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The Pharma & Biopharm Executive Mini-MBA

5-day practical programme to build your global business acumen

20 - 24 November 2017

This hands-on programme will help you develop key skills needed for effective commercial negotiation and relationship building. Through interactive case studies, you will put theory into practice and build your global business acumen.

Our expert faculty have unrivaled experience and expertise across the pharmaceutical industry, providing invaluable knowledge gained from working with the world’s most prestigious international corporations. Through them, you will explore real-life examples of corporate practices and managerial skills.

Over 5 days they will share their consulting and business experience, providing a range of dynamic frameworks and tools for you to use in your role. Modules covered include:

  • Strategy and strategic thinking
  • Leading and managing strategic change
  • Business, commercial and financial skills
  • Competitive marketing
  • Controlling and managing complex commercial relationships

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This interactive programme is ideal for:

  • Managers who have influence across functional areas and who cope with ambiguous or difficult situations.
  • Those who are leading major projects or change within their organisations – either now or in the future.
  • Directors and VPs who require a short intensive time away from day-to-day pressures to think strategically about their business.
  • Functional support specialists and scientists who are either being promoted into a broader business role or who need to start developing a wider organisation perspective.

Day 1: Strategy

Dr Laura Brown 

Laura is Chairman of an International Pharmaceutical Management Consultancy, Course Director and Lecturer for the MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Cardiff, and is also Course Director for the MSc in Regulatory Affairs, TOPRA and University of Hertfordshire. Laura developed the first Pharma mini-MBA course almost 20 years ago. She has also worked as an Associate with Cranfield School of Management on several courses including the Leadership module of the MBA programme and Strategic Thinking courses.

Laura has extensive experience in senior management roles in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked for several pharmaceutical companies including GSK, Hoeschst Marion Roussell and Phoenix International and consulted internationally with numerous pharmaceutical companies in the EU, US, Singapore, China and India.

 

Day 2: Change Management

Roger Holdsworth

Roger Holdsworth has over 20 years’ experience in senior management in the biopharmaceutical industry, starting in R&D project management and moving on to alliance and portfolio management. Over this period, he has been involved in a broad range of development activities both from the R&D and commercial point of view.                                                                                       

For the past ten years he has held senior posts in portfolio management, beginning with the setup of the portfolio analysis and management system in Celltech. His role continued following the acquisition of Celltech by the Belgian Pharmaceutical company UCB in 2004. From that time until the end of 2010, he was Director of R&D Portfolio Management. He carried out the evaluation of a broad portfolio of chemical and biological entities in the CNS and Immunology therapeutic areas. Roger provided decision support relating to late phase development to the most senior management groups within the company.

Following his retirement from UCB, he has maintained an active interest in the industry and its progress.

Before moving into portfolio management, he was a senior project leader at Celltech organisation where he led a number of development alliances with international pharmaceutical companies.

 

Day 3: Marketing

Jan Flynn, BSc MBA

Jan is currently the Marketing Manager for Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years for companies including Glaxo SmithKline, Schering-Plough, LIG, Knoll and running her own consultancy.  She has worked in toxicology, regulatory affairs, sales, international marketing, medical copywriting and advertising.   This has given her a wide background of experience and during her career she worked on most drug categories as well as many medical devices.

Jan has a degree in Biochemistry and Toxicology, an MBA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

 

Day 4: Finance

Chris Dickin MSc

Chris first trained as a Management accountant with the Rolls-Royce Limited aero-space division in Derby, UK. During that time, he qualified academically as a professional accountant and he gained a Master’s degree in Financial Control.

Over the next fifteen years, he gained experience within the finance function of several major UK companies. Chris then joined the University of Derby in the UK as a finance lecturer. A successful academic career saw him progress to become the Assistant Dean responsible for resources in the Derbyshire Business School, overseeing degree and professional courses. Since 1993 he has been a full time, independent cost reduction consultant and financial trainer, working for major companies throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. He has delivered several training courses for companies in the Pharma sector including Johnson & Johnson and Eczacibasi.

 

Day 5: Relationships

John Faulkes

John began his career as a scientist in the Wellcome Foundation (now GSK). He moved after some years to a new career in training/HR, first as a trainer and eventually as a Learning and Development Business Partner. He left to become a consultant in the 1990's, working as a freelancer running team building sessions, personal skills courses and doing instructional design and coordination.

In 2001 he co-founded PPLMD Ltd, which specialises in enhancing collaborative working in the Pharma, Biotech and related service industries. John and his partner have created an educational program, 'Molecules to Markets', that helps companies to build knowledge of how the pharma business operates. They also provide project management consulting, team/leader coaching and training, particularly for the Biotech sector. In addition, they help pharma companies to manage alliances more effectively. John has developed several innovative measurement tools including a ‘relationship health’ questionnaire and a 'culture match' questionnaire. PPLMD Ltd are the preferred suppliers to the London-Cambridge based cluster One Nucleus, and also are on the Exec committee of the PIPMG (Pharmaceutical Industry Project Management Group). John is also a founder member of ‘The Collaboration Project’ – a network for project, outsourcing and alliance managers.

 

  • Employ winning strategies and strategic thinking
  • Build high performance teams with enhanced leadership skills
  • Improve business, commercial and financial skills for greater returns on investment
  • Explore competitive marketing strategies for better margins, profits and revenues
  • Control and manage complex commercial relationships to optimise results

Past attendee testimonials:

I chose this course to get a broader view on business operations beyond my daily R&D activites. Enjoyed team work and case studies. The course by Chris Dickin was great!

Head of Research Platfom, Sanofi Pasteur


Nice programme, day 4 and 5 were very useful! A lot of tools to be implemented in daily work life!

Physico-Chemical Characterization Lab Manager,  Merck Company


I'm building a new team in my company, so I have to look at different aspects of managing teams and implementing changes. Really enjoyed the financial skills module and meeting different types of people!

Senior Medical Manager, ABBVIE


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