PHARM Connect Congress | 13-14 MARCH 2018

PHARM Connect has become well known for its effectiveness in connecting professionals within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in the strategically important region of Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

The market leading event - organised for the 8th time - took place in Budapest on 13 - 14 March 2018, with more than 400 senior decision makers of the most important companies in the Pharma and biotech sector gathering in the Corinthia Hotel Budapest to share and discuss their challenges and meet the key solution providers of the industry.

Numerous meetings were conducted between the prominent participants during the two days, which clearly shows the crucial role PHARM Connect as a platform plays in the growth of Central Eastern Europe’s (CEE’s) pharmaceutical industry.

Academic CEE Lounge

For the first time at PHARM Connect Universities and Research Centres from the region were present within the Academic CEE Lounge in order to meet the high networking demand from pharmaceutical manufacturers and solution providers. TEG – the organiser - is supporting this initiative and provided a professional platform by creating a networking area for representatives from the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Szeged and Ljubljana and the Semmelweis University as well as from the Medical School of the Charles University, the University of Chemistry and Technology of Prague and from the Biomedical Research Centre of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and its Biotechnology and Analytical Laboratories.

Participants represented well over 33 countries and had the chance to get acquainted with the most up-to-date solutions to their recent challenges from automation through processing, clean rooms, laboratory equipment, packaging, biotechnology, APIs all the way to software solutions and many more. Service providers went beyond just showcasing their innovative solutions at PHARM Connect: during the course of pre-scheduled meetings each and every decision maker had the chance to discuss specific needs with numerous representatives from more than 30 vendors including

Pall Biotech • Thermo Fisher Scientific • Sanofi Industrial Affairs CEPIA Aptar Pharma • PLASTRADE Packaging • Atlantic Zeiser • Blulog • Bürkert Fluid Control Systems • EXERGY • Com-Forth • SoftGroup • Patent • among many others.

All meetings were mutually agreed upon in advance on the event's sophisticated online software, the Meeting Scheduler website, maximizing the effectiveness of the two days spent at the congress for all participants involved.

Extensive Speaker Lineup

The conference programme has been extremely well received by the knowledgeable audience. Dr. András Illés, Deputy Head of Clinical Development of Biologics at Gedeon Richter opened the event with a keynote presentation. Eugenio Filippi, Associate Director Plasma Logistics & Analytics Europe, Shire held a fascinating laboratory case-study presentation about “How to Manage Process Deviations and Showcase your Data”. Furthermore, among the speakers include names of Britta Badertscher, Technical Specialist SLS, Pall International, Univ. Prof. Dr. Christoph Herwig, Head of Research Division Biochemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Environmental and Biological Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Christopher Hunley, Site Head and Managing Director, GSK Biologicals Kft., Massimo Bresciani, Executive Director Scientific Operations & Board Member, Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering (RCPE) and Marek Cichocki, Head of Operational R&D, Polpharma.

Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to visit the Research Centre for Natural Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Science and Meditop Pharmaceutical, the winner of the 3rd CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award which developed an innovative approach to improve film coating efficiency by developing and applying a continuous film coater.

Recognizing Excellence in the CEE Region

Besides cutting edge presentations and pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, informal activities made the networking focus of the event more colourful. The cocktail reception at the end of the first day was opened by Professor Stane Srčič, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Ljubljana, who announced the winners and handed out the 4th CEE Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Excellence Award to the Bulgarian company SoftGroup in the service provider category and to the Slovenian company Lek Pharmaceuticals in the manufacturer category, emphasising that these tried methods will encourage professionals to constantly raise standards and come up with outstanding manufacturing excellence solutions.

Countless of ideas were born which resulted in a large amount of educational content by enabling the right senior managers and their relevant partners to find each other in the most convenient and efficient way, has led to numerous new collaborations.

Those who decided to set the pace, stay in the front row of market developments and keep the edge over competition, have all taken part and can share their experience with you further. You can reunite with them next year.

PHARM Connect Congress was invented by TEG The Events Group in order to create a platform for all the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals in the region, where they can exchange useful information and experiences, update themselves on the latest trends and network with each other, supporting the rapid development of this part of Europe.