3 day Masterclass




London, 3-5 Dec 2018


The course will deliver a wide range introduction covering all aspects of vaccines – their research, development, manufacture, commercial aspects and the impact of this in both the developed and developing world.

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expand your knowledge

Acquire an understanding of the entire human vaccine industry

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learn in depth

Understand the interplay of the pharmaceutical industry, Governments and NGOs, in both the developed and developing world

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Feel confident in the past, present and future of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines


The 3 Day Masterclass in Vaccines will provide a complete primer and understanding of vaccines, allowing you to explore all the critical issues and challenges in the global vaccines industry.

Gain an insight into current issues, industry terminology, operational challenges, legal and regulatory requirements and vaccines in the market place. At the end of the three days, you’ll be able to better position your organisation to compete effectively in today’s fast changing environment.

In just 3 days you will:

  • Gain an overview of the vaccines in the market today
  • Understand the commercial dynamics of the industry
  • Examine the role of NGOs in the developing world
  • Learn about the Research & Development Process
  • Understand all aspects of manufacturing, regulatory and release
  • Discuss emerging diseases
  • Evaluate new technology
  • Get to grips with what will dominate the next decade

Organisations that will benefit:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Biotech Companies
  • Vaccine Companies
  • Suppliers
  • CROs
  • SMOs
  • CMOs
  • Banks & Investors
  • Drug Diagnostic Providers
  • Platform Technology
  • OEMs/Equipment Manufacturers
  • Government Organisations
  • Research Institutions

Who will attend:

  • C-Level Executives
  • New Entrants to Pharma Industry
  • Senior Managers
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Procurement
  • Distribution
  • Drug Delivery
  • Business Development & Sales
  • Marketing
  • Researchers & Scientists

Course Agenda

  • Big Picture
  • Speed Networking
  • The science of vaccines – a basic introduction
  • Prophylactic or therapeutic
  • Types of vaccines
  • Mode of action
  • Routes of administration
  • Immunology in 5 minutes
  • The world market for vaccines
  • Evolution of the market for vaccines and predictions for the future
  • Regional variations in demand
  • Key products and their regional relevance
  • Europe and Asia are not single markets
  • Quiz: The world of vaccines - Part 1
  • The key commercial players
  • Market attractiveness, evolution, and future growth
  • Evolution of the big five by acquisition and their dominance
  • How do their strategies differ
  • Established regional players
  • Emerging companies
  • Role of university and academia
  • Case study: A US/European vaccine joint venture
  • The role of government
  • The role of recommendation and how it is achieved
  • Who is the decision maker – physician or patient?
  • The positive and negative impact of patient groups
  • Gates Foundation, UNICEF and GAVI
  • Workshop: your new HPV vaccine is now in phase three – how would you ensure that it is bought by a Government?
  • Promotion of vaccines
  • The evolution of activity with the stage of vaccine development
  • The roles of the sales force
  • Governmental affairs
  • Information services
  • Key opinion leaders
  • Research and development
  • Principles of candidate selection
  • Sources of products
  • Pre-clinical testing
  • Phases of clinical development
  • Impact of scale-up challenges
  • Workshop
  • Registration, quality control and batch release
  • Registration files
  • QC – what it can (and cannot) show
  • Evolution of batch release with product life cycle
  • Timing batch release to product supply
  • The FDA, EMA and WHO prequalification
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Manufacturing and lead times
  • Modular production
  • Bottlenecks
  • Influenza – a specific case
  • The importance of presentation
  • Wholesale and retail distribution
  • Challenges of the cold chain
  • Workshop
  • Legal
  • Compensation schemes
  • Patient information
  • Distributor contracts
  • Governmental contracts
  • US law applies outside the US
  • Social responsibility
  • How can the industry balance world health with shareholder return?
  • Workshop
  • Global threats and the value of vaccines
  • Pandemic influenza (swine and bird flu) – the industry response
  • Anthrax
  • SARS
  • HIV
  • Other threats
  • Disasters and crises
  • A review of the times when things haven’t gone right and what we can learn from these
  • Workshop: The daily press reports a story that a child has suffered an adverse reaction to your vaccine – the facts are very unclear and the child’s illness is probably unrelated to the vaccine – prepare your management plan.
  • Evolving markets
  • Japan
  • The Third World
  • India
  • China
  • Workshop: Global product allocation
  • New technologies
  • DNA approaches
  • Adjuvants
  • Delivery systems
  • Mucosal vaccines
  • VLPs
  • Therapeutic and cancer vaccines
  • Therapeutic or prophylactic?
  • Current status
  • Vaccines in the pipeline
  • The future
  • The next ten years
  • A review of the vaccine pipeline
  • Reality or south sea bubble?
  • Quiz
  • Wrap

For further information please call: +44 (0)207 092 1045

  • “My only regret is not having taken this course ten years ago.”

    - ETSI, Chief Technology Officer

  • “It took me by surprise, and it was worth the money.”

    - Exp Marketing Nigeria Limited, Managing Director

  • “Well prepared course.”

    - Union Medico, Chief Executive Officer

  • “Very well, I liked the case studies they were short (which is good) but quite useful.”

    - European Investment Bank, Life Sciences Economist

  • “Very engaging sessions so much that the day goes very fast.”

    - Sanofi Pasteur, Project Leader

  • “Very well, material was up to date and informative.”

    - TOKU-E, Sales Manager


We can come to you too! If you have a team of six or more, why not hold a private course? Our experts come to you and the course is tailored to your requirements.

Call +44 (0)20 7092 1045 (United Kingdom)
or emma-jane.dinan@terrapinn.com (Asia Pacific)
for more details


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