IEEE 2017 HDA Traceability Seminar

Workshop: Cutting to the Trace with Blockchain

November 8, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Hosted by IEEE Standards Association

Blockchain, a new emerging technology, was originally designed to authenticate and log bitcoin transactions. The core principle of Blockchain is that any service relying on trusted third parties can be built in a transparent, distributed, verified and secure manner on the Blockchain. Combining the security, trust and authentication attributes of the Blockchain with the needs and requirements of the pharmaceutical industry as it relates to “data sharing” with trusted partners and implementing the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), there could be a perfect combination in the works.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will better understand:

  • What Blockchain is, in the application of traceability and supply chain security;
  • How Blockchain would operate through the pharmaceutical supply chain;
  • Why and how Blockchain offers a robust solution in complying with the DSCSA;
  • How Blockchain amplifies traceability in combination with existing technologies to better audit and secure the supply chain; and,
  • Some of the unresolved issues around Blockchain adoption


Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel


Renaissance Washington,
DC Downtown Hotel

999 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 898-9000
Visit Website
Get Directions



3:00PM – 3:15PM Blockchain, the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and Standards
Speaker: Maria Palombini, Director of Initiative Development, IEEE-SA
3:15PM – 3:45PM Opportunities and Challenges for the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
Speaker: Brennan Bennett, Founder, Blockchain Healthcare Review
+5 minutes for Q&A
3:50PM – 4:20PM Can Blockchain Meet the Challenge of Various Global Regulatory Track and Trace Guidelines?
Speaker: Bob Celeste, Founder, Center for Supply Chain Studies
+5 minutes for Q&A
4:25PM – 4:55PM Tech Story: Using Blockchain to Secure and Optimize the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
Speaker: Gordon Tampol, Chief Executive Officer, BlockRx™
+5 minutes for Q&A
5:00PM – 5:30PM Tech Story: Using Blockchain to Comply with the DSCSA
Speaker: Susanne Somerville, Co-Founder, The LinkLab
+5 minutes for Q&A