Life Sciences.Now - Webinar Series

Interactive Discussions on Digital Plant Technologies

This Life Sciences.Now webinar series will provide direction and updates on key manufacturing operation initiatives to improve operational certainty, deliver cost effective quality and regulatory compliance and accelerate the product development pipeline.

The series format will provide: -

  1. An update on key Life Sciences manufacturing operation initiatives,
  2. Examples of the topic, and
  3. An open question and answer session with panelists.

Why Attend: -

  • Gain input from stake holders and peers on industry direction, challenges and solutions.
  • Shape your strategy on the way solutions are being developed and how to apply them in your facility.
  • Experience hands on demonstrations of automation solutions and packages.
  • Learn best practices to help you understand the impact and future opportunities for your site.

Different panel members will join specific topics and available during the Q&A at the end of each Webinar. Each of the presentation’s will be approximately 30 minutes followed by Q&A.

We encourage you to attend all 8 Webinars in the series but please feel free to pick and choose the topics of most interest, as a single registration will get you access to all Webinars.

  • 30th June and 2nd July (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Apply the BioPhorum Digital Plant Maturity Model to Transform your Operations

    Speakers: Alan Johnson and Zigor Lizuain

    Beginning your digital transformation journey can be challenging. This Webinar will discuss Emerson’s structured Digital Transformation approach, incorporating the BioPhorum Digital Plant Maturity Model, define your business challenges and benefits, assess your current state and identify key opportunities to move your operations to the next level. Determine how to get started, how to plan the strategy and where to focus.

    Learn how you can:

    • Define your Digital Transformation strategy by collaborating with Emerson on a journey that starts with a clear and concise understanding of goals, benefits and values.
    • Apply the Digital Plant Maturity to identify and plan manufacturing improvement opportunities.
    • Adopt a portfolio of automation options and future digital technologies to realize the business benefits while minimizing risk to production.
  • 7th July and 9th July (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Delivering Value of Manufacturing Execution Systems and Phased Deployment

    Speakers: Johan Zebib and Vivek Kasture

    This Webinar will explore how ‘Right first time’ manufacturing has always been important in the Life Sciences Industry. This can be particularly challenging when manual operations and paper documents are used across operations. Different types of MES solutions can be deployed to address specific challenges. Some of these solutions can be categorized as follows: -

    • Paper on Glass.
    • Electronic order management and material dispensing.
    • Electronic Workflow with light integration with external systems.
    • Electronic Workflow with full integration.
    • Horizontal deployment versus vertical deployment.

    Learn how you can:

    • Define the pertinent MES functions that address your most relevant challenges
    • Evaluate different options to deploy the best solution
    • Deploy an MES solution in a phased approach
    • Realize the full benefits of MES.
  • 14th July and 16th July (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Optimize Life Sciences Facility Throughput

    Speakers: David Zhang and Ron Rossbach

    This webinar will discuss how Life Sciences companies strive to optimize utilization in their manufacturing operations and delivering maximum facility performance as part the overall supply chain is an important operations initiative. As production volumes grow, it is critical to identify potential bottle-necks, determine how to address them, and avoid supply chain problems while ensuring patient safety. Additionally, when supply chain develops the overall production plan, continuously managing this plan in the face of changing priorities and problems on the production floor can be a real challenge.

    Learn how you can:

    • Easily develop facility performance models to assess production bottle-necks and resolve them.
    • Integrate real-time production floor performance information into a dynamic scheduling application for “always current” planning.
    • Address facility resource changes and constraints in real-time to ensure planned production schedules are met and avoid potential shutdowns.
  • 21st July and 23rd July (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Implement Easy, Flexible Manufacturing Leveraging Common Modules and new Plug and Play Technologies

    Speakers: Kelsey Hill and Klaus Erni

    This Webinar will examine how as organizations respond quickly to changing market demands, a flexible manufacturing floor has become a critical initiative. Manufacturing “ballrooms”, where it’s easy to change the manufacturing process line to create a new product, has been a goal for many years. The lack of standardized data and service interactions as well as the difficulties integrating the automation components across various types of process equipment have made this too complex to easily achieve. New integration technologies such as OPC UA and industry application approaches like the NAMUR 148 Module Type Package (MTP) are simplifying this approach to make it easy to connect equipment to “balance of plant” automation management systems.

    Learn how you can:

    • Apply the Apply the standards being developed by NAMUR 148 / MTP and the associated BioPhorum Life Sciences guidelines.
    • Compare the options available - from DeltaV PK Merge to MTP for PLC’s.
    • Realize the potential benefits of leveraging this approach for a new flexible manufacturing strategy.
  • 28th July and 30th July (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Improve Life Sciences Equipment Uptime

    Speakers: Dennis Belanger and Nick Lubenetski

    This Webinar will explore how as Life Sciences companies move to continuous manufacturing with fully utilized facilities, avoiding unplanned equipment problems and associated downtime has become an important reliability initiative. Asset Lifecycle Programs that identify and prioritize critical equipment, change from routine preventive maintenance practices to predicting failures, and manage equipment performance in real-time have become the new norm.

    Learn how you can:

    • Easily Update life sciences production and facility maintenance programs to improve equipment uptime.
    • Apply new diagnostic measurements and tools to proactively identify equipment problems before they occur.
    • Realize the potential benefits of this approach.
    • Optimize your production by integrating predictive maintenance and Real-Time Scheduling.
  • 4th August and 6th August (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Get to Market Faster and Reduce Risk with the Emerson Digital Twin

    Speakers: Ronnie Bains and Zachary Sample

    This Webinar will explore why historically, process simulation has not been widely applied in the Life Sciences industry. However, the Emerson Digital Twin provides game changing technology, which can be applied to a wide range of activities throughout the lifecycle of a Life Sciences facility.

    Learn how you can:

    • Easily Reduce risk to both patients and projects.
    • Get product to market quicker through virtual commissioning.
    • Reduce project cycles and save time associated with regulatory compliance and validation support.
    • Enable detailed testing and development of the automation system.
    • Provide a decision support and competency assessment platform.
  • 11th August and 13th August (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Accelerate the Technology Transfer Process for your Product Development Pipeline

    Speakers: Michalle Adkins and Ron Rossbach

    This Webinar will discuss, as recent events demonstrate, reducing time to market for a new therapy is a key opportunity for Life Sciences companies. New developments in Process Knowledge Management, information exchange standards and overall Life Sciences data management and data exchanges are making this historic “wish list item” for process automation a reality. As common execution system building blocks align with high level process design and development tools, the ability to automate data collection and deploy execution system recipes across the enterprise is expanding.

    Learn how you can:

    • Easily Utilize emerging knowledge management solutions to streamline process and recipe design.
    • Organize execution system building blocks to align with high level recipe design elements.
    • Leverage data collection, reporting and exchanges
    • to ensure key process parameters are aligned and exchanged across lab scale, pilot/clinical scale, and commercial manufacturing.
    • Ensure proper management of change across the lifecycle
  • 18th August and 20th August (15:00 CET - Europe / 09:00 ET - USA)

    Ensure Product Quality in Real-Time through Process Analytical Technologies

    Speakers: John Caldwell and Mark Brewer

    This Webinar will discuss the use of Process Analytical Technologies (PAT). Although PAT have been applied for many years the current solution is managed across several systems, making it rigid and difficult to maintain. Moving lab quality measurements to in-line, real-time, “closed loop” control is a growing requirement as the industry transforms to continuous manufacturing.

    Learn how you can:

    • Identify opportunities and overcome challenges to implement PAT.
    • Bring analytical device measurements and chemometric modeling directly into an automation system.
    • Integrate these measurements in advanced control schemes to manage product quality in real-time.
    • Apply change management tools and other approaches to meet regulatory compliance.
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