Keynote Speaker 2016

Packaging Reliablity Engineering – a global efficiency journey

In this role Oliver focusses primarily on the performance of the Pharma packaging lines on a global level in order to meet the challenges of Global Pharma Operations (GPO) organization. He works intensively with the site teams in order to drive best practice sharing, build necessary skills and implement optimized and standardized technical improvements. Oliver is an industrial engineer by education and joined Merck in 2014 to lead the major investment of a new packaging center for pharma in Darmstadt. Prior he joined Merck, Oliver worked for eight years in P&G Pharmaceuticals / Warner Chilcott, developing different engineering roles as Packaging Engineer, Technical Project Leader and Site Engineering Manager.

Using Weibull Analysis to Determine Optimal Calibration Intervals

Ron Reimer is currently Eli Lilly and Company’s senior reliability engineer.  He developed Eli Lilly’s global reliability program along with metrics and standards.  Previously to this assignment, he was the Engineering Director at Lilly’s largest bulk manufacturing plant, where his plant was awarded the Engineering Site of the Year by the President of Manufacturing.  Ron also worked in other various leadership assignments in Engineering, Operations, and Maintenance.  Ron has been with Eli Lilly and Company for 26 years.  Prior to joining Eli Lilly, he was a nuclear submarine officer in the United States Navy.  He recently retired as Captain after serving a combined 30 years of active and reserve duty.  He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Systems Engineering and he also earned an MBA from City University in Seattle, Washington.  He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Reliability Engineer from the American Society for Quality, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional from the Society of Maintenance of Reliability Professionals.

Outsourcing of facilities services

Gary Knapick, PE is the Associate Director for Facilities & Utilities at the Bristol-Myers Squibb biologics manufacturing facility in Syracuse, NY.  Current responsibilities include facilities management, site infrastructure, energy conservation, and contract management for the site’s integrated facilities management (IFM) provider.  Prior roles at BMS and Wyeth have included maintenance/reliability, validation, process engineering, and capital project management.  His experience includes application of lean/kaizen methods, reliability transformation, contract manufacturing support, consent decree remediation, and several pre-approval inspections.

Knapick served on the steering team for the BMS Reliability Excellence (Rx) initiative and as a delegate to the BioPhorum Operations Group (BPOG) maintenance and reliability consortium.  He has earned Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) credentials from SMRP and AMP, respectively.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering, a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), and a New York State professional engineering license.  In 2013, he was recognized as the BMS Reliability Excellence Leader of the Year.

Aging facilities

March 2014-today Director, Head of technical Department at Ferring Pharmaceuticals
November 2012-March 2014 Engineering Manager at Protalix Biotherapeutics
2011-2012 Senior project manager - Engineering Expert at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
2002-2011 Project Manager at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
1995-2001 Maintenance manager at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
1991-1994 Critical systems manager at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.


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