Adents, a leading provider of premier, versatile serialization and track & trace solutions, has announced a prominent line-up of expert presenters for the Paris portion of its Serialization Innovation Summit series. Featuring experts from global IT and technology leaders such as Microsoft and Siemens, as well as officials from government oversight and advocacy groups such as the Healthcare Distribution Alliance and Medicines for Europe, the first-of-its-kind event is slated for April 5-6 at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme hotel.
The Adents Serialization Innovation Summit is a three-continent set of events that, in addition to Paris, includes subsequent gatherings in Philadelphia (June) and Shanghai (October).
As serialization mandates in major markets approach – including the enforcement of the USA’s DSCSA this November and EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive in February 2019 – Adents’ goal is to bring together experts from various aspects of serialization for a comprehensive look at track & trace’s challenges, impact and, ultimately, benefit for pharmaceutical stakeholders. To this end, the summit will address pharma applications of various new technologies – including blockchain, augmented reality, and virtual batch record – as well as the myriad ways that data generated by serialization can be utilized to improve production and business practices for beyond-compliance ROI.
During the 1½-day conference, participants will meet with world-leading traceability experts to understand the future challenges faced by various pharma industry players. They also will interact with representatives of industry organizations such as GS1, Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) and Medicines for Europe, as well as prominent consultants.
In Paris, experts from Microsoft will explore areas such as Cloud storage and operation, intra and inter-system connectivity, AI, and blockchain. Spokespersons from international organizations such as GS1 Healthcare will discuss efforts to standardize – and therefore simplify – serialization, and representatives from Medicines for Europe and the USA’s Healthcare Distribution Alliance will discuss the push toward regulatory compliance on both sides of the Atlantic.
The track & trace needs of hospitals and hospital pharmacists also will be addressed, and experts like pharma logistics mainstay FM Health will be on hand to discuss serialization’s far-reaching supply chain implications.
Confirmed speakers to date include (but are not limited to):
• Sophie Molle, Manager of Healthcare Industry Engagement Manager for GS1, will present GS1 Standards for interconnected Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
• Perry Fri, COO and Executive VP of Industry Relations, Membership & Education for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, will present HDA Origin and Beyond, addressing the organization’s ongoing effort to build a common, digitized serialization reporting hub for DSCSA compliance
• Andrew Whytock, Head of Digitalization & Innovation, Pharmaceutical Business for Siemens, will discuss pharmaceutical digitalization
• Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Director, Marc Gardette, and the company's Cloud Architect, Stéphane Goudeau, will present Blockchain Technology & Serialization
• Jean-François Fusco, Europe Pharmaceutical General Manager at FM Health; and Johan Verhaeghe, National Policy Liaison Manager at Medicines for Europe, will discuss European Hub requirements
• Eneric Lopez, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, will present uses of artificial intelligence and bots relating to pharmaceutical track & trace efforts
“Serialization is having a major impact on everything from packaging line configurations and production floor OEE to IT architecture, personnel allocation and sweeping supply chain procedural changes,” said Christophe Devins, CEO & Co-Founder of Adents. “The summit is a gathering of experts from all walks of the serialization landscape, a way to provide an advanced understanding of what new innovations in serialization technologies can bring to your business.”
To register for the Paris conference, for which seats are limited, visit