Pepperdine University and Biotech Supply Chain Academy Announce Joint Initiative

Monday, July 28, 2008 General News
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- Graziadio School to Support September 11-12, 2008 Event

SAN FRANCISCO, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Biotech Supply Chain Academy (BioSCA) have announced a joint sponsor initiative for the inaugural conference program scheduled for September 11-12, 2008 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. The first-of-its-kind event is being designed to provide an exclusive audience of senior-level executives with authoritative insights, best practices and market intelligence about the supply and distribution of biotechnology products.

According to BioSCA co-conference chairman and Pepperdine adjunct professor Devendra Mishra, "We are honored that such an esteemed university as Pepperdine shares our vision for this summit of industry leaders to perfect the biotech supply chain and collaborate on a more efficient distribution of new life science treatments and technologies."

"California's biotech industry is shaping the future of healthcare and our alumni represent senior executives who are driving this exciting new industry forward," adds David M. Smith, PhD and Associate of Academic Affairs at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. "We are pleased to be joining other esteemed universities on the inauguration of a program that will foster increased collaboration between experts, corporations and researchers to streamline the biotech supply chain."

BioSCA has named the following industry leaders to its advisory board:

-- Satish Jha, President of JM Consulting LLC, Chair the eHealth-Care Foundation

-- Laurel Junk, Vice President of Supply Chain, Amgen

-- Philip Kaminsky, Associate Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department at the University of California, Berkeley

-- Timothy L. Moore, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Genentech

-- Dave Malenfant, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

-- Thomas Panzer, VP Global Supply Chain PS-Biotech, Bayer HealthCare LLC

-- Dr. Mahender Singh, Research Director at the MIT-Center of Transportation and Logistics.

The conference program will cover these vital topics:

-- Acute to Chronic Care - Necessitating a Paradigm Shift in Healthcare

-- The Importance of Supply Chain Management in Achieving Global Business Vision

-- Managing the Supply Chain Today and Tomorrow: The Challenge

-- Biotech Production: Flexibility and Risk Optimization

-- Innovation, Regulation and Drug Pipeline: Management for Profitability and Risk Abatement

-- A Holistic Supply Chain Perspective Driving Operations

-- Ensuring Agility, Adaptability and Alignment for Customer Service

-- Strategic Global Sourcing and Contract Manufacturing Outsourcing

-- Improving Healthcare Quality and Cost with Six Sigma

-- Meeting Healthcare Challenges World-wide: Policies, Programs and Results

-- Regulatory Impacts on the Biotechnology Supply Chain

-- Leading Fulfillment for Drug Samples, Marketing and Consumer Service

-- Optimization of Transportation: Regular and Cold-Storage

-- Medical Waste Management: Ensuring Sustainability of the Environment

For more information about contributing to the conference program contact Professor Mishra at:

For ongoing updates about the program, event schedule, and special events register online at

SPECIAL NOTE: Pepperdine alumni will save $200 off their registration fees. For sponsorship opportunities contact: Deborah Rice, 513-895-2051,

About the Biotech Supply Chain Academy


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