Agenda 2017-06-13T15:40:49+00:00

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The agenda below represents the program presented on 6 June 2017 for the Pharma Supply Blockchain Forum.

June 6, 2017
07:30 - 08:15
Registration / Breakfast
08:15 - 08:30
Opening Remarks


Maria Palombini, Director, Communities and Opportunities Development, IEEE-Standards Association

08:30 - 09:15
Keynote Presentation: 
Is Blockchain a Pipe Dream or the Right Fit for Pharma’s Supply Chain? A Pragmatic Industry View

Ashish Srivastava, Senior Manager, OIS Supply Chain, AMGEN
Dave Mahlum, Director, IT Security, AMGEN

Dave Mahlum
Director, New Innovation and Technology, AMGEN
Ashish Srivastava
Sr Manager, OIS Supply Chain, Amgen
09:15 - 09:45
Digital Identity + Blockchain: Employing a Double Layer Framework to Secure the Supply Chain and the Patient

Mollie Shields-Uehling, CEO, Safe-BioPharma
Dawn Jutla, CEO, Peer Ledger

Dr. Dawn Jutla
CEO, Peer Ledger
Mollie Shields-Uehling
President & CEO, SAFE-BioPharma Association
09:45 - 10:15
Reviewing the Contenders for DSCSA Track-and-Trace

In this session we explore the pros and cons of four solution alternatives to meeting DSCSA track-and-trace requirements.  We look at the practicality of each solution from perspectives that include scalability, performance, ability to keep corporate data confidential, cost, and impacts on public health.


The four primary solution contenders are:

  1. decentralized, non-blockchain, “breadcrumb” solution
  2. decentralized blockchain solution
  3. centralized database solution
  4. centralized blockchain solution


By highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each type of solution, we move the conversation from emotional opinions to documentable shortcomings and capabilities.


Speaker: Jeffrey Stollman, Principal Consultant/Polymath, Rocky Mountain Technical

Jeffrey Stollman
10:15 - 10:30
Networking Break – Walk the Tech Lounge
10:30 - 11:30
Building a Trusted Supply Chain: Food Safety Case Study

IBM is partnering with major retailers, suppliers and regulators to create a secure, trusted communication channel to promote traceable and transparent supply chain operations. In this talk, we will describe the outcomes of a food safety pilot that we completed with Walmart. Blockchain enabled trusted information exchange results in a dramatic reduction in the time and effort required to compile the information needed to do a variety of tasks ranging from safety / sustainability audits to product recalls.

Krishna Ratakonda, IBM Fellow & CTO, Blockchain Solutions

Krishna Ratakonda
IBM Fellow & CTO, Blockchain Solutions
11:15 - 12:30
White-Board Attendee-Driven Session – Blockchain for the Pharma Supply Chain

Evaluate – if blockchain is the right solution
Decide – risks vs rewards of blockchain
Move – the actions, decisions, to employ the solution


This attendee driven session will have everyone roll-up their sleeves and design a roadmap of what it will take to move from consideration of blockchain to adoption.


Session Leader: Maria Palombini, IEEE-Standards Association

12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:00
The Smart Way to Do Smart Contracts

Smart contracts could change the way companies transact business by automating and streamlining contractual agreements. But there are some hurdles to overcome before the technology becomes widely adopted.

Ken Cottrill, Co-Founder, Principal, Chain Business Insights, LLC

Ken Cottrill
Co-Founder & Research Principal, Chain Business Insights, LLC
14:00 - 14:30
The Last Mile: Design Elements that Incentivize the Use of Blockchain Beyond Compliance

This session will examine potential design elements for private and public blockchains that go beyond exclusively meeting regulatory compliance and deliver rewards in achieving shared goals of patient safety and supply chain optimization. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Post-market surveillance
  • Targeting drug recalls more efficiently
  • Combatting counterfeit
  • Disrupting the Trend of Sourcing Alternative Supply Chains for Medicine


Tim Mackey, Director of the Global Health Policy Institute; Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine

Robert Celeste, Founder, Center for Supply Chain Studies

Tim Mackey
Bob Celeste
Founder, Center for Supply Chain Studies
14:30 - 15:30
Panel Discussion:
 “Rev Up” the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain with the Emerging Tech Explosion

Emerging technologies can unearth revenue opportunities on the pharmaceutical supply chain when IoT and Blockchain converge. Hear from a panel of tech and industry experts who will highlight the benefits and why pharma needs to prepare for this opportunity.


  • Brennan Bennet, Blockchain Healthcare Review
  • Jim Sabogal, Director, T-Systems, North America
  • William J. Miller, President, MaCT


  • Samuel K. Moore, Senior Editor, IEEE Spectrum
Brennan Bennet
Founder, Blockchain Healthcare Review
Jim Sabogal
Healthcare Life Sciences Leader
William J. Miller
President, MaCT USA
Samuel K. Moore
Senior Editor, IEEE Spectrum
15:30 - 16:30
Roundtable Swap Meet (Coffee/Tea/Snacks)

Choice of attending two roundtable discussions at 20 minutes each.

Roundtable topics include:

Industry Governance
The topics to explore are the different models for the Pharma industry to administer a Blockchain solution, what are the roles of the participants, and how could a future interoperable system be funded.
Hosted by: Eric Garvin, Co-Founder, The LinkLab


Data Governance
Blockchain-based technologies, when combined with other technologies and policies, can make it easier to control access, management, use, monitoring and security of your data. We’ll discuss how to maintain data governance and control over your data, and in particular, how blockchain-based technologies can help alleviate this problem.
Hosted by: Robert Barkovich, Founder, HealthLinkages


The Legal Side of Smart Contracts
Hosted by:   Alan Cohn, Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP


IoT and Blockchain
Hosted by:  Jim Sabogal, Director, T-Systems, North America

Jim Sabogal
Healthcare Life Sciences Leader
Alan Cohn
Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Robert Barkovich, Ph.D.
CEO & Founder, Health Linkages Inc.
16:30 - 16:45
Highlights of the Day & Next Steps

Maria Palombini, IEEE Standards Association

16:45 - 17:45
Networking Reception
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