Project Management for Pharma Professionals

This leading project management course will provide you with a thorough understanding of project management skills, including both technical and interpersonal skills

1-2 Jul 2019

& 9-10 Dec 2019 , 18-19 Jun 2020

GBP 1,199
EUR 1,679
USD 1,870

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Course Overview

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

This interactive 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.

Interactive sessions applying techniques to a simulated case study and your own projects The course 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.

Therefore, you are encouraged to bring a current real project you are 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.

Why you should attend

This interactive course will:

  • Provide you with an in-depth understanding of technical project management methodologies and techniques to apply to pharma/bio projects including agile project management
  • Enable you 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
  • Enable you to build core competencies to become an even more effective project manager
  • Discuss how to get the best results in a project team environment

Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed to address the needs of pharmaceutical/bio professionals. The course is also very applicable to those working in the device and animal health industries. The programme will be of benefit for both members of the project team as well as newly appointed project team leaders/managers. In addition it may also be useful for established project team leaders who want to improve their project management 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


Laura Brown

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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1-2 Jul 2019
1-2 Jul 2019 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,199.00
EUR 1,679.00
USD 1,870.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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9-10 Dec 2019
9-10 Dec 2019 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,199.00
EUR 1,679.00
USD 1,870.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
Enrol now
18-19 Jun 2020
18-19 Jun 2020 Venue not yet confirmed
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  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S
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  • Hexal AG
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  • McNeil AB - A Johnson & Johnson Company
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  • Nycomed
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd
  • Pfizer
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  • Rovi Contract Manufacturing S.L.
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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

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

Brilliant, well tailored and appropriate for all pharma professionals.

Kim Adams, Medical Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim

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

Daniela Ferrari, Assistant Coordinator Foreign Registrations, Kedrion SpA

Attractive agenda but I'm afraid it didn't deliver what I was looking for. I wanted a lot more detail and structure. There were a few good 'tips' and 'tricks' and some interesting discussions, but not the level of detail I was expecting.

Rich Irvine, Veterinary Surgeon, Carus Animal Health Limited

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

I enjoyed it

Evelyn Redondo, Logistics Manager, AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG

Good speaker and presentation. I appreciated video and exercises

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

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

Andrew Dean, Regulatory Consultant, Apothecom Limited

Too many things in too less time. Good especially the second day on soft skills

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

Some topics touched too high level, need to show more practical use of some tools

Romina Osello, R&D CMC - Respiratory Technical Leadership Dept., Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

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

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

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

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

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

Overall good with a lot of information in a short time

Stina Lindman, Senior Scientist, Camurus AB

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