CPHI Barcelona 2023: forging collaborations for a promising future in the pharmaceutical sector

Published: 7-Sep-2023

CPHI Barcelona is set to take centre stage from 24–26 October at Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Spain. Building on its legacy of excellence, this year’s show promises to unite suppliers, innovators and pharma professionals in an exceptional setting, combining the best of in-person and online experiences. CPHI creates connections and inspires partnerships throughout the global pharma community

CPHI Barcelona serves as a vital platform for unrivalled networking and access to the global supply chain. It provides unparalleled opportunities to source valuable partnerships, secure contracts and stay ahead in a rapidly evolving industry.

Whether you’re seeking to forge relationships with thought leaders, trailblazers or innovators, this event has it all. 

A unique blend of in-person and online experiences
CPHI Barcelona presents a unique opportunity to learn, procure and connect with events that inspire innovation and drive change. By seamlessly blending the benefits of both digital and in-person formats, attendees develop relationships all year round. 

The Event Planner is a web and app tool that allows you to plan your time at the event in advance, making your time at CPHI Barcelona more effective.

Attendees can plan meetings, bookmark interesting exhibitions and products, and receive personalised recommendations regarding products, exhibitions and relevant content sessions. The app also contains all event essentials in one place, including your event badge and personal schedule.

This maximises your efficiency and enjoyment while reducing event stress.

Not only is the Event Planner useful for pre-event planning, it can also be used during and after the event. You can navigate through the many halls using the interactive floorplan to find the exhibits that you bookmarked ahead of time while receiving notifications about your schedule.

CPHI Barcelona 2023: forging collaborations for a promising future in the pharmaceutical sector

Once the event has finished, you can export the contact information of the connections you made for easy follow-up calls.

So, dive into the immersive event platform before the in-person event, engage with the vibrant CPHI Barcelona community and plan your experience early.

Then, at Fira Barcelona, navigate the event effortlessly through intuitive zones, attend prescheduled one-to-one meetings, connect with exhibitors on-the-fly and explore seminars while sourcing new suppliers.

Pass options and benefits
CPHI Barcelona offers different pass options to cater to your specific needs.

  • The Standard pass for those focused on meeting people, discovering fresh innovations and connecting with more than 1800 suppliers
  • The Explorer pass for those looking for more networking time with early access to the event and access to the meeting services.
  • For exclusive privileges, the VIP pass grants access to reserved spaces, breakfast, lunch, refreshments and more.

Exciting new feature: the start-up market
This year, CPHI Barcelona introduces the Start-Up Market, a dedicated space in Hall 3 where start-ups, innovators and small enterprises from the industry can exhibit their exciting new products and solutions.

The Start-Up Market is the space to visit to discover new innovations and connect with companies at the cutting edge of the pharma industry. Eligible companies classified as "Start-Ups" and active in the pharma, biopharma, digital or medical device sectors can exhibit.

The market space offers various benefits, including promotion as a show feature, access to start-up mentors and a dedicated networking lounge. 

Commitment to sustainability and social responsibility
CPHI Barcelona is committed to organising an environmentally and socially responsible event. Efforts are being made to reduce the ecological impact, including the use of sustainable transportation and shuttle services, the use of 100% renewable energy and implementing initiatives to minimise single-use exhibitor stands.

The event aims to support local businesses, empower communities and inspire sustainable development by celebrating initiatives through The Sustainability Award and amplifying diverse voices through forums and events.

Silvia Forroova, Director of Partnerships and Sustainability, Informa Markets, commented: “We are very excited to be back in Barcelona, one of Europe’s premier biotech and pharma manufacturing hubs."

"This year, the event will return to its former size and is designed to inspire innovation and drive change in the pharma industry. In the post-pandemic era, it’s exciting to see so many new products in clinical development and companies looking to widen and diversify their networks.”

CPHI Barcelona 2023: forging collaborations for a promising future in the pharmaceutical sector

“There has never been a better time to attend CPHI. At the heart of pharma, we provide the vital connections that will underpin growth in pharma manufacturing in the next few years."

"Alongside this, we are committed to accelerating our progress in sustainability; this is something that’s embedded throughout CPHI, from our Better Stands programme (to reduce waste) to our conference content, wherein we’re bringing industry leaders together to inspire and create conversation through a number of sessions dedicated to various aspects of sustainability.”

Conference agenda highlights
CPHI Barcelona 2023 will feature an extensive conference agenda covering a wide range of topics, including next-gen biomanufacturing, partnering for success, formulating the future, future therapies, manufacturing 4.0, patient-centric development, creating a circular economy, quality management fundamentals and hiring for diversity.

These sessions will provide valuable insights and help to shape the future of the industry.

Year-round engagement
The power of CPHI Barcelona extends beyond the event dates. With the show platform and cphi-online.com, you can access on-demand conference content, stay connected with the CPHI community throughout the year and fuel the growth of your business. 

Awarding excellence 
The CPHI Pharma Awards will mark its 20th anniversary with a grand ceremony on 24 October 24. This special edition will introduce three new categories, acknowledging the remarkable wave of innovation that has engulfed the industry. These categories will honour advancements in methodologies, sustainability efforts and philanthropic initiatives.

CPHI Barcelona 2023: forging collaborations for a promising future in the pharmaceutical sector

Conference Content Overview

Day 1 (Tuesday 24 October) will focus on Next-Gen Biomanufacturing, Formulating the Future, Partnering for Success and Creating a Circular Economy. Sheila Ann Mikhail, cofounder and former CEO of Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, will provide a keynote address on biomanufacturing.

This day will feature two panels

  • Strategies for Commercialising Cell and Gene Therapies with speakers Anders Wallstron (Xbrane Biopharma), Unmesh Lal (Frost & Sullivan) and Magnus Blomberg (AstraZeneca)
  • Looking to the Future: What’s Next for the Generic Drugs Market with presenters Camille Dumont (Lonza Capsules and Health Ingredients), Juan Colberg (Pfizer) and Sven Stegemann (Leibniz JointLab).

After the panels, sessions on Partnering for Success and Creating a Circular Economy will follow. Vinay Saluja (Novartis) will provide insights into the CMDO landscape and a second speaker will discuss Sustainability in Pharma.

Day 2 (Wednesday 25 October) will explore Future Therapies, Manufacturing 4.0, Patient Centric Development and Quality Management Fundamentals. Aser Alonso (GE Healthcare) will kick off with a keynote on drug manufacturing.

In the afternoon, a panel titled Loading Potential: Artificial Intelligence for Pharma Manufacturing will discuss AI's role in enhancing manufacturing efficiency.

Speakers Andrew Kewson (Basilea Pharmaceutica), Guglielmo Iozzia (Merck), Sean Daughtry (Vertex Pharmaceuticals) and Aurelio Arias (IQVIA) will explore AI’s implications in batch manufacturing, chatbot usage and patient engagement.

Samantha Parker (Innoskel) will provide a keynote on the Patient Centric Landscape. Elisabeth Stampa (Medicines for Europe) will discuss Quality Management Fundamentals.

The day will conclude with a panel on Industry 4.0: Setting the New Standard for Manufacturing Quality featuring Lawrence De Belder (Pharmatech Associates Inc.), Isamir Martinez (ACS Green Chemistry Institute), Danita Broyles (Harmony Biosciences) and Sanjay Sharma (Dr. Reddy’s).

Topics will include making data actionable, ERP system selection and establishing measurable KPIs.

Day 3 (Thursday 26 October) will feature a Sustainability workshop in the morning

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