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17 05, 2019

Upcoming Portfolio Management Conferences in 2019

By |2019-07-27T13:26:16-08:00May 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Are you interested in networking with other innovation professionals and learning about best practices in R&D allocation? Here are three conferences we’ll be sponsoring in the coming months:

Unleashing Innovation, June 13 and 14, Amsterdam

This conference is cross industry, with R&D firms from all over Europe in attendance. We’ve been away for two years and are looking forward to returning to this annual event.

Project & Portfolio Management for Pharma, July 24 and 25, San Francisco

Fleming usually holds this conference on the East Coast, but this year it’ll be in our backyard here in California. We’re looking forward to networking with some of the many start-ups and biotech companies that make their home on the West Coast and may not venture to events in Boston, NYC, or Philadelphia.

Portfolio Management and Strategic Resource Management, October 16-18, Philadelphia

This three-day conference devotes the first day-and-a-half to resource planning challenges before diving into more strategic aspects of portfolio management. While it is focused on drug development and medical devices, there are always a few people from other industries interested in hearing about best-practices from the life sciences.

Finally, CEO Richard Sonnenblick is running a workshop on innovation prioritization for the Innovation Research Interchange in Fort Worth during their Fall Networks Conference in late September. These IRI events are smaller than their semi-annual meetings and are a great place to network with other innovators in medium to large companies around the US.

We hope to see you at one or more of these conferences. If you’d like to arrange a chat while we’re on-site, let us know!

16 04, 2018

Upcoming Portfolio Management Conferences

By |2018-04-16T22:20:25-08:00April 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Conferences provide an opportunity to network with your peers, learn about best-practices, and realize that we all face common challenges when making tough portfolio decisions.

Once upon a time, portfolio and resource planning conferences were a seasonal affair, with options available throughout the fall. Now there are events year-round; even if they are all on the East Coast. Here’s our tally of conferences taking place for the rest of 2018.

Fleming’s Project & Portfolio Management for Pharma and Biotech will take place May 22-23 in Philadelphia. Fleming runs a good conference, with panel discussions and lots of networking time.

Fast on its heels, the EBCG Medical Device 3P Forum is happening in Berlin on May 24-25. This is one of the few portfolio events that focuses on medical devices, and is a great place to network with others managing R&D portfolios in the device industry.

Looking for a conference in the summer? Q1Productions’ Pharmaceutical Portfolio Management Optimization is taking place July 23-24 in Philadelphia.

CHI’s Portfolio and Strategic Resource Management conference will take place in Philadelphia October 22-24. This conference is over three days, enabling deeper treatment of both PPM and PMO issues.

Did we miss one? Let us know and we’ll add it.

7 09, 2017

Upcoming Conferences: Fall 2017 through early 2018

By |2017-09-07T16:45:01-08:00September 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Enrich will be attending multiple conferences on the East Coast of the US and in Europe in the coming months. Can you join us at any of the following venues?

12-13 September, 2017 – The Pharma CI Conference and Exhibition, Parsippany, New Jersey. We’ll be attending this conference as a partner of Ozmosi, and demonstrating some of the latest competitive intelligence offerings we’ve developed jointly with Ozmosi. Beau Bush of Ozmosi will also be presenting on trends in the clinical trials landscape worldwide.

6-8 November, 2017 – CHI’s Strategic Resource and Portfolio Management Conference, Philadelphia. We are sponsoring this conference and will be discussing challenges in portfolio management scenario and capacity planning during the lunch talk on Tuesday the 7th. This three-day event is actually two conferences in one, with the resource management topics kicking things off and portfolio management for the second half.

8-9 February, 2018 – EBCG’s Healthcare PPM Toolbox, Jersey City, New Jersey. This EBCG conference is a great opportunity to hear about medical devices and diagnostics portfolios as well as large and small molecule drug development. We’ll be speaking at this conference as a gold sponsor.

7-9 March, 2018 – EBCG’s Pharma PPM Toolbox, Dublin, Ireland. We return to this event year after year for the networking and in-depth treatment of drug development portfolios.

Know a conference audience that would benefit from our experience? Thinking about attending a conference or want advice on where your case study would fit best as a presentation? Drop us a line!

7 09, 2015

Upcoming Conferences on PPM and Innovation

By |2016-03-09T17:44:30-08:00September 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Fall and winter is high season for conferences, and we’re excited to be sponsoring five different events across North America and Europe between now and March 2016. We recommend all of these conferences as excellent opportunities to network, learn from your peers, and share your own wisdom on innovation and portfolio management.

Boston, October 6-7: 8th Project and Portfolio Management for Pharma & Biotech Conference at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Organized by American Leaders. We sponsored their spring conference in San Francisco and found the conference not too big, not too small, and full of industry veterans doing great work at small- and mid-sized firms.

Amsterdam, October 12-13: Product Innovation Process 2016. This is our first experience with this cross-industry event, focusing on portfolio management and other methods that create R&D value.

Philadelphia, November 2-3: Cambridge Healthtech’s Strategic Resource and Portfolio Management Conference at the Hilton Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing. This is the biggest life sciences event we attend in North America. Usually there are 150-200 attendees at these back-to-back events, with a majority attending both of them. When you bring the resource planning and portfolio people together at one venue, good conversations ensue.

NYC, January 20-21, 2016: EBCG’s Pharma PPM Toolbox North America, This is EBCG’s first version of this conference in the US, in the middle of Manhattan. We’re excited to be part of the inaugural event.

Basel, March 3-4, 2016: EBCG’s Pharma PPM Toolbox Europe, Our new favorite conference in Europe. Basel is a great venue, and EBCG brings together 150+ delegates from leading life sciences companies all over Europe.

24 05, 2012

Upcoming Portfolio Management Conference: CHI November 2012

By |2016-03-14T16:52:04-08:00May 24th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Every November the Cambridge Healthtech Institute hosts a portfolio management conference for the life sciences industry that spans both operational and strategic portfolio management. We find it to be the best portfolio management conference in the U.S., and to steal a page from movie critics, “If you only go to one portfolio conference this year…” The speakers are very good, the interactive breakout sessions facilitate terrific, focused discussions, and the CHI staff does an excellent job running the conference.

Highlights from the 2011 conference:

  • Beau Bush from Johnson & Johnson gave an excellent talk on how portfolio management is playing a growing role in shaping their company’s strategy.
  • Grant Morgan from Allergan presented an effort he championed that has successfully aligned future resource needs with their R&D pipeline.
  • I spoke about emerging best practices in project valuation and portfolio management, focusing on the trends that enable portfolio groups to impact high-stakes R&D decisions.

Full disclosure: We are a sponsor of this year’s conference, and we will be speaking on “Using Portfolio Management to Effectively Manage (and Not Manage) Innovation.”

16 05, 2012

Takeaways from IRI: Driving Innovation

By |2016-03-14T16:52:05-08:00May 16th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

We sponsored the 2012 Industrial Research Institute (IRI) Annual Meeting this month, and the primary topic was how to drive innovation in large organizations. These organizations have become large because they’re very good at some “thing”, which for the sake of simplicity we’ll call a core competency. This core competency is typically focused on a particular type of execution: flow manufacturing, deep-water oil extraction, packaged goods marketing, etc. The company’s processes, systems, and people are finely tuned around its core competency, and as a result the company culture has evolved to support it as well.

This evolved culture allows the company to execute on its core competency (hopefully) better than anyone else, with a focus on consistency. Consistency requires control (be it financial, supply chain, quality, etc.), particularly within a global organization. A culture of control is a complete anathema to innovation. Innovation requires creativity, open-mindedness, and the freedom to fail. When a company’s standard management practices are applied to people or departments tasked with innovation, the results are stifling at best and disastrous at worst.

The general consensus at the conference was that the solution is to separate the innovative part of the organization from the rest, precisely to enable it to develop different practices and a different culture. In one of the first talks of the conference, Dave Edwards from Avery Dennison spoke about how his company achieved far better results by separating out the early-stage R&D function and bringing in external managers to run it. His experience was echoed by many others at the conference, and there was a distinct lack of success stories from companies who tried to foster innovation without this separation.

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