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An Essential Overview of the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries Training Course: face to face & live webinar

This programme will give you an invaluable overview of the pharmaceutical industry, from discovery of the molecule through development to marketing.

23 Oct 2020

& 7 May 2021 , 25 Oct 2021

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Course overview

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are both complex and developing at a rapid pace. This intensive one-day course will give you an invaluable overview, refresher and update on all the important aspects from discovery of the molecule through development to marketing. The interactive programme will provide a step-by-step understanding of the main areas of drug development and will discuss the roles and responsibilities of key departments and how they work and interact together. You will be given a comprehensive glossary of the most commonly used industry terms, which will be a useful reference to help you get to grips with the technical terminology and jargon.

There will be interactive discussion sessions throughout the day, led by our expert course leader, and you will come away with a good knowledge of the structure and function of these industries.

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This meeting runs back-to-back with An Essential Overview of the Medical Devices Industry and there is a further £100/€140 discount when booked with An Essential Overview of the Pharmaceutial and Biotech Industries.

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To find out more call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7749 4730 or e-mail info@management-forum.co.uk

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to all those looking to develop their knowledge of how the pharma/biotech industries work. It will be particularly helpful for those wanting to understand what other departments do, for new staff working in the industry and for non-scientific and administrative personnel.

Why you should attend

  • Increase your understanding of the pharma/biotech industries
  • Develop your knowledge of the stages of drug development from drug discovery through to marketing
  • Get to grips with the phases of clinical trials, regulatory processes and pharmacovigilance requirements
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of key departments and how they work together
  • Demystify the technical terminology and jargon


How the pharma/biotech industries develop medicines

  • Overview of drug development
  • Framework of the industry – research, development and manufacture of pharma products on an international level
  • Difference between pharma and biotech drug development
  • Drug discovery
  • Non-clinical/pre-clinical – the importance of examining safety
  • Technologies and innovations across the industry
  • Strategy and the targeted product profile

Demystifying the jargon and terminology

Roles and responsibilities of the people in the pharma/biotech industries

Clinical trials

  • Phases of clinical research – phase 1 to phase IV and range of clinical trials
  • Setting up and running of clinical trials
  • Quality of the data – monitoring, auditing and compliance with GCP innovations in running clinical trials


  • Understanding pharmacovigilanceSafety reporting and signal detection
    • Evaluation and risk management plans
    • Periodic and drug safety update reports

Regulatory processes

  • Overview of regulatory submissions and approval procedures for pharma/biotech products
  • EU and FDA accelerated procedures
  • The importance of ICH
  • ICH and the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD)
  • The EU Clinical Trial Regulation
  • Update on the impact of Brexit

Commercial considerations for how medicines are marketed and sold

  • Marketing terminology and activities


Laura Brown (More...)

Dr Laura Brown MBA, BSc,PhD, is a Pharmaceutical QA and Training Consultant, Course Director for the MSc in Clinical Research, School of Pharmacy at the University of Cardiff. She has more than 20 years’ experience of quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked for several companies, including GSKs Hoechst Marion Roussel, Farmitalia and Phoenix International. She has a particular expertise in quality assurance including risked based approaches to quality systems, data Integrity and project management in the pharmaceutical industry. She regularly writes on pharmaceutical regulatory issues including “The Planning of International Drug Development”, in the Clinical Research Manual, Euromed and the “Impact of Brexit”, RQA Journal 2017.

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23 Oct 2020, Rembrandt Hotel, London
23 Oct 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 11 Sep*
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Face to face
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 11 Sep*
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to attend
Live webinar
7 May 2021, Venue not yet confirmed
7 May 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 26 Mar 21*
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Face to face
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 26 Mar 21*
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to attend
Live webinar
25 Oct 2021, Venue not yet confirmed
25 Oct 2021 Venue not yet confirmed GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 13 Sep 21*
Enrol now
to attend
Face to face
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 13 Sep 21*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar

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  • (MHRA) Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
  • Abbott EPD
  • Actavis Plc
  • Allergan Holdings Ltd
  • Aspen
  • Bayer Consumer Care AG
  • Bayer Public Limited Company
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  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
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  • Eisai Limited
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  • GW Pharmaceuticals
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  • Probiotics International Ltd.
  • PSE Ltd
  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Europe
  • TauRx Therapeutics Ltd
  • UCL
  • Université Paris Sud
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited

Laura is great, very engaging and knowledgeable! I really enjoyed this training and will recommend it to my colleagues!

Katarzyna Mendela, Finance Assistant, PSE Ltd, Oct 19

I enjoyed the course and particularly liked the small group and interactive exercises. It was very useful in terms of content and information, well presented, speaker was good and had a lot of knowledge on the subject.

Andria Pelava, Development Scientist, Iksuda Therapeutics, Oct 19

The course exceeded my expectations. The course tutor was fantastic, covering a lot of information with a great tone, humour (at the right times) and interaction throughout. I really enjoyed the course and would recommend to others. Overall, an excellent day's training, managed very well by an obvious industry expert, with a great opportunity to network with industry people.

Andrew Veevers, Learning Development Manager, Brecon Anderson UK Ltd, Oct 19

I found the course very informative and enjoyable, Laura was very knowledgeable and made everything easy to understand.

Emily MacKenzie, Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager, British Society for Rheumatology, Nov 18

The speaker was very engaging, easy to listen to and made the course content easy to understand for newcomers - no jargon!

Tasmin Morgan, Operations Manager, Ridge Pharma, Nov 18

Laura was very attentive to the delegates' diverse work experiences and expectations and so knowledgeable!

Catherine Jeannot, Language Teacher-Pharmacy Faculty, Université Paris Sud, Nov 18

A clear presentation . Speaker was pertinent and has an expert knowledge in pharmaceutical industry, updates the current events

Lingling DAI, Business Development Manager, LFB Biomedicament, Nov 18

The course was well organised, covered all areas of interest. The speaker had a lot of knowledge on the subject and she delivered the information well.

Yulia Degtyareva, Scientist, Philips, Nov 18

Very well organised course, with a very knowledgable and friendly presenter giving clear and concise information. Very useful to people new to the industry and a good revision for others.

Shona Rhydderch, Analytical Chemist, TauRx Therapeutics Ltd, Nov 17

Very enjoyable overall, I feel this will help my learning and development

Tanya Killick, Medical Administrative Associate, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited, Nov 17

Very good content, engaging speaker

Yasmin Hubbard, Admin Associate III, International Medical Affairs, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Limited, Nov 17

All areas were excellent. The booklet accompanying the presentation was very helpful

Grace McIntyre, Warehouse Technician, GW Pharmaceuticals, Nov 17

The course was great, well prepared and well spoken.

Monica Milani, Redacteur Scientifique , GALDERMA Recherche & Developpement, Nov 17

Very informative. The speaker kept everyone engaged by involving them in group task was a good way to interact and learn more about other areas of the industry

Kit Graham, Warehouse Operative, GW Pharm, Nov 17

I felt that a newbie to Pharmaceuticals it was a perfect course for me to have a overview without being too complicated. There was a lot to cover and I think Laura delivered the course well and was happy to answer questions when asked.

Sharon Shoveller, Supply Chain Distribution Administrator, GW Pharma Ltd, May 17