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Accelerating Product Development: Advanced Project Planning Strategies

September 15, 2021 | 12-3pm ET

About this Course

Project development efforts constantly struggle to meet ever increasing time to market, quality and cost objectives. Many projects must also solve new and unexpected problems throughout their development. Tufts Center for Study of Drug Development’s Accelerating product development: Advanced Project Planning Strategies is an interactive course that will teach participants how to apply advanced planning strategies to optimize their development plans or to meet unique or unexpected challenges.

We will study the components of standard drug development reference models including the use of three level project planning techniques. From there we will explore advanced planning approaches aimed at reducing development cycle times and costs or addressing unexpected development challenges or problems. Planning frameworks and methodologies will include:

  • Accelerating time to First in Human (FIH), for new and unprecedented drug candidate
  • Reducing time to Proof of Concept (POC)

  • Decision Driven Project Planning

  • Resource Limited Project Planning

  • Approaches for aligning project and functional strategies to accelerate development

  • Strategies for shifting activities to reduce investments in high risk candidates

  • Tools and techniques to accelerate decision making and reduce review times.

Each course will be 3 hours in duration and limited to 20 participants to allow for significant engagement and networking opportunities. To provide additional support for applying course lessons at work, we will schedule “Virtual Office Hours” two weeks after the course. This will allow participants to share success stories, gain additional insights and discuss some of their most pressing challenges with peers and instructors.

Regular Rate


Group Rates

Available for groups of 3 or more

Course Facilitator

Robert Franco, PhD

Course Facilitator President, Coe Point Associates LLC

With over 24 years of consulting experience, Dr. Franco led PwC’s Pharmaceutical R&D practice where he specialized in improving pharmaceutical drug development, technology transfer, clinical trial operations, and manufacturing. Dr. Franco has worked with the senior management of several large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, NGOs, and multinational organizations to implement complex change management initiatives to improve growth, reduce costs, and remediate quality and regulatory issues. Dr. Franco has eight management consulting articles, 13 technical publications, and three patents to his name and has served on several international technical review and regulatory standards committees. He has a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in biochemistry from the University of Rochester.


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