Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 17th Annual

Strategic Resource Management

Enhanced R&D Productivity, Forecasting and Planning

October 16-17, 2019

Although investment in pharma R&D continues to increase, approval of new drugs remains relatively low. This productivity crisis presents new challenges to biopharma R&D in terms of resource management, forecasting, and capacity planning. To counteract the decline in new therapeutics and high risk of product failure, biopharma must adapt with improved performance planning, intelligent outsourcing, and new big data analytics aimed at developing strategic and flexible resource management systems. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s and the BioPharma Strategy Series’ 17th Annual Strategic Resource Management: Enhanced R&D Productivity, Forecasting and Planning attracts over 100 senior R&D executives sharing best practices and new ideas on how to enhance R&D productivity, forecasting and planning with important discussions on optimizing resource management, outsourcing, innovation, R&D, clinical capacity planning, forecasting and business intelligence strategies.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, October 16

8:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee

8:50 Organizer’s Welcome

Kaitlin Searfoss Kelleher, Conference Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute


8:55 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Michael Ferrante, Head, R&D Business Capabilities, R&D Strategy and Planning, Bristol-Myers Squibb

9:05 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Decision Making with Emotional Intelligence

Maurer_AngieAngie Maurer, RN, BSN, MBA, Executive Coach, Maurer Executive Coaching

Emotional Intelligence plays a significant role in leadership. As leaders, it’s important to make effective decisions in the day to day life in an organization. Emotions influence the outcome of decisions that we are confronted with every day. Our emotions impact the people around us making it more challenging to come together to make decisions. Angie will cover the importance of Emotional Intelligence in decision making and all aspects of life.

9:50 Forecasting Resource Requirements When There Is a New Business Strategy

Kaminetz_JoshJosh Kaminetz, Business Operations Lead, Strategy Realization Office, Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety, Merck & Co., Inc.

This talk is a case study in how an evolving strategy can create unique considerations and challenges for providing accurate demand/capacity forecasts.

10:20 Scenario Modeling Analytics Using AI Machine Learning for Project and Resource Planning for Licensing-In, Acquisitions, and Business Development

Mathew_SamSam Mathew, MBA, Portfolio Analytics & Capacity Management Group Leader, Janssen

This talk will discuss real-world examples in scenario modeling for project and resource planning. Walk away with insights into using AI and machine learning in various project planning settings.

10:50 Coffee Break with Exhibit Viewing

11:20 Project Planning and Resource Demand Forecasting for a Global R&D Project Portfolio

McGuire_KristyKristy McGuire, Global Project Planner, Strategy & Business Operations, Integrated Planning, Analytics & Partnering, EMD Serono

This talk will discuss how integrated project planning and resource demand forecasting through state-of-the-art tools provide insights for executive decision making at EMD Serono Global R&D. We’ll discuss developing a standardized methodology and establishing a single source of truth for project, portfolio, and functional reporting. An overview of the journey from implementation to application will be given.

11:50 Research Portfolio Dynamics & Management in a Fast-Changing Biotech Setting

Schmitt_BenoitBenoit Schmitt, PhD, PMP, Senior Alliance & Portfolio Manager, Galapagos

The presentation will describe the process and tool we implemented to manage our resources pool. The process and tool have enabled an understanding of our research project portfolio and allowed us to build an organizational agility to manage resources. The presentation will share a real-life example of implementation of the resource management process in a medium-sized biotech (250 FTEs pool over 25 projects).

12:20 pm Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

12:50 Session Break


1:40 Chairperson’s Remarks

Dybicz_TonyTony Dybicz, PMP, Associate Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety, Merck & Co., Inc.

1:45 CO-PRESENTATION: Insights and Evolution of Amgen’s Process Development Resource Forecasting and Capacity Management Ecosystem

Jerden_CleatCleat Jerden, Executive Director, Business Performance, Business Analysis and External Process Development, Amgen

Fairbairn_SamanthaSamantha Fairbairn, Director, Business Performance, Business Analysis and External Process Development, Amgen

Amgen’s Process Development is a complex organization of ~1800 staff across various functions supporting both large and small molecules. This organization has been on a multi-year journey to develop the process for portfolio prioritization, combined with improved functional resource management and governance. While this infrastructure was successfully deployed into the business, we strive for continuous process improvement and technology advancement to enable reliability, efficiency, agility, and differentiation in management of our portfolio.

2:45 Sponsored Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

3:15 Introduction to Breakout Discussions

3:20 Refreshment Break with Exhibit Viewing

4:00 Interactive Breakout Discussions

5:00 Close of Day

Thursday, October 17

8:30 am Morning Coffee


8:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Cleat Jerden, Executive Director, Business Performance, Business Analysis and External Process Development, Amgen

9:00 Establishing Resource Management in a Regulatory & Clinical Safety Organization – Lessons Learned from a Journey

Dybicz_TonyTony Dybicz, PMP, Associate Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety, Merck & Co., Inc.

This talk will explore the next steps in our journey of building our tools and network, with further maturation processes. These efforts are leading towards a collectively improved understanding and outputs of our resource management processes.

9:30 CO-PRESENTATION: Time Reporting: Change Management, Business Insights, and Improved Resource Forecasting

Liu_KathyKathy Liu, Associate Director, Capacity Management, Janssen

You_RonnieRonnie You, Senior Manager, Capacity Management, Janssen

Time reporting data is an often ignored wealth of information for a variety of reasons. Poor reporting compliance, under-reporting of time, and attributing efforts to the wrong projects are among the top reasons many dismiss this potentially valuable data. Two business cases will be presented that highlight one organization’s journey to improve their time reporting data quality, how this data was mined to generate some powerful insights, and explore how predictive analysis can shed light on future performance issues.

10:00 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

10:30 Coffee Break with Exhibit Viewing


11:00 Development and Implementation of a Governance Framework for a Technical Operations Organization

Zachariou_MichaelMichael Zachariou, PhD, Executive Director, Technical Operations CMC Product and Portfolio Management, Technical Operations, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals

The why and how a Governance Framework was developed and implemented for a Technical Operations organization will be described, including development of metrics to measure success parameters for governance. Lessons learned from the effort will be discussed.

11:30 Strategic Resource Management of CMC Commercialization

Fountain_GeorgeGeorge Fountain III, MBA, PMP, Senior Manager, CMC Performance and Analytics, Kite Pharma, a Gilead Company

In cell therapy development, the transition from clinical to commercial is very short. Utilizing an endorsed CMC Framework can be very helpful in resource modeling and forecasting in the launch of an approved therapy. This approach is useful when launching in multiple geographies at the same time.

12:00 pm Session Break, Transition to Luncheon and Joint Keynote

12:10 Welcome from the Conference Organizer

Kaitlin Searfoss Kelleher, Conference Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute

12:15 Luncheon Presentation to be Announced

12:45 Session Break


1:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

Matthew Kokkonen, MBA, Director, Portfolio and Governance, Enterprise Excellence, CSL Behring

1:30 Single Source of Truth: Using Enterprise Tools to Align Decisions

Ferrante_MichaelMichael Ferrante, Head, R&D Business Capabilities, R&D Strategy & Planning, Bristol-Myers Squibb

In this presentation, we will explore how enterprise planning tools can drive better decisions. We will explore the power of multi-level planning, standard data and common definitions, and a single Book of Work can ensure alignment from the portfolio to the project to the functional area. We will discuss the interfaces between different systems that can align a large organization effectively and nimbly.

2:00 Towards Logical and Strategic Reasoning Within Pharma Drug Development Decisions

Ko_ElayneElayne Ko, Director, Portfolio Decision Sciences, GSK

In Jonathan Haidt’s book, he notes “intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second” and cites neuroscientist, Antonio Damasio, who observes gut feelings and bodily reactions are necessary to think rationally. Jonathan Haidt concludes, “the head can’t even do head stuff without the heart.” This presentation explores the implementation of the Decision Analysis process and facilitation approaches towards strategic reasoning without the cognition and emotion dichotomy to aid pharmaceutical drug development decisions.

2:30 Analytics and Culture: Lessons Learned and Comparisons Between Pharma/Biotech, Oil & Gas, and Government

Nieman_TimothyTimothy Nieman, Senior Manager, Portfolio Analysis, Portfolio Management Office, BioMarin Pharmaceutical

This talk will discuss the similarities and differences in the application of decision analytics between pharma/biotech and oil and gas companies, as well as US government agencies, and how different business settings and cultures affect those applications. What best practices can we learn from other industries and what can they learn from us?

3:00 Introduction to Breakout Discussions

3:05 Refreshment Break with Exhibit Viewing

3:35 Interactive Breakout Discussions

4:35 Networking Reception with Exhibit Viewing

5:35 Close of Strategic Resource Management

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For questions about this year's event, please contact:

Kaitlin Searfoss Kelleher
Conference Producer
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
T: (+1) 781-972-5498