The RTM Life Sciences Manufacturing Congress is a premier gathering for VPs of Manufacturing/Operations, VPs of Quality Assurance/Quality Control, SVPs of Technical Operations, VPs of CMC, VPs of Therapeutic Areas (Commercialization and Business Units), VPs of Engineering, and Site Heads from leading life sciences organizations. Invitees are qualified based on the responsibilities and knowledge base they share with executives who are leading the modernization and digitization of manufacturing, from board room to factory floor.
Global partnerships in drug development, as well as accelerated growth in the biopharmaceutical sector have resulted in major changes to manufacturing. This necessitates operational excellence at every juncture throughout the product lifecycle. New plant design needs to take into account the incorporation of future technologies. The industry is making significant capital investment in equipment, software and instrumentation. Smaller batches and a greater number of SKUs are driving much of the investment. In spite of technological advances, there is no consensus as to whether these options are going to be optimal for every drug. Process improvement, automation, remote monitoring, and continuous manufacturing adoption are strong trends.
Biotech companies with robust pipelines are exercising great caution when choosing whether to move towards commercial production through internal capabilities or selecting CDMOs. Increasingly, big pharma is externalizing the commercial manufacturing of established drugs, while they focus on the development of new products. Extremely targeted therapies and orphan drugs are the fastest growing areas within the vast landscape of life sciences business possibilities.
Collaboration leads to growth, whether your priority is increasing yield, ensuring quality, operational process improvements, or preventing drug recalls and FDA fines.
Product consistency and patient safety is at the heart of every new initiative. Pricing regulations and other external risk factors must be addressed in order for companies to thrive. Outsourcing becomes more about driving value than cutting costs, and making your CDMO no longer a vendor but rather a partner is imperative. Mistakes at any point of the drug production and packaging can be disastrous, given the sensitive stability of certain drugs.
How is your company ensuring that business units’ strategic directives are well aligned? How can you continue to save and improve patients’ lives while still meeting business goals? Are products in your portfolio treated as silos or can you empower the leaders in your established lines to share their best practices with other internal teams that need it most?
As Biotech, Pharma and Biopharma make investments to improve their product and optimize distribution channels, a new mindset must be in place to ensure return on investment.
It is a crucial time for professionals to look to their peers to share their models of excellence. The RTM Life Sciences Congress' unique blend of Strategy Sessions, Keynote Panels, Collaborative Roundtables and Private Business Meetings are conducive to addressing challenges, openly debating issues and taking away ideas that can be put into action. Every conversation, strategic discussion and technology purchase should culminate in greater access to treatment options for patients. We strive to work with and listen to our Delegates and partners to make that vision a reality.
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Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Bushnell was the first and only man to hire the late Steve Jobs and wrote the bestseller, Finding the Next Steve Jobs, published by Simon and Schuster in 2013.
Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, culture, creativity, innovation and education.
Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous corporations, including IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications.
His latest startup, Modal VR, is an end-to-end virtual reality platform that delivers large-scale and fully wireless immersion for multiple users at once. The Modal VR ecosystem delivers new possibilities and growth in the enterprise VR market. Additionally, his company Brainrush has developed video-game based learning software that incorporates adaptive learning technologies to vastly increase the speed and efficacy of learning.
His Anti Aging games project helps seniors to avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving. He was most recently featured in the New Yorker magazine for this effort.
Over the years, Bushnell has garnered many accolades and distinctions. He was named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame and named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America.” He is also highlighted as one of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial icons in “The Revolutionaries” display at the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA) the highest accolade the Academy bestows, for his outstanding creative contribution to the Video Games Industry. He was similarly honored with a LARA award from the German Academy of Entertainment. Currently a biopic about Bushnell, tentatively titled Atari, is in pre-production. The story was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company and is set to star DiCaprio as Mr. Bushnell.
Bushnell has created many business cultural innovations that have become the norm, including unique business planning sessions, flat egalitarian management organizations, casual work attire, play/work environments, creativity as a competitive weapon, and the innovator’s bonus. All can be traced to their first use at Atari and Chuck E. Cheese and later instilled at Apple and other Silicon Valley corporations. (Steve Jobs had his first job at Atari.)
Bushnell received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Fellow and also attended Stanford University Graduate School.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.