PharmaConnect Africa Conference 2019

Theme: Reliance and worksharing – lessons for Africa

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Main conference: 3 & 4 April 2019
Cannabis Symposium: 5 April 2019
Venue: GLENHOVE, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Theme: RELIANCE & WORKSHARING – LESSONS FOR AFRICA

Registration ends 23 March
Late Registration ends 29 March
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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The theme for the main conference (3 – 4 April 2019) is Reliance and Worksharing – lessons for Africa. The conference will discuss how reliance and worksharing models can be developed for use in general but with a particular focus on biological and biosimilar medicines.
The WHO has recognized the need for regulatory collaboration (often called reliance) in order to avoid duplication of work among regulators and thus ensure timely patient access to safe and effective therapeutic products. Reliance results in reducing the workload of regulators leading to more efficient use of limited resources to address greater complexity of issues in medicine regulation. Reliance may be achieved by information and/or work-sharing and mutual recognition of assessment and inspection results through a variety of mutual recognition agreements and national legislation.
Increasingly African regulators are taking up reliance and worksharing models especially with regards to the assessment of complex medicines, such as biological and biosimilar medicines where they have little capacity and technical expertise. PharmaConnect Africa 2019 will tackle the issue of reliance and worksharing in Africa giving both industry and regulators perspectives.

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

This year the symposium to beheld on the 5th of April 2019 will address the topic Developing the Medical Cannabis Industry in Africa.
There is a buzz about medical cannabis which is sweeping across (Southern) Africa, as elsewhere in Western Europe and North America. The marijuana plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine.
Medicinal cannabis, or medicinal marijuana, is an emerging promising global industry but with still many legal, ethical, and societal controversies. The growing, therapeutic use, safe administration, and adverse health consequences all represent some of the complexities associated with this treatment.
The emergence of interest in botanical medicinal cannabis is an opportunity for African countries to turn this into a legitimate and well-regulated forex earner. To do this there is a need to build capacity from farm to bedside. The symposium will be an opportunity to hear from regulators, legal, agriculture, pharmaceutical and medical experts on how to build and sustain a medical cannabis industry in Africa.
The conference and symposium will follow a roundtable format with plenary speakers and discussants for each of the thematic area, followed by Q&A sessions. We have found that this engenders important dialogue.

DRAFT PROGRAMME

Day 1 (3 April)

Day 2 (4 April)

Day 3 (5 April)

Regulatory

Moderator – Dr Judy Coates
(PSSASG)

Education and Training

Moderator –Mr  Vivian
Frittelli (GBMSA)

Medical Cannabis

Moderator – Prof David
Katerere (TUT)

Reliance
& Worksharing – Lessons for Africa

Relying
on others, stretching resources

WHO
rep – TBA

New
SAHPRA, New Pathways

Mabatane
Davis Mahlatji (SAHPRA)

Zazibona
Reliance Victories

Farai
Masekela (Zazibona / MCAZ)

Industry
Experience

David
Gibbons (Roche)

 

Biologicals
& Biosimilars

ICGEB
Innovation in Biosimilars

Dr
Natasa Skoko (ICGEB, Italy)

 

SAHPRA
Approach to Biosimilars

Dr
Henry Leng (SAHPRA advisor)

Biosmilar
Market Trends – the ones to watch

Randall
Crisp (Clarivate)

 

The
Global Medical Cannabis Business

The Medical Cannabis in Europe

Marco Cappiello (Enecta, Italy) via skype

Is
South Africa Falling Behind?
Griffith
Molewa (SAHPRA)

 

Medical
Cannabis in Lesotho – Lessons from the Mountains

Prof
Sunny Aiyuk (NUL)

Growing
weed – what is the science?

Dr
Ashwell Ndlela (ARC)

Medical
Cannabis Business – another bubble?

Randall
Crisp (Clarivate)

INFO SESSION:

Re-engineering
SAHPRA: A Status Report

Dr
Alice Sigobodhla (SAHPRA)

 

Reliance
– what it means us

Patient
Group presentation

 

Biosimilar and us

Patient
Group presentation

 

Medical cannabis in
Cancer management

Patient
Group presentation

 

Clinical Trials

Local Pharmaceutical
Production

 

 

Worksharing
in RCT Reviews

SAHPRA
rep – TBA

 

Lessons
from the East  Africa

Eng.
Jennifer Gache (EAC)

 

Industry
Perspectives

TBA

 

 

Beyond the
buzz: Critical   requirements for a successful technology transfer

Dr Paul Nkansah (US)

Tech
transfer experiences in South Africa…are we winning?

Dr
Skhumbuzo Ngozwana (Kiara Health)

 

EAC Regional Pharmaceutical Plan of Action – Lesson to be
Learnt

Eng.
Jennifer Gache (EAC)

 

The
Biovac Experience – the long walk

Sandra
Lambert

 

TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS

Research presentations relevant to the main conference and the symposium are hereby invited. Abstracts for scientific poster and oral presentations (12 min) from researchers and students can be submitted to the secretariat for consideration by the Scientific Committee.

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

TIER 1 R50 000 – BENEFITS
Three delegates admission at conference (both days)
One exhibition stand with one exhibitor
Company logo on conference website and book of abstracts
Promotional material in conference bag
TIER 2 R30 000 – BENEFITS
One exhibition stand with one exhibitor
Company logo in conference website and book of abstracts

WEBSITE ADVERTISING ONLY R3 500
Logo placement in transition slide
Logo placement on the website immediately upon request and 2 months post-conference.

EXHIBITION PACKAGES
Early bird registration (ends 5 March 2019) – R9,900 (includes 2 delegates)
Late registration (up to 15th March 2019)– R14,500 (includes 2 delegates)

Stands are allocated strictly on the basis of first come, first served. Exhibition stands are 6sqm and will be located in the venue where all refreshments and lunches will be served. The floor plan will be finalized a week before the conference. Exhibitors will be contacted in order of bookings received to confirm their preferred stand and specific requirements.

IMPORTANT DATES

Please bear the following dates in mind:

Registration (by 23 March 2019) Delegate Exhibitor
(includes 2 delegate)
Main conference + Symposium (3 days) R4,200 R11,900
Main Conference only (2 days) R3,900
Day registration only R2,100
Late registration (ends 29th March 2019) Delegate Exhibitor
(includes 2 delegate)
Main conference + Symposium (3 days) R5,500 R15,500
Main Conference only (2 days) R4,500
Day registration only R2,500 R5,200
On-site registration (one day) R3,900

NB. 5% surcharge on card payments at venue