RFID in Pharmaceutical Discovery

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A ChainLink eLearning Workshop – Last in a Series of Four


RFID in Pharmaceutical Discovery

A ChainLink eLearning Workshop
Last in a Series of Four

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
12:00-1:30 EDT (9:00-10:30 PDT)

Carla Reed

Tuition: $149


This is fourth and the last in a series of four eLearning workshops on the use of RFID across the end-to-end Life Sciences and Healthcare industries. As a pre-requisite for this workshop, the user should have foundational knowledge of RFID and its use in healthcare, which can be obtained by attending the first elearning workshop “RFID in Healthcare and Life Sciences“.

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech manufacturers – Research and Development Personnel
  • RFID Vendors- wireless technology providers, middleware vendors
  • Software/Solution Providers Companies – across the medical spectrum
  • Contract Research Organizations
  • Suppliers of goods and services in the Lifesciences industry
  • Government, Policy and Trade Associations

Because it is all about managing risk and saving lives


RFID in the Discovery Process

It is estimated that research and development for each new drug costs an average of $800 million. One of the most important steps in the discovery and development process is clinical trials – an area frequently outsourced to Contract Research Organizations (CROs).

Current processes and procedures are prone to errors and inefficiencies – an area of opportunity where the introduction of RFID can streamline processes while creating a digital audit trail. This workshop will review the use of RFID and related technologies across the discovery and development process, from initial research to FDA approval and pre-marketing.

This workshop will explore in more detail how the combination of RFID and network technologies can be utilized to provide better management and control across the Discovery and Approval Process, to the include the following areas:


  • Review of the Principles of RFID
  • Key Issues in the Discovery Process
  • The use of RFID in Clinical Trials
  • Getting Started – things to consider

During this 90 minute workshop participants will obtain an understanding of the following:


  • Supplier selection and management
  • Material tracking – inbound and through out each process
  • Chain of custody within the total process
  • Testing and results – detailed tracking and supplier/product/results integration

Clinical Trials

  • Identification of placebo versus active products
  • Tracking of all steps when sent to clinical trial agency
  • Tracking results and making association to product


  • Documenting and tracking of all steps for the FDA submission
  • Use of RFID to support documentation
  • Benefits and potential issues

Getting Started – things to consider

  • Evaluate environment/players/ risks and benefits
  • Identify system requirements – current and future information system interface points
  • Lifecycle management issues – data required/time to retain/associated data systems
  • Detailed planning – tags, readers, frequencies, middleware and data requirements
  • Education and change management – prior to implementation as well as post implementation

This is the final workshop in a series of four. The first session provides a high level overview of the use of RFID in Healthcare and Lifesciences, while the following workshops review each of the following processes in more depth: Supply Chain and Cold Chain, and Clinical Environment.

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