Life Sciences Forum 2017: Our Chairman’s Remarks: Michael Herepath It was a privilege and a pleasure for me to moderate this year’s EPP Life Science forum, and my thanks to EPP and their partners, to our first-class presenters and to all our engaged and enthusiastic participants for making this 7th forum such a great success. This …
Life Sciences Forum 2017: Our Chairman’s Remarks: Michael Herepath
It was a privilege and a pleasure for me to moderate this year’s EPP Life Science forum, and my thanks to EPP and their partners, to our first-class presenters and to all our engaged and enthusiastic participants for making this 7th forum such a great success. This year’s theme ‘Pricing for Value’ resonated very strongly with all who attended, and stimulated lots of high quality discussion and ideas sharing among the participants from both pharma and MedTech.
The quality of the plenary presentations, the panel discussions and the dedicated pharma and MedTech breakout sessions was particularly high, with industry leaders from across the globe tackling the key pricing issues facing life sciences today. These ranged from the role of pricing in value-based healthcare, through the out of pocket challenges of the emerging markets and the most effective ways to manage tendering, innovative contracting and using advanced data analytics, right through to harnessing the power of machine learning in pricing and contracting and how to successfully commercialize a pricing strategy.
Having been challenged to make the most of this learning opportunity that had been developed by pricing specialists for pricing specialists, it was so rewarding to see how actively everyone got engaged throughout the event, with lots of great probing questions and challenges for the presenters, many thought-provoking comments and points of discussion in the panel discussions and breakout groups, and loads of sharing of information, ideas and experiences during the coffee and lunch breaks and during the very enjoyable dinner event at Montrerux’ historic Museum Club. It was also great to see how the forum provided a golden opportunity for old colleagues and professional acquaintances to catch up, and for all the participants to make new contacts and grow their networks.
We began the forum by everyone making a note of what he or she wanted to take away from the event. From the feedback we’ve received so far, it’s clear that the vast majority of participants’ learning needs and expectations for the event were met and, in many cases, surpassed, with many participants declaring that the forum had been another great success and that they were looking forward to coming again next year. I look forward to joining them!