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Project Management for Pharma Professionals Training Course

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

9-10 Sep 2021

& 9-10 Dec 2021 , 13-14 Dec 2021

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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.


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

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


Laura Brown (More...)

Dr Laura Brown is an independent pharmaceutical project management and training consultant and Senior Lecturer 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 GSK, 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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9-10 Sep 2021
Live webinar
9-10 Sep 2021
Live webinar
GBP 999 799
EUR 1,399 1,119
USD 1,558 1,246
Until 29 Jul*
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Live webinar
9-10 Dec 2021
Live webinar
9-10 Dec 2021
Live webinar
GBP 999 799
EUR 1,399 1,119
USD 1,558 1,246
Until 28 Oct*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar
13-14 Dec 2021
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
13-14 Dec 2021
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 1,199 999
EUR 1,679 1,399
USD 1,870 1,558
Until 1 Nov*
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  • 2 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 12 hours for your CPD records.
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Customised in-house training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Bayer Pharma AG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Ilaç Tic. A.S.
  • Camurus AB
  • Chiesi Farmaceutici SPA
  • Clinical Professionals Ltd
  • Durbin plc
  • EusaPharma (Europe) Ltd
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S
  • Geistlich Pharma AG
  • Grunenthal GmbH
  • GW Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Henkel Ireland Limited
  • Indivior UK Limited
  • Intervet Pharma R&D
  • Janssen Biologics BV
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  • Johnson & Johnson
  • NBE-Therapeutics
  • Novartis Pharma AG
  • Pfizer Gulf FZ LLC
  • Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
  • Red Line Pharmacovigilance
  • Roche Diagnostics GmbH
  • Sanivo Pharma
  • Takeda
  • U3 Pharma AG
  • Warner Chilcott UK Ltd
  • Zambon Spa

The course was really complete and helpful. Practise exercises are really useful and the course is very interactive, so makes it more attractive.

Hector Perez-Montoyo, Director of Biological Research and Project Manager, Ability Pharmaceuticals SL, Dec 20

Laura is great speaker and teacher. Unequivocally the best.

Kristyna Benediktova, Project Manager, Zentiva k.s., Dec 20

Laura Brown was really dynamic. She used good examples and support and I was pleasantly surprised to see a good interaction in the group.

Laura Champion, Principal Drug Product Development Scientist, MedinCell, Dec 19

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

Elena Núñez, Pharmaceutical Development Manager, Takeda, Jul 19

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 , Jul 19

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, Jul 19

The speaker definitely keeps your attention and makes it interesting – it is clear that she has been an expert in the field for years.

Elena Núñez, Pharmaceutical Development Manager, Takeda, Jul 19

A good speaker!

Allen Lee, Associate Director, PharmaEngine, Jul 19

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, Jul 19

It was an overall good course

Maria Pereira, Research Scientist, PhD, Novo Nordisk A/S, Dec 18

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., Dec 18

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

Diane Sampson, Project Manager , ENYO Pharma, Dec 18

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 , Jul 18

Brilliant, well tailored and appropriate for all pharma professionals.

Kim Adams, Medical Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim, Jul 18

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, Jul 18