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PMI Pharma Conference Kicks Off

The PMI India stall receives a steady flow of visitors
PMI India partnered with CPhI to connect project managers across the pharmaceutical industry for the Pharma Project Management Conference on 8-10 May in Mumbai. The conference helped generate considerable interest in project management and highlighted the need for project managers in this industry.

Day one of the conference had the right blend of topics, ranging from project management in the pharmaceutical industry to its application in various departments such as research and development, clinical research, supply chain, and manufacturing. Industry experts Mr. Sanjay Bhanushali and Ms. Megha Thakkar, PMP and PMI India Champion from Cipla, Mr. Sanjit Singh Lamba from Eisai Knowledge Centre, Ms. Varada Bapat, PMP from Wockhardt, and Mr. Sanjay Akhani, PMP and PMI India Champion from Quintiles spoke during the conference. Mr. Mohan Pandey, PMP from Bristol-Myers Squibb introduced a new and unique concept called "Anti-fragile project management." Conference chairperson, Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP, from Net.Orange Inc and board member of PMI Healthcare Community of Practice, shared her experiences of handling children as a project and encouraged delegates to be participative in a Q&A session.

Day two of the conference included discussions on some unique concepts such as fast track project management, product lifecycle management, and the role of a pharmaceuticals project manager. Experts who took part in the discussions were Mr. Sai Sethuraman from Hospira, Mr. Prasad Kulkarni from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, and Mr. Shyam Khante from Shyam Khante Associates. Mr. Rami Goldratt, CEO, Goldratt Consulting conducted a two-hour session on the theory of constraints and enlightened pharma project managers on the applicability of this concept. Mr. Abhishek Mittal, PMP and PMI India Champion from Biocon brought in some fun element to this technical conference with a quiz on project management fundamentals.

There was a hands-on workshop on MS-Project 2010 on the concluding day. Ms. T. Vijayalaxmi introduced project managers to the effective use of the various functions of MS-Project through this workshop.

PMI received highly positive feedback from delegates. “The Pharma Project Management Conference was excellent in all ways. The presentations were informative and interesting. The discussions and networking gave delegates perspectives from both the Indian and international viewpoints. The conference was an excellent place to share information, know people, and gather knowledge,” said a project manager from Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd.

Mr. Sanjay Akhani, PMP and PMI India Champion from Quintiles

Mr. Abhishek Mittal, PMP and PMI India Champion from Biocon

Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP, from Net.Orange Inc

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