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The Informex Global Pharma Sourcing Event Announces New Sponsor & Speakers

HAMILTON, N.J., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Informex, the leading global chemical marketplace, announced that Metrics, a full-service contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing in oral dosage forms, will be a lead sponsor of its 2nd Annual Global Pharma Sourcing Event.  Taking place November 7-8, 2012 at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown in Philadelphia, PA, this educational forum for the pharmaceutical industry will present key information on developing robust sourcing strategies, the current regulatory landscape as well as new trends and business opportunities.

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Top presenters have also been added to the speaker line-up that includes pharmaceutical executives from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Lonza.   Stefan Proniuk, Ph.D., Vice President Product Development, Arno Therapeutics, will participate on the panel "Intellectual Property Protection In Emerging Markets – What Can You Do To Maximize Your Security?" along with Weihong Hsing, Ph.D., Esq., Patent Attorney, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; and  Beverly W. Lubit, Ph.D., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

"Examining What Pharma Companies Are Looking For In Their CMO And Suppliers Relationships," will be led by Michele Johnson, Supply Chain Advisor, Cubist Pharmaceuticals.  She will examine the CMO relationship, adopting best practices to build a robust partnership, and developing effective monitoring processes to ensure quality output. 

The Global Pharma Sourcing event begins with a case study by Theresa Mason, Director, External Sourcing, Product and Development, Eli Lilly on "Examining the Key Elements to Execute When Outsourcing your R&D."  Other case studies and topics will cover all aspects of selecting a global partner including contracting and relationship management with speakers Sally Elshout, Purchasing Manager Bio Intermediates, Lonza; and Angie Green, Vice President, Global Outsourced Manufacturing Operations, The Medicines Company.

Mitigating risk in a supply chain and global sourcing strategy are also discussed in the day one programming with topics on FDA and international regulatory requirements, preparing for natural disasters and combating counterfeiting for brand protection and global supply chain integrity.   Carl J. Accettura, Senior Director, Product and Supply Chain Management, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals is a lead speaker on this important topic area and will include real world case studies from Pfizer and Bushu Pharmaceuticals.

The second day of Informex Global Pharma Sourcing delves into the latest developments in the sourcing of raw materials, APIs and excipients.  Ajit Narang, Senior Research Investigator, Bristol-Myers Squibb, discuses "Examining the Impurities in Pharmaceutical Excipients and Managing their Implications on Sourcing and Outsourcing."  Other timely topics include identifying and establishing a number of global suppliers and case studies on the opportunities and challenges of sourcing in China and India. 

The educational event concludes with forward-looking panels on the new "Trends and Growth Opportunities in Strategic Sourcing for the US Pharma Industry."  These interactive sessions will examine new and enabling technologies, the import/export paradigm, intellectual property protection in emerging markets, and the pharma company of the future.

Limited seats are still available for this pharmaceutical conference.  For the complete agenda and registration information go to: or call 310-996-9435.

About Informex

Organized by UBM Live, Informex's  flagship annual North American event is the leading meeting place for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry for a broad range of applications. As the premier, must-attend platform for the chemical industry for the past 29 years, Informex is a marketplace for networking and doing business in the fine, custom and specialty chemical manufacturing industry. Recently named a "Top 50 Fastest Growing Shows," Informex brings together an international mix of more than 4,000 fine and specialty chemicals professionals and 450 exhibitors for the all-encompassing, 4 day event.

In recent years the global Informex brand has evolved to encompass virtual events, webinars, special focus conferences and additional tradeshows in Asia and South America. 2012 sees the return of the annual Global Pharma Sourcing Event (November 7-8 at the Marriott Courtyard Downtown, Philadelphia, PA). For more information go to

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