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Project Management for Pharma Professionals

The leading project management course designed specifically for the pharma/bio industries – also applicable to those working in medical devices and animal health *Includes:* Interactive workshop sessions

9-10 Dec 2021 + 4 more dates

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  • Format: Live online, Classroom
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion

Course Overview

Drug and device development is a complex process which needs effective project management. With ever-increasing pressures in the industry, the use of project management can provide essential tools and techniques and be a key factor in the successful completion of bringing a drug or medical device to market – as demonstrated by the FDA critical path initiative.

This interactive two-day course has been designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of both technical and interpersonal project management skills. You will be provided with an integrated project tool kit which can easily be used to improve the success of existing or future projects.

The programme will include a number of sessions where you will be able to apply some of the techniques to a simulated pharmaceutical case study as well as your own projects. You are therefore encouraged to bring a real project you are currently involved in or will be working on to which you can apply some of the concepts and techniques. There is no need to disclose any confidential information about your project.

Benefits of attending:

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of technical project management methodologies and techniques to apply to pharma/bio projects, including agile project management
  • Learn how to incorporate these project management processes into everyday working practices and your current projects
  • Understand how to blend together both the technical aspects of project management and the essential interpersonal skills
  • Discover how to build core competencies to become an even more effective project manager
  • Discuss how to get the best results in a project team environment

Aims and objectives

The objective of this course is to ensure you gain a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques of project management and discover how they can be applied straight away to your own pharma/bio or medical device projects. The programme has been specially designed to ensure that you:

  • Understand technical project management tools and techniques and can apply these to your work
  • Examine the competencies appropriate for an effective project manager
  • Identify the project critical path and use this information to assist in planning decisions
  • Gain a better understanding of the essential personal skills which are necessary to achieve project objectives

Who should attend

This course has been specifically designed to address the needs of pharma/bio professionals as well as those in the medical device and animal health industries.

The programme will benefit both newly appointed and established project team leaders/managers wishing to refresh or update their skills.

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The Project Management for Pharma Professionals course will cover:

What is a Project / Project Management in the pharma/bio industry?

  • Defining the key characteristics of project management and their importance to the bio/pharma industry
  • Using a project management process for improving the success of your own projects
  • Sharing experiences and lessons learned from previous bio/pharma projects

Setting clear project objectives and defining the scope of pharma/bio projects

  • Aligning the project objectives with the strategic and financial business objectives
  • Defining the result, the cost and the time
  • Understanding the importance of having an overall strategy for your projects

Detailed project planning of pharma/bio projects

  • Identifying the key project activities using a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Allocate responsibilities using the responsibility matrix
  • Planning a realistic schedule using Gantt analysis and setting clear milestones
  • Budget planning, Communication plan, Quality plan
  • Implementing risk management and contingency planning for your project
  • Experiences of project management software and tracking systems

Project implementation and control for your projects

  • Identifying the possible causes of problems in pharmaceutical/bio projects
  • Effective communication and how to manage stakeholders
  • Overcoming enablers and constraints of your projects
  • Implementing project control and reporting systems
  • Monitoring project activities and performance

Project review and closure

  • Close the project
  • Identifying the critical success factors and learning from mistakes

Pharma/bio leadership skills

  • Defining the role and skills of effective pharma project leaders
  • Improving your interpersonal skills as a leader

Motivate to achieve project milestones

  • Understand how to motivate different people and what motivates your project team
  • Completion of a self-evaluation questionnaire

Building pharma/bio project teams

  • How to modify your leadership style to get the best results in a project team environment
  • Building a high performance team

Project communication and cross-cultural communication skills

  • Effective communication and how to gain project buy-in
  • Preventing and overcoming misunderstandings and dealing with conflict
  • Communicating effectively with the project stakeholders including cross culturally

Project time management

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Laura Brown

Dr Laura Brown is an independent pharmaceutical project management and training consultant and Senior Lecturer for the MSc in Clinical Research at the School of Pharmacy, University of Cardiff. Laura has more than 20 years’ experience of managing projects in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked for several companies including GSK, Hoechst Marion Roussel, Good Clinical Research Practices and Phoenix International. Laura has completed an MBA, with specialisation in project management. She is also the external project management expert for a pharmaceutical e-learning MSc module in project management and the author of two books on the subject including the leading title, Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

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Book Project Management for Pharma Professionals Live online/Classroom training

9-10 Dec 2021

Live online

09:00-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+00)
10:00-18:00 Paris (UTC+01)
04:00-12:00 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 11141

  • GBP 799 999
  • EUR 1,119 1,399
  • USD 1,246 1,558

Until 04 Nov

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24-25 Mar 2022

Live online

09:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+00)
10:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+01)
05:30-13:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 11661

  • GBP 799 999
  • EUR 1,119 1,399
  • USD 1,246 1,558

Until 17 Feb

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20-21 Jun 2022

London venue TBC

00:00-00:00 UK (London)
Course code 11927

  • GBP 999 1,199
  • EUR 1,399 1,679
  • USD 1,558 1,870

Until 16 May

  • 2 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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8-9 Sep 2022

Live online

09:30-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:30-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
04:30-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 11688

  • GBP 799 999
  • EUR 1,119 1,399
  • USD 1,246 1,558

Until 04 Aug

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8-9 Dec 2022

London venue TBC

00:00-00:00 UK (London)
Course code 11928

  • GBP 999 1,199
  • EUR 1,399 1,679
  • USD 1,558 1,870

Until 03 Nov

  • 2 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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Reviews of IPI's Project Management for Pharma Professionals training course

Really clear and helpful. It was a very good training course

Sep 9 2021

Misha Ladva
Manager, PharmaLex UK Services Limited (Tring Office)

Sep 9 2021

Overall, I thought the webinar was very good. It was general enough where it could benefit everyone regardless of how much project management experience you had, but detailed enough to keep the interest of those with more project management experience.

Brian Spry
Project Manager, Fresenius Kabi USA

Sep 9 2021

I felt this webinar was very thorough with excellent content and exercises. The presenter was also excellent - well informed, competent and interesting.

Helen Carlile
Project Manager, Thirty Five Bio

Sep 9 2021

Precisely the content I was looking for, presented at an appropriate pace and delivered well by Dr. Brown.

Lyndon Marble
Syner-G Pharma Consulting, LLC

Sep 9 2021

Very nicely presented, organised but not boring at all. Thank you so much.

Sara Karbanova
PRO.MED.CS Praha a.s.

Dec 10 2020

The course was really complete and helpful. Practise exercises are really useful and the course is very interactive, so makes it more attractive.

Hector Perez-Montoyo
Director of Biological Research and Project Manager, Ability Pharmaceuticals SL

Dec 10 2020

Laura is great speaker and teacher. Unequivocally the best.

Kristyna Benediktova
Project Manager, Zentiva k.s.

Dec 9 2019

Laura Brown was really dynamic. She used good examples and support and I was pleasantly surprised to see a good interaction in the group.

Laura Champion
Principal Drug Product Development Scientist, MedinCell

Jul 1 2019

Laura is a brilliant trainer with a deep understanding and experience in Pharma industry.

Tomoe Felder
Manager, Clinical Excellence Operations, Clinical Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Jul 1 2019

The speaker definitely keeps your attention and makes it interesting – it is clear that she has been an expert in the field for years.

Elena Núñez
Pharmaceutical Development Manager, Takeda

Jul 1 2019

It was a good course, the speaker was knowledgeable, glad to come back with interesting templates and tools.

Anne-Lise Glotin
Project and CMO Manager, MEDINCELL

Jul 1 2019

A good speaker!

Allen Lee
Associate Director, PharmaEngine

Jul 1 2019

This course was very informative and covers all aspects of project management as well as personal leadership skills. It gave us many tools and advice to apply in our practice to be successful project manager. We had a very dynamic group, very international and with various background so it was very inspiring for the group exercises. Laura is a very good speaker and trainer, she gave good dynamics to the group.

Flore-Anne Mayne
Medical Information Specialist, Janssen Biologics

Jul 1 2019

Both the content and the speaker show a high level for the topic 'Pharma project management'.

Elena Núñez
Pharmaceutical Development Manager, Takeda

Jul 2 2018

Brilliant, well tailored and appropriate for all pharma professionals.

Kim Adams
Medical Adviser, Boehringer Ingelheim

Jul 2 2018

Laura delivered the training very well and made it both informative and enjoyable. Very good, very well delivered by Laura.

Claire Keatings
Portfolio Manager , Benchmark Animal Health

Dec 6 2018

Great training, with a seasoned speaker. Anecdotes are always a great way to learn.

Diane Sampson
Project Manager , ENYO Pharma

Dec 6 2018

Very good course to help new and experienced project managers in the pharma sector. The speaker is very knowledgeable and touches the more important points in this vas subject. The course is very interactive and motivating.

Hamidou Traore
Project Manager RA, Laboratoires SMB S.A.

Jul 2 2018

Very engaging - inclusive respectful of group pace. Fast paced at the end but not a problem as we have the notes.

Amanda Lewis
Project Manager, Ipsen Biopharm Ltd

Dec 6 2018

It was an overall good course

Maria Pereira
Research Scientist, PhD, Novo Nordisk A/S

Dec 11 2017

A very good starter course led by an experienced speaker with a good balance of lecture/workshops type seminars

Edward Dziadulewicz
Medical Science Liaison, Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Dec 11 2017

Great! Topped up my understanding and reminded me of long forgotten things

Andrew Dean
Regulatory Consultant, Apothecom Limited

Jul 6 2017

Really interesting to exchange with other people. Course very international. Work team exercise was really good to learn about PM.

Yordina Govinden
Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer, Sanofi Pasteur

Dec 11 2017

I enjoyed it

Evelyn Redondo
Logistics Manager, AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG

Dec 11 2017

Good overall summary of main items to consider for Project management. Good practice tools

Daniela Ferrari
Assistant Coordinator Foreign Registrations, Kedrion SpA

Dec 11 2017

Good speaker and presentation. I appreciated video and exercises

Michela Saisi
PMO Senior Specialist, Kedrion S.p.A

Jul 6 2017

Generally I was satisfied with the course. It enabled me to identify some field for improvements in my work and provided tools to achieve that.

Silvija Cindrić Katić
Project Manager - R&D Project Management, Xellia

Jul 6 2017

The course was very informative and gave us useful insights of the project management process / tools to employ in addition to team management ideas.

Constantina Chronopoulou
Regulatory Affairs Manager, Medochemie Ltd

Jul 6 2017

I think the course covered many aspects, not only project management but also communication and leadership behaviours. Laura is a very experienced and professional speaker and she shared many personal experiences which makes the course more interesting as well.

Karin Nordbladh
Clinical Research Manager, McNeil AB - A Johnson & Johnson Company

Jul 6 2017

Laura brought a lot of positive energy into the room, which helped to get through a very large number of slides. I enjoyed the course.

Thorsten Laux
International Project Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH

Dec 11 2017

Good especially the second day on soft skills

Sauro Bonellli
Scientist, Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Jul 4 2016

Well organised, great content, lots of reading and research materials

Aman Dhanoa
PV Administrator, Hospira UK Ltd

Jul 4 2016

Fantastic speaker. Highly recommend to persons who are/will be in charge of Project manger. Very well-organised presentation and introduce us various options to learn more by self-study.

Takatoshi Ozawa
Project Manager, Kowa Research Europe Ltd

Dec 8 2016

Overall good with a lot of information in a short time

Stina Lindman
Senior Scientist, Camurus AB

Dec 8 2016

Very useful course for both those with and without experience

Lisa Hughes
Deputy QPPV - PV Operations, Actavis UK Ltd

Jul 4 2016

A good overview of project management skills that allow you to consolidate knowledge you already have and a good taster for those who don't. The presentation was very professional using various media and the speaker was very engaging.

Susan Lau
Senior Regulatory Advisor, Subiaco Associates Ltd

Dec 8 2016

It was well delivered

William Hind
Pharmacology Projects Manager, GW Pharmaceuticals


  • 4D Pharma Plc
  • Actavis UK Ltd
  • Allergan UK Limited
  • Allergen
  • Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Apothecom Limited
  • Aptuit (Edinburgh) Limited
  • Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Auden McKenzie Group
  • Avecia Biotechnology Ltd
  • Baxter Healthcare Limited
  • Benchmark Animal Health
  • Bio Products Laboratory
  • Biogen Idec Ltd
  • Blue Earth Diagnostics
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Britannia pharmaceuticals
  • Britannia Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Britannia Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • Cancer Research UK-Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories
  • Carus Animal Health Limited
  • Celgene Europe Ltd
  • Chugai Pharma Europe Ltd
  • Clinical Professionals Ltd
  • Colonis Pharma Ltd
  • Dechra Ltd
  • Dermal Laboratories
  • Dermal Laboratories Ltd
  • DSTL
  • Durbin plc
  • Eisai
  • Elyx Bio
  • Encysive (UK) Ltd
  • EUSA Pharma
  • EusaPharma (Europe) Ltd
  • Ferring Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Ltd
  • Forest Laboratories UK Ltd
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • GW Pharma
  • GW Pharmaceuticals
  • GW Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • GW Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Hospira UK Limited
  • Hospira UK Ltd
  • IDEXX Laboratories
  • Immunocore Ltd
  • Indivior UK Limited
  • Ipsen Biopharm Ltd
  • Janssen Cilag Ltd
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Services EAME Ltd
  • Kowa Research Europe Ltd
  • Kyowa Hakko Kirin UK Limited
  • Laboratoires Leo
  • Leo Pharma
  • Lundbeck Limited
  • Management Forum Ltd
  • MGB Biopharma Limited
  • Miss Farah Butt
  • Moorfields Pharmaceuticals
  • Morningside Healthcare Limited
  • Mylan
  • Nanopharm Ltd
  • NDA Regulatory Science Ltd
  • Norgine
  • Norgine Ltd
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Nycomed UK Limited
  • OSI Pharmaceuticals (UK) Ltd
  • OSI prosidion
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd
  • Oxford BioTherapeutics
  • Pfizer
  • Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Ltd
  • Pfizer Limited
  • Pfizer Ltd
  • PharmaLex UK Services Limited (Tring Office)
  • PharmaLex UK Services Ltd
  • Proximagen Limited
  • Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
  • Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd
  • Reckitt Benckiser Ltd
  • Red Line Pharmacovigilance Ltd
  • Roche Products Ltd
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Segulah Consulting Limited
  • South Devon Healthcare NHSTrust
  • Special Products Ltd
  • Stiefel Laboratories
  • Subiaco Associates Ltd
  • Takeda Cambridge
  • Takeda Development Centre Europe Ltd
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Teva UK Limited
  • Teva UK Ltd
  • Thirty Five Bio
  • Torbay Pharmaceuticals
  • Vectura Group plc
  • Warner Chilcott UK Ltd
  • Waymade Plc


  • Vifor Pharma AG
  • Acino International AG
  • Acino Pharma AG
  • Actelion Pharmaceutical Ltd
  • AZAD Pharmaceutical Ingredients AG
  • Bayer BCC AG
  • Celgene R&D
  • Crucell Switzerland AG
  • DNDi
  • Ferring International Center SA
  • Frau
  • Geistlich Pharma AG
  • Glycovaxyn AG
  • GSK Consumer Healthcare
  • Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
  • Merck
  • MSD Werthenstein BioPharma
  • Mundipharma Laboratories GmbH
  • NBE-Therapeutics
  • Novartis Consumer Health SA
  • Novartis Pharma AG
  • Nycomed
  • Octapharma AG
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG
  • Tillotts Pharma AG
  • United BioSource Corporation
  • Vifor Pharma (International) Ltd
  • ViforPharma


  • Ares Trading SA
  • Ascendis Pharma GmbH
  • Bayer Pharma AG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
  • Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH & Co KG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Center GmbH & Co. KG
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH
  • Cheplapharm Arzneimittel GmbH
  • Grunenthal GmbH
  • Hexal AG
  • Klifovet A.G.
  • Merck Healthcare KGaA
  • MSD AH Innovation GmbH
  • Roche Diagnostics GmbH
  • Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
  • TRION Pharma GmbH
  • U3 Pharma AG


  • ALEXION Europe SAS
  • CEVA Sante Animale
  • ENYO Pharma
  • Intervet Pharma R&D
  • Laboratoires Fournier SA
  • MDS Pharma Services
  • MedinCell
  • Poxel
  • Synerveto
  • Technologie Servier
  • Unither Developement Bordeaux


  • Artu Biologicals NV
  • Astellas
  • Astellas B.V
  • Beaphar BV
  • Boehringer Ingelheim BV
  • Dechra
  • Genzyme Europe BV
  • Janssen Biologics
  • Janssen Biologics BV
  • Pharmachemie BV
  • Sanquin
  • Synthon Biopharmaceuticals
  • University Medical Center Groningen


  • ArGEN-X
  • EyeD
  • EyeD Pharma
  • Genae Associates NV
  • GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
  • Laboratoires SMB S.A.
  • PhaRA BV


  • Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A
  • Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.
  • Chiesi Farmaceutici SPA
  • GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines & Diagnostics s.r.l.
  • Kedrion S.p.A
  • Kedrion SpA
  • Menarini Ricerche
  • Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Srl
  • Zambon Spa


  • Cambrex Karlskoga AB
  • Camurus AB
  • Fresenius Kabi AB
  • Hansa Medical AB
  • McNeil AB - A Johnson & Johnson Company
  • Medicines Company (Sweden) AB
  • Resistentia Pharmaceuticals AB


  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S
  • H. Lundbeck A/S
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Novo Nordisk AS
  • Takeda Pharma A/S


  • Alkermes Pharma Ireland Ltd
  • Henkel Ireland Limited
  • Merrion Pharmaceuticals
  • Mylan
  • Real Regulatory Ltd


  • Ability Pharmaceuticals SL
  • Laboratorios Leti SL Unipersonal
  • Leti
  • Rovi Contract Manufacturing S.L.
  • Takeda

United States of America

  • AstraZeneca
  • Estonian National Institute for Health Development
  • Fresenius Kabi USA
  • Syner-G Pharma Consultants
  • Syner-G Pharma Consulting, LLC

Czech Republic

  • Arriello Group
  • Pro-Med CS Praha AS
  • PRO.MED.CS Praha a.s.
  • Zentiva k.s.


  • Arsanis Biosciences GmbH
  • Hookipa Biotech GmbH
  • HOOKIPA Pharma Inc.


  • Fermion Oy
  • Santen Oy
  • Vetcare Oy


  • ImmunoBrain Checkpoint
  • Kahr Medical Ltd.
  • PolyPid Ltd.


  • Pronova BioPharma Norge AS
  • Sanivo Pharma
  • Weifa AS


  • Stada Pharmdevelopment LLC
  • Voyage Tour LLC


  • Pliva Croatia Limited
  • Xellia


  • EGIS Pharmaceuticals PLC
  • TEVA Gyogyszergyer Zrt


  • Septodont / Novocol Healthcare Inc.


  • Medochemie Ltd


  • Pharmathen S.A.

New Zealand

  • Ancare Scientific Ltd


  • ZF Polpharma SA



Saudi Arabia

  • Abdulsalam Mohammed Abdulrahman


  • LEK Pharmaceuticals d.d.


  • PharmaEngine


  • Boehringer Ingelheim Ilaç Tic. A.S.

United Arab Emirates

  • Pfizer Gulf FZ LLC

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