FORMER AMAZON.COM’s EXECUTIVE ENVISIONS TRANSFORMATION IN LIFE SCIENCES SUPPLY CHAIN
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Calabasas, CA, July 24, 2018 : The Bio Supply Management Alliance ( BSMA) has recognized that disruptive technologies are shifting the Tectonic plates of distribution of products and services of Life Sciences and brave visionaries are beginning to make strategic decisions for the transformation. The industry challenge will be addressed by Neil Ackerman , the Senior Director of Global Supply Chain Enterprise Planning and Innovation for Johnson and Johnson , at the 11th Annual Conference of BSMA in Foster City (CA) on October 11, 2018 . Titled “Global Supply Chain Management: The Game Changing Reality for Strategic Profit” , the former executive of amazon.com will highlight the ongoing transformation of global supply chain, accelerated by digitalization. The evolution of the supply chain from a clunky, reactive, operational process into a strategic profit driver, woven deep within the fabric of Life Sciences is imminent.

Devendra Mishra , Executive Director of BSMA , observed, “This reality of the emerging marketplace is being witnessed with Amazon s acquisition of prescription-drug supply chain company PillPack, its inroads made with the largest medical records companies, current selling of medical supplies and equipment to clinics and hospitals, and formation of a healthcare company for their 1.2 million employees with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to take on the problem of rising employee health-benefits costs.” . He continued to remark, “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods , coupled with its robust and secure Cloud Service (AWS), promises to disrupt the supply chain of Life Science. Amazon also forged key partnerships years ago with some of the largest U.S. distributors, like Cardinal Health . It has partnered with Merck to deploy voice technologies and has challenged Alexa developers to create skills to help people with diabetes manage their condition. Hospitals across the country are experimenting with Alexa for things like helping surgeons create check lists or sharing vital important with patients. We are in the vortex of an evolution and BSMA is determined to be a change agent.”
Mr. Neil Ackerman is the Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Enterprise Planning and Innovation, for Johnson and Johnson across all segments including Pharmaceuticals, Biomedical Devices and Consumer Products. He is responsible for accelerating supply chain innovation and enablement of advanced planning processes and technologies worldwide. His team is critical in bringing value based prototyping to life within Johnson and Johnson and beyond.
 
Prior to this role, Neil held various positions at Amazon.com, including Strategy Head for Fulfillment By Amazon and the General Manager and Inventor of the Amazon Small and Light global program. Most recently, he was the Global Director of Integrated Supply Chain, eCommerce strategy and technology innovation at Mondelez International, one of the world’s largest snack companies. He is an expert on eCommerce and supply chain innovations.
 
Neil holds 10 US patents and has been quoted, interviewed and written about in WSJ, Bloomberg, Inc., Forbes, Business Week, and CNBC. Neil is a winner of the prestigious Amazon.com “Just Do It” Award and was a Distinguished Visitor for the US Navy in 2016. He is a graduate of University of Richmond, UVA and MIT, and he holds a PMP, MBA and MS.
BSMA - Driving Innovation in the Life Sciences Supply Chain

Since its inception in 2007, BSMA is a global organization that fosters Innovation and Adoption of disruptive technologies within the end-to-end supply chain of the Life Sciences industry. With offices in California (USA), Brussels (Belgium) and Mumbai (India), BSMA promotes collaboration and networking between professionals of the biotech, pharmaceutical, academic and medical diagnostics enterprises. The Alliance partners with industry, academia, foundations, suppliers, technology enablers, research institutions, trade organizations and the government to improve productivity, quality, product and service integrity, risk mitigation, managerial talent development and patient care globally. It is also the home of start-up companies engaged in business development and scale up.  
   
CONTACT: Devendra Mishra