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Project Management for Pharmaceutical Professionals

The Biopharmaceutical industry faces increasing pressure to research, develop and bring drugs to market in shorter timescales and within tighter budgets. This requires project-based skills outside one’s functional role including a different set of technical and interpersonal skills that can be applied to Biopharmaceutical projects. The FDA Critical Path initiative is also impacting on the importance of using project management for running Biopharmaceutical projects. We offer a great opportunity to share experiences and best practice with other Biopharmaceutical industry professionals. Participants are encouraged to bring a current real project to the programme to which they can apply the concepts and techniques, thus reaping the benefits immediately and enhancing the learning experience.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

We have created a programme that will introduce you to the skills, tools and the methodologies essential to the successful planning and controlling of projects. Of particular focus will be the development of your own people management and interpersonal skills required to deliver performance on projects at all levels. The course is driven by practical experience and your needs, giving you the opportunity to immediately apply your new understandings and skills to your own projects.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed to address the needs of pharmaceutical professionals, biopharmaceutical professionals and those working for generic companies and who are, or will be, involved in pharmaceutical projects. The programme will be of benefit to both newly appointed project team leaders/managers as well as project team members aspiring to be project leaders. Participants are encouraged to bring a current real project to the programme to which they can apply the concepts and techniques, thus reaping the benefits immediately and enhancing the learning experience.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Project Definition and scope in the Biopharmaceutical Industry
• Setting clear project objectives and conditions for success
• Project Management Methodology
• Discuss the scope of the project management job and role differences in the pharma industry
• The importance of establishing the project strategy, objective and terms of reference
• Examining the project life cycle and the phases of the project
• Defining the specific challenges the Biopharmaceutical industry faces in running projects

Group Exercise: Sharing experiences and lessons learned from previous Biopharmaceutical projects

Case study:  Analysis of pharma drug project which failed to realise potential and what can be learnt

Detailed Project Planning of Biopharmaceutical projects
• Key project activities using a work breakdown structure for Biopharmaceutical projects
• Allocating project responsibilities
• Gantt chart and critical path/critical chain project analysis
• Risk Management in Biopharmaceutical projects

Group Exercise: Project planning

Project Management Implementation and Control
• Tracking deliverables and reporting progress in Biopharmaceutical projects
• Monitoring project activities and performance

Group exercise: Implementation factors

Project Closure for Biopharmaceutical projects
• Project review
• Measuring success and project effectiveness in pharmaceutical projects

Exercise: Applying project effectiveness measuring tools

 BioPharmaceutical Project Leadership skills
• How to develop your project management leadership skills applicable for the Biopharmaceutical industry
• Leading geographically remote/virtual project teams

Case study:  Pharmaceutical leader

Exercise: Working on leadership competences 

Building Pharmaceutical Project Teams
• Building a high performing team
• Modifying your management style to get the best results in a project team environment
• Motivating project team members to ensure project milestones are achieved

Group exercise: Working with team development tools and techniques

Project Communication Skills
• Preparing a stakeholder list of key project members
• Stakeholder analysis: Understanding stakeholder agendas and expectations
• Communicating effectively with the project stakeholders including cross culturally
• Developing influencing skills to gain project buy-in, commitment and support

Exercise: Stakeholder analysis

Opportunity for Take away
Q & A

Benefits to you

• Applying technical project management methodologies, tools and techniques to apply to Biopharmaceutical projects
• Building core competencies to become an even more effective project manager and leader for Biopharmaceutical projects
• Understanding how to blend together both the technical aspects of project management and the essential interpersonal skills
• Improving your communication skills to manage projects to achieve project objectives
• Building and managing effective project teams for successful Biopharmaceutical project
• Provide delegates with a foundation of project management tools and techniques to maximise the efficiency and success of their Biopharma projects

Companies already benefiting include:

MERCK • ViscoFan • Ipsen • Laboratories Thea • Boehringer Ingelheim • GSK • Sanofi • Teva Pharmaceutical • Basic Pharma Group • Bayer

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3057, or by email at

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