PM in Pharma and Biotech

Project Management in Pharma and Biotech

In our working environment, the importance of project management is steadily increasing. In the healthcare sector including the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, a substantial increase in project-oriented jobs is seen. Efficient project management is key to organizing complex cross-functional environments and achieving goals within time and budget. Among different sectors, the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries stand out as they are highly regulated. Hence, special attention needs to be paid in order to fulfil the demanding regulatory and quality requirements. Many graduates in the STEM subjects, aiming at a career in industry, will work in or lead project teams. However, academic education pays little attention to these topics and academic research projects are very different from an industrial project setting. Hence, graduates are generally not familiar with the requirements when transitioning into industry.

This workshop is specifically designed to students, recent graduates and other interested persons with no or little experience in an industrial project setting. We will start by identifying the specific demands and requirements of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Specific terms and principles of project management will be introduced, and we will discuss different project management approaches and compare them (e.g. waterfall vs. agile methods).

Diving deeper into project management, we will discuss in several interactive examples how projects are set up and managed including the definition of scope, cost, timelines and required resources. Our results will be laid down in project documentation such as a project management plan. Project communication and the management of involved stakeholders – two areas, which are often neglected in projects – will also be part of this workshop. Finally, the participants will learn how to ensure project quality and identify and mitigate occurring project risks. During the whole workshop, the focus will be put on the specific characteristics of project management in a highly regulated environment and the future of project management will be outlined. Enough time will be planned to answer questions and give more in-depth explanations on real-life project situations.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have gotten a good impression of the requirements and skills needed to manage projects in a pharmaceutical or medical device setting. This will represent a clear advantage for students applying for a job in project manage­ment and facilitate the transition from academia into industry.

About the workshop leader:
Dr. Fabian Muttach studied Molecular Biotechnology at Heidelberg University with a focus on drug discovery. After graduating in 2014, he moved to the University of Münster where he obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 2018. His research interests focused on establishing enzymatic cascade reactions for the precise modification of nucleic acids. Afterwards, Dr. Fabian Muttach worked for Thescon, a medium-sized company offering consulting services in all areas of GxP-compliance, process and project management. During his work he gained in-depth experience in quality and project management of medium-sized companies as well as multinational corporations in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In 2021, Dr. Fabian Muttach joined Boehringer Ingelheim as a process manager. He is now responsible for various projects in the area of global pharmaceutical master data management.

always Thursday
each from 18:00 - 20:00 pm