Why is Demand & Supply Planning in Life Sciences so Difficult?

Demand and Supply Planning is a critical business process for companies moving through clinical development and commercialization. In addition to typical challenges, emerging and growing life science companies face unique obstacles due to clinical, regulatory, operational and market uncertainties, often causing traditional S&OP processes to fail short. A lighter, more nimble planning process is required to navigate clinical trials, commercialization and global expansion.

Join your peers and Converge Consulting as we share insights and lessons learned on planning demand, supply and inventories in a highly dynamic and uncertain environment. Proven tips for success as your organization moves your drug candidates from preclinical to commercial and your organization to a multiproduct, global business.

Get answers to key Demand & Supply Planning Process questions:

  • What is the right process to use for demand and supply planning in Life Sciences? 
  • What are the most common challenges and pitfalls to watch out for? 
  • Who owns planning? Who is typically involved? 
  • What tools are available to automate the planning process? 

CEO/CXO, Finance, CMC, Manufacturing, Supply Chain – Clinical & Commercial, Technical Operations, Commercial and others should attend!

Please share with and encourage colleagues and your team leads to attend.

Event Details 

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:30PM
Venue: The Marriott Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142


5:00-5:30PM – Food, cocktails and networking
5:30-7:00PM – Presentations and discussion
7:00-7:30PM – Networking


Chris Silva

Chris Silva, VP Procurement, Supply Chain at Akebia Therapeutics

Chris Silva will be presenting given his years of experience with Supply Chain operations and in working with commercial teams at TKT, Alkernes and now involved in developing this process at his current company, Akebia. Across Chris’ career, he has been motivated to improve organizational performance by facilitating suppliers to improve their performance. Chris has successfully in saving millions of dollars, creating effective supply chains, and supporting new product introductions while fostering collaboration, use of appropriate processes and positive supplier relationships.

Areas of focus: Strategy | Leadership | Supply Chain | Category Management | Procurement | Sales & Operations Planning | Sourcing | Negotiation | Contracting | Supplier Relationship Development | Materials Management | Operations | Risk Mitigation | Inventory | Warehousing | Forecasting | Process Improvement | ERP | Project Management | Outsourcing | P2P | 3rd party Manufacturing | CPSM | CPM | CPIM

Hugh Wight

Hugh Wight, VP CMC at Allena Pharmaceuticals

Hugh Wight, VP CMC  at Allena Pharmaceuticals, will also be presenting due to his recent experience at Allena and past involvement in this process at prior organizations. Hugh is a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing/Quality Executive with over 28 years of accumulated experience in a broad range of product classes and functional areas. A global and strategic mindset acquired through hands-on experience in corporate, regional and site roles, both locally and internationally. His career is marked by advancement earned through a history of teamwork, collaboration, and demonstrated work ethic and achievement. He is focused on working with execution-minded companies seeking to develop and commercialize new products that will serve patient needs.

Areas of Focus: Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance | Project Management | Manufacturing

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Facilitator: Todd Applebaum, Managing Director at Converge Consulting LLC

Todd Applebaum, Managing Director at Converge Consulting, has supported many clients as they develop demand and supply processes supporting commercial launches of Biologics, Pharmaceuticals, and Cell Therapies and will be facilitating this interactive session.

Attendees will have an open forum to discuss commercial launch preparation and practices.

Please attend this event and RSVP today!