Lunchtime Workshops


Working with Sites and Proposing Standard Practices to Optimize Therapeutic Delivery and Patient Care
Thursday October 29, 12.30pm-2.00pm EDT | 9.30am-11.00am PDT

alexandra gomez blurbird
mike blankenstein adaptimmune

Workshop Leaders

Alexandra Gomez

Associate Director Patient Services Operations

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Mike Blankenstein

Senior Director, Patient Supply Operations


  • Developing an operations organization to ensure supply chains are centred around the patient’s needs
  • Sharing practical experience in patient management and scheduling for seamless vein-to-vein delivery
  • Understanding patient needs and developing clinical pathways to ensure best standards of delivery and care
  • Streamlining communication between manufacturers and clinical sites
  • Developing a clear roadmap to describe the necessary skill sets for the cell therapy delivery workforce in manufacturing and supply chain teams
  • Differentiating product service to maintain high standards of delivery


Scaling up Supply Chains to Meet Demand for Cell Immunotherapies
Friday October 30, 12.30pm-2.00pm EDT | 9.30am-11.00am PDT

david boodey

Workshop Leader

David Boodey

Head of Supply Chain

Adaptimmune Therapeutics

  • Forecasting the demand of cell immunotherapies on the monthly and yearly scale and outlining steps to scale up supply chains effectively
  • Adapting supply chains to integrate technical innovations as they emerge
  • Managing the ‘math’ of scaling up supply chains including material, capacity, human and transport requirements
  • Building operational frameworks and structuring departments as cell therapy production scales up
  • Managing scheduling effectively with increased patient numbers