The Pharma Mini MBA (London, United Kingdom - May 14-16, 2018)

  • ID: 4395103
  • Conference
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • 3 Days
  • Management Forum
  • Conference Dates: May 14-16, 2018
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A 3-day accelerated management programme, designed specifically for Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology professionals and also applicable Medical Device/Animal Health Industries, to give you the high- performance management skills of an MBA. This intensive course will help you to translate your learning into new behaviours and improvements in your capability and performance and will work through live issues impacting on the industry and on you directly. The individual and group exercises will focus on Bio/Pharmaceutical/Generic MBA case studies, and also on your own challegnes and examples. The case studies will help also give the ‘feel’ of a full MBA and help you understand more about the strategies used in todays Pharmaceutical and associated industries.

Please note that there will also be some case study reading to do each evening (approximately 35 mins)

Key benefits and why you and your organisation should invest in this programme:

  • Develop your understanding of the key techniques of an MBA to apply to your work
  • Gain a greater understanding of the pharma industry, its drivers, challenges and opportunities
  • Understand what strategic thinking is and how to use strategy tools within bio/pharma
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Become more effective in coping with and managing change in the bio/pharma industry
  • Enhance your understanding of the essentials of managing projects in the bio/pharma industry
  • Explore the benefits and costs of doing an MBA
  • Take away a Mini MBA toolkit to apply to your job
  • Discuss pharmaceutical industry case studies

Why you Should Attend

Working in the highly competitive Bio / Pharmaceutical Industry, with ever-increasing change and pressure, is probably one of the most challenging managerial roles of any Industry today. This course has been especially designed to help you transcend these challenges by training you to become equipped to see the bigger picture in all aspects of your role. It will help you build your management skills for the future and prepare you to fulfill your ambitions.

The Pharma 3 day Mini MBA accelerated management programme is a distillation of the most valuable parts of an MBA, as applied to the Bio/Pharmaceutical industry. It will provide you with practical management tools to apply in the workplace, as well as giving a real taste of an MBA course with the Pharmaceutical case studies from business schools

The skills you will improve include:-

  •     Problem solving
  •     Strategic thinking
  •     Seeing the bigger picture
  •     Leadership
  •     Decision making, priorisation
  •     Commercial awareness
  •     Change management
  •     Implementing strategy
  •     Team working
  •     Environmental awareness
  •     Project Management
  •     Cross-cultural communication
  •     Increased self confidence

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Programme Day One

09.00 Registration and coffee

09.30 Mini MBA Module 1

Strategic Thinking and Applying this in the Bio/Pharma Industry

  • What is strategic thinking and its importance in the bio/pharma industry?
  • Strategic analysis key tools
  • Understanding the competitive environment – using bio/pharma case studies
  • Applying the tools to your own context
  • More application of the tools – option grid
  • Obtaining the value out of strategy in the pharma industry
  • Portfolio management used in the bio/pharma industry

Programme Day Two

09.30 Mini MBA Module 2

Commercial Management and Leadership in the Bio/Pharma industry

  • Portfolio management used in the bio/pharma industry
  • Understanding business performance (pharma case study)
  • Diagnosing specific performance problem
  • Benefits, costs of doing an MBA and the different routes
  • The role of leadership

    What are the core competences of effective leaders?
    Leadership vs. management
    Leadership style

    Managing innovation in the pharmaceutical industry
    Hot Topics in Market Access

17.00 Close of day two

Programme Day Three

09.30 Mini MBA Module 3

Leading Change and Project Management in the Bio/Pharma Industry

Leading successful change

  • Diagnosis around change
  • How to create the conditions for successful change
  • Why people resist change and how to manage this
  • Change management (pharma case study in leading a structural reorganisation)
  • Creating a team, department and organisation relevant to today’s pharmaceutical business needs
  • Team formation and development

Essentials of managing projects

  • Project management tools and techniques to use in implementing pharmaceutical projects
  • Applying key project management techniques to pharmaceutical projects
  • How to manage in a matrix management environment
  • Understanding of cultural awareness to work more effectively with pharmaceutical colleagues

Managing Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry


Practical application/review

  • Personal development Action Plan to apply the learning within your own organisation
  • Revisiting your competency assessment – what has shifted
  • Recommended further reading
  • Practical application of tools (toolkit)

16.30 Close of day three

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  • Leela Barham Ms Leela Barham,
    Health Economist and Policy Expert ,
    Independent (Freelance)

    BSc (Economics), MSc (Health Economics)

    Leela Barham is an independent health economist and policy expert working on a freelance basis. This follows 7 years at a specialist economic consulting firm working in a small dedicated health and pharmaceutical team.

    She has more than 10 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry – both at home and abroad – and has worked for all stakeholders in the health care system ranging from patient organisations, the National Health Service, health insurers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

    She has particular expertise in public and patient involvement, Patient Access Schemes/risk sharing schemes, the Cancer Drugs Fund, policy on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), and the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS). She regularly writes on hot topics affecting the industry for Pharmaceutical Executive, Pharmaphorum and EyeforPharma and has also written for PharmaTimes, and Pharma Pricing and Reimbursement. She has also had her research published in peer review journals including The Patient and Pharmacoeconomics.

  • Nick Meadows Mr Nick Meadows,
    Consultant ,

    Nick Meadows has nearly 10 years of experience working in the life sciences industry as a management consultant, technology transfer analyst and medical research scientist.

    In 2016 he joined Strategy& (part of the PwC network) where he is supporting clients within the pharmaceutical industry address strategic and operational challenges in development and commercial functions. As a consultant he has managed engagements across research and development and commercial functions of the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry.

    In the past 5 years his work has spanned major transformational projects in clinical operations and research and development, to asset level strategy through direct engagement with program teams and commercial leads. In his former role at Kinapse (2011 – 2016) he led the market access service line where he supported clients optimise pricing and reimbursement outcomes for launching and development products.

    In addition he has collaborated with regulators, policy makers and healthcare practitioners to provide recommendations to accelerate the development of personalised medicines. He has also developed a deep understanding of the biosimilars landscape.

    He holds an MBA from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a PhD and BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

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A “must attend” for Professionals in the Bio / Pharmaceutical / Medical Device / Animal Health Industries wishing to develop their business management skills for more senior levels and beyond more technical skills. It will also help anyone thinking of studying for an MBA who would like an idea of what is involved. It is particularly beneficial to attend with a colleague to maximise the practical learning.

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Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Pl,
United Kingdom


The Rembrandt Hotel is located at 11 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2RS. The hotel’s location in central London couldn’t be better, whether you’re travelling for business or leisure. You’ll be right between two of London’s most fashionable areas – South Kensington and Knightsbridge – within walking distance of museums, theatres, Harrods and Hyde Park.

You can hop on the Tube at South Kensington and take the District, Circle or Piccadilly lines direct to the City of London, Heathrow Airport and all other areas of the city. Look out of your window and you may well see the Victoria and Albert Museum – it’s right across the street.

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