Project Management for Pharma Professionals

The leading project management course designed specifically for the pharma/bio industries – also applicable to those working in medical devices and animal health

Includes: Interactive workshop sessions

18-19 Jun 2020

& 10-11 Dec 2020

GBP 1,199 999 *
EUR 1,679 1,399 *
USD 1,870 1,558 *
* When you book before 1 May

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Course Overview

Drug and device development is a complex process which needs effective project management. With ever-increasing pressures in the industry, the use of project management can provide essential tools and techniques and be a key factor in the successful completion of bringing a drug or medical device to market – as demonstrated by the FDA critical path initiative.

This interactive two-day course has been designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of both technical and interpersonal project management skills. You will be provided with an integrated project tool kit which can easily be used to improve the success of existing or future projects.

The programme will include a number of sessions where you will be able to apply some of the techniques to a simulated pharmaceutical case study as well as your own projects. You are therefore encouraged to bring a real project you are currently involved in or will be working on to which you can apply some of the concepts and techniques. There is no need to disclose any confidential information about your project.

Benefits of attending:

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of technical project management methodologies and techniques to apply to pharma/bio projects, including agile project management
  • Learn how to incorporate these project management processes into everyday working practices and your current projects
  • Understand how to blend together both the technical aspects of project management and the essential interpersonal skills
  • Discover how to build core competencies to become an even more effective project manager
  • Discuss how to get the best results in a project team environment

Aims and objectives

The objective of this course is to ensure you gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques of project management and discover how they can be applied straight away to your own pharma/bio or medical device projects. The programme has been specially designed to ensure that you:

  • Understand technical project management tools and techniques and can apply these to your work
  • Examine the competencies appropriate for an effective project manager
  • Identify the project critical path and use this information to assist in planning decisions
  • Gain a better understanding of the essential personal skills which are necessary to achieve project objectives

Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed to address the needs of pharma/bio professionals as well as those in the medical device and animal health industries.

The programme will benefit both newly appointed and established project team leaders/managers wishing to refresh or update their skills.

Programme Day One

What is a Project / Project Management in the pharma/bio industry?

  • Defining the key characteristics of project management and their importance to the bio/pharma industry
  • Using a project management process for improving the success of your own projects
  • Sharing experiences and lessons learned from previous bio/pharma projects

Setting clear project objectives and defining the scope of pharma/bio projects

  • Aligning the project objectives with the strategic and financial business objectives
  • Defining the result, the cost and the time
  • Understanding the importance of having an overall strategy for your projects

Detailed project planning of pharma/bio projects

  • Identifying the key project activities using a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Allocate responsibilities using the responsibility matrix
  • Planning a realistic schedule using Gantt analysis and setting clear milestones
  • Budget planning, Communication plan, Quality plan
  • Implementing risk management and contingency planning for your project
  • Experiences of project management software and tracking systems

Project implementation and control for your projects

  • Identifying the possible causes of problems in pharmaceutical/bio projects
  • Effective communication and how to manage stakeholders
  • Overcoming enablers and constraints of your projects
  • Implementing project control and reporting systems
  • Monitoring project activities and performance

Programme Day Two

Project implementation and control continued

Project review and closure

  • Close the project
  • Identifying the critical success factors and learning from mistakes

Pharma/bio leadership skills

  • Defining the role and skills of effective pharma project leaders
  • Improving your interpersonal skills as a leader

Motivate to achieve project milestones

  • Understand how to motivate different people and what motivates your project team
  • Completion of a self-evaluation questionnaire

Building pharma/bio project teams

  • How to modify your leadership style to get the best results in a project team environment
  • Building a high performance team

Project communication and cross-cultural communication skills

  • Effective communication and how to gain project buy-in
  • Preventing and overcoming misunderstandings and dealing with conflict
  • Communicating effectively with the project stakeholders including cross culturally

Project time management

  • Identifying and managing common time wasting activities in your projects
  • Maximising your prime time to improve your personal performance

Personal action planning

Programme includes interactive sessions applying techniques to a simulated case study and your own projects


Laura Brown

Dr Laura Brown is an independent pharmaceutical project management and training consultant and Course Director for the MSc in Clinical Research at the School of Pharmacy, University of Cardiff. Laura has more than 20 years’ experience of managing projects in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked for several companies including Wellcome, Hoechst Marion Roussel, Good Clinical Research Practices and Phoenix International. Laura has completed an MBA, with specialisation in project management. She is also the external project management expert for a pharmaceutical e-learning MSc module in project management and the author of two books on the subject including the leading title, Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

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18-19 Jun 2020
18-19 Jun 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,199.00
EUR 1,679.00
USD 1,870.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 999.00
EUR 1,399.00
USD 1,558.00
Until 1 May*
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10-11 Dec 2020
10-11 Dec 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,199.00
EUR 1,399.00
USD 1,870.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

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Both the content and the speaker show a high level for the topic 'Pharma project management'.

Elena Núñez, Pharmaceutical Development Manager, Takeda

This course was very informative and covers all aspects of project management as well as personal leadership skills. It gave us many tools and advice to apply in our practice to be successful project manager. We had a very dynamic group, very international and with various background so it was very inspiring for the group exercises. Laura is a very good speaker and trainer, she gave good dynamics to the group.

Flore-Anne Mayne, Medical Information Specialist, Janssen Biologics

It was a good course, the speaker was knowledgeable, glad to come back with interesting templates and tools.

Anne-Lise Glotin , Project and CMO Manager, MEDINCELL

Laura is a brilliant trainer with a deep understanding and experience in Pharma industry.

Tomoe Felder, Manager, Clinical Excellence Operations, Clinical Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

A good speaker!

Allen Lee, Associate Director, PharmaEngine

Great training, with a seasoned speaker. Anecdotes are always a great way to learn.

Diane Sampson, Project Manager , ENYO Pharma

Very good course to help new and experienced project managers in the pharma sector. The speaker is very knowledgeable and touches the more important points in this vas subject. The course is very interactive and motivating.

Hamidou Traore, Project Manager RA, Laboratoires SMB S.A.

It was an overall good course

Maria Pereira, Research Scientist, PhD, Novo Nordisk A/S

Laura delivered the training very well and made it both informative and enjoyable. Very good, very well delivered by Laura.

Claire Keatings, Portfolio Manager , Benchmark Animal Health

Very engaging - inclusive respectful of group pace. Fast paced at the end but not a problem as we have the notes.

Amanda Lewis, Project Manager, Ipsen Biopharm Ltd

Brilliant, well tailored and appropriate for all pharma professionals.

Kim Adams, Medical Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim

Good speaker and presentation. I appreciated video and exercises

Michela Saisi, PMO Senior Specialist, Kedrion S.p.A

Good overall summary of main items to consider for Project management. Good practice tools

Daniela Ferrari, Assistant Coordinator Foreign Registrations, Kedrion SpA

I enjoyed it

Evelyn Redondo, Logistics Manager, AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG

A very good starter course led by an experienced speaker with a good balance of lecture/workshops type seminars

Edward Dziadulewicz, Medical Science Liaison, Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Great! Topped up my understanding and reminded me of long forgotten things

Andrew Dean, Regulatory Consultant, Apothecom Limited

Good especially the second day on soft skills

Sauro Bonellli, Scientist, Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Really interesting to exchange with other people. Course very international. Work team exercise was really good to learn about PM.

Yordina Govinden, Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer, Sanofi Pasteur

Generally I was satisfied with the course. It enabled me to identify some field for improvements in my work and provided tools to achieve that.

Silvija Cindrić Katić, Project Manager - R&D Project Management, Xellia

I think the course covered many aspects, not only project management but also communication and leadership behaviours. Laura is a very experienced and professional speaker and she shared many personal experiences which makes the course more interesting as well.

Karin Nordbladh, Clinical Research Manager, McNeil AB - A Johnson & Johnson Company

Laura brought a lot of positive energy into the room, which helped to get through a very large number of slides. I enjoyed the course.

Thorsten Laux, International Project Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH

The course was very informative and gave us useful insights of the project management process / tools to employ in addition to team management ideas.

Constantina Chronopoulou, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Medochemie Ltd

Overall good with a lot of information in a short time

Stina Lindman, Senior Scientist, Camurus AB

It was well delivered

William Hind, Pharmacology Projects Manager, GW Pharmaceuticals

Very useful course for both those with and without experience

Lisa Hughes, Deputy QPPV - PV Operations, Actavis UK Ltd

Well organised, great content, lots of reading and research materials

Aman Dhanoa, PV Administrator, Hospira UK Ltd

Fantastic speaker. Highly recommend to persons who are/will be in charge of Project manger. Very well-organised presentation and introduce us various options to learn more by self-study.

Takatoshi Ozawa, Project Manager, Kowa Research Europe Ltd

A good overview of project management skills that allow you to consolidate knowledge you already have and a good taster for those who don't. The presentation was very professional using various media and the speaker was very engaging.

Susan Lau, Senior Regulatory Advisor, Subiaco Associates Ltd