Introduction: Putting Your Best Face Forward

Apr 03, 2008
By Pharmaceutical Executive Editors

Marylyn Donahue
If meetings are the face of pharma, then putting on a good face these days means meetings that are compliant, secure, and cost conscious without skimping on quality. Inside this issue of Pharmaceutical Executive Pharma Meetings, we tell you how to pull it off.

Compliant Healthcare compliance laws and security standards are changing the shape of meetings. Getting it right is easier when the host site speaks your language—pharma, that is. Few meetings destinations are as pharma fluent as Puerto Rico. Home to 60 pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, the island has a thriving meetings and conventions industry spurred by a spectacular new convention center and a convention bureau that offers free, one-stop shopping to meeting planners (see "Pharma Spoken Here"). Pharma is also spoken at a hotel chain owned by KSL, which gives a required course to executives and staff alike on what makes a pharma meeting different (see "Being Pharma Fluent").

Secure Off-site meetings involve hidden risks. Do you know what they are? Test your convergence IQ (see "How Safe Are Your Meetings?").

Cost conscious A meetings management program can save money, but what happens when it is applied globally? Three big pharma companies have come up with some solutions (see "They Do Things Differently Over There: Meetings Management Without Borders").

Marylyn Donahue is Pharmaceutical Executive's special projects editor. She can be reached at

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