The central theme of the conference was brilliantly expounded by Paul Anderson, Senior Director of Operations Strategies at Thermo Fisher Scientific with his “Short-Cut to Supply Chain Success: Adapting Large Company Best Practices to Small and Mid-sized Companies”. He comprehensively articulated how small companies who don’t have the same supply chain volume as the large companies can achieve some of the same benefits by leveraging other industry resources and best practices. Furthering the message was Isaac Young, Sr. Director Supply Chain Operations at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, who provided a prescription for "Developing a Strategic Sourcing Competency for a Small Company". Myles Marcus, Senior Director, Materials and Logistics, CTI biopharma, stated that dealing with ramp up, supply chain visibility and risk avoidance are critical issues in "Contract Manufacturing Life Cycle Management" and provided a methodology for dealing with them
Dan Ambrose, Director Customer Logistics, VWR International, demonstrated how ROI from a supplier relationship can be determined to make the manufacturer-supplier relationship strategic. “Measuring value during the lifecycle of an agreement is a pathway to driving innovation and relevance to the collaborative efforts of both organizations,” he emphasized in his message of continuous improvement. Doug Wettergren, Regional Sales Manager of Envirotainer, presented a research-rich report on how environmentally-controlled transportation can overcome the Achilles’ heel in global sourcing.
Addressing the most critical issue facing the industry of “Producing, Growing and Retaining the Right Supply Chain Talent” was Joel Sutherland, Managing Director of the SCM Institute of the Universit
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