April 12, 2024

Smart Factory

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About the event

Join Life Science manufacturing experts at Epista's Smart Factory Roundtable

Time and place

April 12, 2024
9:00 am
4:00 pm
Missionsstr. 21
4055 Basel, Switzerland

Why you should join

Biopharmaceutical production demands expertise, precision, and speed, but managing such complexity with isolated systems is a growing challenge. This is where smart factories come in, transforming workflows through digitalization and automation. 

Are you struggling to gain traction with your digital transformation in pharma operations? Do you dream of a future where AI-powered smart factories streamline operations, optimize processes, ensure quality, and ease the adoption of regulatory best practices?

Join us for an exclusive Smart Factory Roundtable hosted by Hernan Vilas, Head of Manufacturing Operations at Epista Life Science.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with industry thought leaders like yourself & share insights across companies. What else can you expect?  


  • What does the factory of the future look like?   
  • BioPhorum Digital Plant Maturity Model (DPMM)  
  • How AI can revolutionize your operations 
  • “AI in pharmaceutical manufacturing”

Key Note Presentations

  • Michelangelo Canzoneri,  Global Head of Smart Manufacturing at Merck
    A seasoned leader in digital transformation, he fosters cross-sectoral collaboration and crafts unified strategies and roadmaps that are shaping thefuture of the manufacturing industry.
  • Thibaud Stoll, COO at Excelsus Structural Solutions (Swiss) AG
    He has a long history in biopharmaceutical operations at Lonza, Merck, Novartis, etc.
  • Viktor Mettler, Senior Engineering Director at Takeda
    Engineering Expert for 25+ years in the international pharmaceutical industry. The expert for Global Project Management and Plant Service Management, as well as comprehensive technical knowledge in Large and Small Molecules.

    Keynote topics:

    ISPE Workshop Pharma’s Digital Journey, Highlights and Directions
    Executive Summary of the road to a successful AI/ML implementation
    (Viktor Mettler)

    Unveiling the Smart Factory for Biopharmaceuticals:
    From Vision to Action
    (Thibaud Stoll)

    AI in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
    The journey from manufacturing to SMARTfacturing
    (Michelangelo Canzoneri)

    Roundtable Discussions:

    Roche Factory of the Future
    (Christian Hoferer & Arpan Suryawanshi)
    • The Roche approach to the factory of the future
    • Specific use case: ML-enabled visual inspection
    BioPhorum Digital Plant Maturity Model (DPMM)
    (James Colley)

    AI in Manufacturing: Impact on Compliance

Who should attend?

We address selected experts who are working in pharmaceutical production, quality control or supply chain. The event is reserved for professionals in Life Science organizations and registration is only accepted upon confirmation from Epista. If you know of someone who might be interested as well, please forward her/his contact data to us or send them the registration form by copying this link.

Note: To enable fruitful discussions, we are limiting the number of participants. We therefore recommend reserving your seat soon. 

If you have any questions, please send an email or give us a call at +45 4825 4500

Register for the Smart Factory Roundtable here

Keynote Speakers

Hernan Vilas

Head of Manufacturing Operations
Epista Life Science

Thibaud Stoll

Chief Operating Officer
Excelsus Structural Solutions AG

Michelangelo Canzonieri

Global Head of Group Smart Manufacturing

Viktor Mettler

Senior Engineering Director

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