KanConf Returns This Summer! The 4th Event of the Series Is Here!

Iva Krasteva

Iva Krasteva

Content Creator Expert | Agile Practitioner | Kanban Certified

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Get ready to mark your calendars because we have an exciting announcement! Our KanConf series is back, and we can't wait to share the details of our next event before the summer rush hits!  

So, without further ado, we'd like to invite you to KanConf#4, which we'll be happy to host in less than a month! The exact date is June 7th, 2023.  

This time around, we are thrilled to delve into the successful implementation of Lean and Agile strategies by companies operating in heavily regulated environments such as pharma and biotech. 

What Is KanConf?

To all the newcomers, welcome! KanConf is the first-of-its-kind series of virtual mini-conferences that aims to bring industry experts together to discuss all things Lean & Agile!

In this KanConf edition, we've decided to take a perspective into Lean/Agile ways of working that are often ignored. Namely, what's their place in some of the most heavily regulated industries in the world? Can they even work there, given the strict processes that companies need to abide by?  

Our 4th KanConf event will provide a fresh perspective into this discussion through the lens of our carefully selected speaker with extensive knowledge in the Pharma and Biotech industries. 

How Did We Choose the Topic? 

We believe that Lean/Agile ways of working can thrive anywhere. Throughout our experience over the years with clients and partners, we've seen how Lean/Agile approaches can be implemented even in environments defined by heavy regulations. So, we will do our best to share this knowledge with you in our latest KanConf event. 

What's In It for You?

To do this, we've invited a team of expert panelists with experience in highly regulated industries such as Pharma & Biotech. We will talk about the most common challenges that companies in these fields face as our panelists will take the time to answer your questions and share their insights on: 

  • Managing multi-level project portfolios in highly regulated industries. 
  • Overcoming process improvement challenges in large organizations. 
  • The real outcomes of introducing Lean and/or Kanban in Pharma, Biotech, including the Healthcare sector in general. 

And just like in our previous events, you get the chance to participate in a live Q&A session.  

To strengthen our community, we've also started a new tradition called "networking train". It will help you easily connect with one another and continue the discussion offline. 

We also have a special welcome gift for those who subscribe to the event! You'll receive a complimentary copy of our brand-new whitepaper "Why Is Organizational Agility the Key for a Successful Digital Transformation?" as a token of our appreciation for your participation. Based on our extensive research, we talk about why organizational agility is a key component of digital transformation and business survivability for Pharmaceutical & Biotech companies. 

Who Will Join KanConf #4?

For a more holistic discussion, we provide a variety of viewpoints by inviting Lean consultants, an internal Product Development Director and a scholar with published articles on the subjects of Lean and Kanban in Pharma. We're happy to present to you our panelists: 

Martin Mikeln

Trusted Lean Consultant - Optimizing Performance & Solving Complex Problems

 With a background in electrical and electronics engineering in the field of automation and biomedical engineering, Martin is dedicated to solving complicated technical problems. Throughout his experience, Martin has been involved in designing complex systems in various fields, including, Biotechnology, IoT, fleet management, booking and ordering systems, e-commerce and medical space, AI, and genome sequencing software. 

Мarina Papalexi

PhD, MSc, MEng, FHEA Lecturer in Operations and Project Management at The Manchester Metropolitan University 

Marina Papalexi is a Lecturer in Operations and Project management and program leader for Operations and Supply Chain Management at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Marina has published articles in top international journals and authored numerous book chapters. Her research focuses on operations management improvement strategies, supply chain optimization, and innovation, adding valuable theoretical and empirical insights to complex delivery processes.

She has also been involved in research regarding quality management,  Internet of things, sport management, knowledge transfer and social media. She has presented her work at a number of international and national conferences, including EurOMA and BAM. Additionally, Marina has contributed and led in the implementation and execution of research projects, e.g. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) projects.  

Heliot Pedraza

Managing Partner at Lean Six Sigma Institute & Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Heliot is an Industrial Engineer from the Technological Institute of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, holder of a Master Black Belt Certification from the Lean Six Sigma Institute. He has over 10 years of experience implementing Lean Six Sigma in 70+ companies across Mexico and Latin America in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, food, logistics, and more.

Additionally, he has spent 7 years training personnel at Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt levels to drive economic results and cultural changes in organizations. As a Commercial manager of the state of Aguascalientes, Heliot is contributing to the opening of agreements for the universities and private industry of the state.

Juan Jose Borjon

Continuous Improvement Manager at Productos Farmacéuticos S.A. de C.V. "CHINOIN"

Biochemical Engineer and a Black Belt Master from the Lean Six Sigma Institute, Juan has been focusing on developing the skills of executive personnel. Throughout his over 20 years of experience, Juan has been helping to achieve process standardization, working on improvement projects with TPS, Kaizen and Lean Six Sigma Tools in the pharmaceutical domain with a focus on eliminating waste and increasing production capacity. Juan has also contributed to the implementation of the Lean Six Sigma Model throughout the organization.

We welcome you to share the event on social media with your colleagues, community members, and everyone interested in Lean and Agile. It will be worth it! 

We look forward to seeing you at the conference! 



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Iva Krasteva

Iva Krasteva

Content Creator Expert | Agile Practitioner | Kanban Certified

With a background in Intellectual Property, SEO, content writing, and training in Lean, Agile, and Kanban, Iva is an enthusiastic Agile practitioner who embraces collaboration and flexibility every step of the way. Driven by constant learning and knowledge and fascinated by people's creativity.