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Welcome to CPhI North America!

CPhI North America is back in Philadelphia – home to numerous A-List celebrities (including Kevin Bacon, Will Smith, and Alecia Beth Moore – AKA P!nk – as well historical greats such as Louisa May Alcott, Isaac Asimov, and US Vice President George M Dallas) – to share, learn, liaise, and innovate with the cream of the continent’s pharmaceutical industry players. 

With both online and in-person options available for all attendees, CPhI NA is now a year-round event because of the availability of on-demand content and long-lasting relationships and partnerships formed there. The theme of this year’s show is to turn connections into endless opportunities, so which opportunities will you be looking for first? Let me know: [email protected].

Today's Must-See

11:00 - 11:30: Sustainable Futures – Greening the Supply Chain: A Guide to a Sustainable and Renewable Supply Chain (Conference Theater 1) 

Speakers from Schneider Electric, Takeda, and BMS discuss the challenges and opportunities in decarbonization with case-in-point examples of industry-wide collaboration programs and practical guidance. 

12:00 - 13:30: CDMO Roundtable – Outsourcing Trends (Room 201A)

Grab an early lunch (or a big brunch) because experts from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Grand River, Bio/Pharmaceutical, and Actylis will be diving deep into the heart of what is happening in the world of CDMO outsourcing operations. 

15:00 - 15:45: Revolutionizing Drug Manufacturing – Lightning Round: Revolutionizing Manufacturing: The Impact of New Technologies and AI Challenges (Conference Theater 1)

This session will be broken down into three mini-presentations, each discussing the opportunities inherent in applying smart digital technology to the manufacturing process.

Tomorrow's Planner

Topics covered in tomorrow’s CPhI NA conference will include the role of regional markets, biomanufacturing, start-up pitches, marketing workshops, and talent acquisition.


Head southwest on your way out of the conference center to the City Hall Metro station, where you can catch the Broad Street Line (AKA Orange line, which runs north to south). From the station, it’s a short walk through the verdant Marconi Plaza to the Citizens Bank Park Baseball Stadium – home of the Phillies! There were still tickets available for their home game versus the Toronto Blue Jays – at least at the time of writing.. Batter up! Or if baseball ain’t your thing, there is a string of steakhouses, pizzerias, and bakeries all along Oregon Street. 

Thought of the Day

Looking at the event program and seeing the emphasis on automation and the need to revolutionize manufacturing takes me back to an interview I conducted with Stella Vnook, CEO of Likarda. She said: “There is a need to transition from small-scale, manual manufacturing processes to larger-scale, automated production systems. This scale-up process isn’t just a technical, logistical, and regulatory challenge, but also requires a lot of capital investment – another significant challenge, especially for cell therapy and biotech startups in the early stages.”

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