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Pharmaceutical Industry Network Group

The Pharmaceutical Industry Network Group (PING)

PING is a networking group for people across the pharmaceutical supply chain to share best practice, ideas and generally help each other during a time of great change.

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Who attends PING?

Attendees range from suppliers to pharmacists, including:

  • prescription-based suppliers
  • OTC suppliers
  • generics suppliers
  • manufacturers
  • wholesalers
  • logistics
  • orphan drugs
  • named patient suppliers
  • comparator drug suppliers
  • specials suppliers
  • exporters and importers
  • regulatory advisers
  • pharma researchers
  • clinical trial statisticians
  • market access consultants
  • pharma data consultants

Who runs PING?

Paul Gershlick of VWV, supported by the Watford Chamber of Commerce, Watford Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. All have the objective of enhancing the region as a centre of excellence and facilitating the spread of good industry practice.

How much does PING cost?

Usually nothing, but for some events there is a limited charge. Other than that, membership and attendance is free, but strictly by invitation only.

When and where does PING meet?

PING is based around Watford. Members who attend the quarterly roundtable meetings are from Watford, Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. Those events typically have 25 people, coming from different parts of the industry, making for a great mix and discussions from different angles. There are bigger annual seminars, attended by people from around the country and further afield. In addition, there is a PING HR Forum attended by people with HR roles in the sector to discuss issues facing them.

Annual PING seminars

These PING seminars are typically attended by about 100 people from across the industry to hear presentations on hot topics affecting the industry. The gatherings make for useful networking opportunities. Past seminars have been on:

  • the future of pharma, by Professor Brian Smith
  • Parliament’s answer to the supply shortage crisis, by Sir Kevin Barron MP
  • who’s who in the new NHS – speakers from pioneering CCGs, HWBs and AHSNs
  • 2020 pharma – from vision to decision, by Jo Pisani and Stephen Aherne at PwC
  • medicine adherence – with speakers from Proteus and behavioural specialists, Hamell
  • navigating the NHS maze - with speakers from NICE, MAP BioPharma Limited and DigitalHealth.London

For more information about the Pharmaceutical Industry Network Group (PING), please contact Paul Gershlick on 01923 919 320.

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