following several years at the Health Protection Agency (Public Health England), coordinating a range of National health and defence programmes, he has worked with some of the UK’s notable biotech companies, including Glide Technologies, Sosei R & D Ltd., SR Pharma and currently Immodulon Therapeutics. He also spent a short time at the Centre of Molecular Immunology (CIM) in Cuba, for the Canadian company YM Biosciences Inc.


John Faulkes: Consultant, PPMLD

John Faulkes

John began his career as a scientist in Immunology Diagnostics within the Wellcome Foundation (now GSK).  He moved after some years to a new career in human resources as a trainer, team coach and eventually a learning and development Business Partner. He became a consultant in the 1990's, offering organization development, team building, skills training / coaching, instructional design and coordination.  In 2001, he co-founded PPMLD Ltd with Ralph White, which specialises in enhancing collaborative working in life sciences – in particular, cross-functional project management and alliance / CRO outsourcing partnerships.  John is also highly experienced in developing online, interactive support for learning and continues to innovate as this technology evolves.

Tess Saltmarsh: Head of Project Management, PCI Pharma Services

Tess Saltmarsh

Tess has significant project management and leadership experience, as well as an operational background. Tess completed her PhD at Cardiff University School of Medicine before moving into industry. She spent time working for large multi-nationals as well as smaller local companies. She is passionate about communication and developing people to be the best they can be in whatever setting they find themselves. As a project manager, Tess has managed a range of activities from local events to full medical device product life-cycle projects. She currently manages a team of 15 project managers for PCI Pharma Services with a range of different development, clinical and commercialisation projects and clients.

Craig Scott: Director of Product Development, Catalent

Craig Scott

Craig started his career at Catalent, 22 years ago, as an Analytical Development Chemist, working on various development projects across a range of technologies, including Dry Powder Inhalation, Softgels and Oral Disintegrating Tablets (ODTs). After several years in the laboratory, he fulfilled his desire to be involved in every aspect of the product development process and joined Catalent’s ODT (Zydis) Project Management function in 2006. He attained his Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification in 2011 and headed up the function between 2013 and 2016. Following a period heading up a major strategic programme, developing the company’s second generation ODT technology, he was recently promoted to Director of Product Development, which includes accountability for Project Management.

Juliana Mok: Project Manager, AstraZeneca

Juliana Mok

After completing her BSc(H) at the National University of Singapore in 2006, Juliana spent 9 years as a Chemist in the Neural Pathways Discovery Performance Unit (previously part of the Neurology CEDD) at GlaxoSmithKline Singapore in 2006 focussing on small molecule lead discovery and optimisation efforts in neurological diseases. She continued to expand her capabilities, providing portfolio and project management support to the R&D Unit from 2013.  In 2015, she moved her family to the UK to join Medimmune as a Biologics Project Manager and in 2016, joined the AstraZeneca IMED Operations Project Management Team.  Juliana has since been managing early stage Neuroscience clinical development projects, where the operating model is dynamic and leverages on partnerships with academia, industry and foundations to advance its programs.  She currently works with Takeda and Eli Lilly for 2 of her projects and sits on the AZ Neuroscience Leadership Team. 

David Woodward: Pharmaceutical Project Manager, Atlantic Pharmaceuticals

David Woodward

After an 8 year academic career in Molecular Virology comprising; doctorate,  Marie Curie Fellowship, and a postdoc, that took him to the Netherlands and Canada, Dave returned to the UK to join the pharmaceutical industry.  His 10 years in the industry have taken him from SME to CRO and back again.  His first role was at Stabilitech, who developed proprietary excipients for the stabilisation of vaccines and biopharmaceuticals, where the business model was to demonstrate the benefits of, and ultimately out-license the technology.  He subsequently, moved to Huntingdon Life Sciences (now Covance), where he project managed analytical development, commercial and clinical batch release testing and stability programmes for global pharmaceutical clients with a wide range of products.  Dave then joined Atlantic as a Pharmaceutical Project Manager, where for the past 2 years he has managed their CMC service providers including CMOs, CROs, QPs, shippers and other suppliers.

Cledwyn Davies & Jim Ovey, Porton Biopharma

Cledwyn Davies & Jim Ovey

Cledwyn has a PhD in Microbial Biochemistry and over 40 years of experience in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He has held senior positions within the organisation including heading the Quality Department.  He has been a Qualified Person for over 25 years and has been involved with numerous programmes for the development of vaccines and biotherapeutics for both government and industry. He was also responsible for the Introduction of ISO 9000 on the Porton site and has a long experience of managing regulatory inspections. He has spoken widely in Europe and the USA on Pharma topics.

Jim Ovey is Operational Excellence Leader and has wide ranging experience of Process Development and Improvement across 25 years in several industries. He began his career as a Process Development Scientist, working with a range of over the counter/ Healthcare products at Wrafton Laboratories and Oral Dispersable Tablets at Catalent’s Zydis site, where he joined the Improvement team full time over 10 years ago. A desire to widen his experience of Improvement has seen Jim take on Operational, Transactional and Service Improvements in the Composite Materials, Food and Pharmaceutical sectors before joining Porton Biopharma in 2019.


Praseet Poduval: Alliance Manager, Porton Biopharma

Praseet Poduval

Praseet, has a PhD in Medicine and holds management degrees one of which is an MBA. His vast education is coupled with experience managing projects writhing in the Pharmaceutical industry. During his career he has managed high profile projects from Merck, AstraZeneca, Rickett & Benckiser, BioMarin and many more. His experience ranges from  early R&D development to manufacturing clinical and commercial drug products.

Event Agenda

Day 1 - 15th Oct 2019

Time Item Speaker
12:30 Registration and networking
13:00 Welcome and Introduction to PIPMG PIPMG Committee
13:15 The CMO Balancing Act - Balancing client needs with the contract-company requirements can feel like a circus act for the project manager. The high-level scope of work is agreed during the proposal phase of contract work. The full details are then scoped out by the project manager. This includes the details of completing the work within the framework of the contract company processes, procedures and regulatory requirements. Juggling the key client needs such as tight timelines while spinning plates to maintain project momentum is important to be able to appropriately plan and resource the project to be set up to achieve success. Tess Saltmarsh, PCI Pharma Services
14:00 Does 1 + 1 = 2? What does "combining scientific expertise and sharing risks and cost" mean? Drawing from existing alliances and personal experience, we will discuss the key challenges of managing projects across industry giants and how to swim or sink as a project manager. Juliana Mok, AstraZeneca
14:45 Workshop - How can the project manager ensure that a complex outsourced activity delivers to time, quality and cost? John Faulkes, PPMLD
15:45 Introduction to Porton Biopharma Praseet Poduval, Porton Biopharma
16:00 Tour of Porton Biopharma facility
18:00 Close of day 1
19:00 Conference Dinner - The Stones Hotel

Day 2 - 16th Oct 2019

Time Item Speaker
09:15 Is bias hijacking your decision making? World class project delivery is dependent on the right people, making the right decisions, at the right time. We’ll explore how our genetic coding might be hijacking our efforts to achieve this, especially when working in alliances, and consider some practical steps we can take as project managers to address this. John Faulkes, PPMLD
10:00 Crossing the CMC divide: What your service provider doesn’t tell you, and what you don’t tell them - The focus will be the relationship between contractors and their customers, their different drivers, and the subtext which leads to misunderstandings, and misalignment. David Woodward, Atlantic Pharmaceuticals
10:45 Coffee and Networking
11:15 Pharmaceutical Quality Culture - A PM perspective Cledwyn Davies & Jim Ovey, Porton Biopharma
11:45 Challenges of Alliances Workshop 1 - What can we conclude is the best practice for making alliances efficient, friendly, predictable and agile? Is this too much to ask?! Steven Harrison, Immodulon Therapeutics
12:45 Networking lunch
13:45 Challenges of Alliances Workshop 1 Feedback Steven Harrison, Immodulon Therapeutics
14:15 Experiences of Enhancing Alliance Management and Project Success Through Building a Culture of Consistent and Integrated Project Management - Contract development and manufacturing organisations that have originated through the acquisition and merges of smaller organizations, can face challenges in delivering consistent, integrated services and solutions to their customers. This presentation provides the experiences of such a CDMO, and the strategies it implemented, through its Project Management organization, to address these challenges, and build a culture to enhance Alliance Management and project success. Craig Scott, Catalent
15:00 Closing remarks
15:30 Close of Conference

Venue Details

The meeting will be held on 15th Oct 2019 at: Highpost, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6AT, United Kingdom, and will start at 13:00.

About the Venue

Reduced rate rooms can be booked at the hotel - £85 for bed and breakfast. Please book direct with reception on 01722 782020.