IEEE Releases Findings from First Detailed Study of Blockchain Adoption in the Pharmaceutical Enterprise

Independent, comprehensive study examines barriers and benefits of adoption with pharmaceutical supply chain executives currently evaluating or testing the technology

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IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the upcoming publication of a report entitled: The State of Blockchain Adoption on the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. The independent study, a first-of-its-kind, examines the barriers and perceived benefits of adopting the technology with insights from industry executives currently exploring use cases or testing blockchain in their operations. The study cuts to the core of key protocol and process questions addressing barriers to advancing industry-wide consideration and adoption of the technology.

“This unique study further highlights IEEE’s commitment to better understand the pharmaceutical industry’s concerns with adopting new technologies in their heavily regulated and complex global supply chain operation,” said Tim Mackey, co-chair of the IEEE-SA’s Supply Chain/Clinical Trials Technology Implementation Industry Connections Program. “This formal evaluation of the challenges and benefits of blockchain is a valuable information resource for the IEEE, as well as regulators, technology developers and the industry, that further emphasizes a need for more awareness and education to help build consensus for standards development that advances enterprise adoption.”

The framework for the study originated with common themes unveiled at the first IEEE Pharma Supply Blockchain Forum, which took place on 6 June 2017 on the campus of John Hopkins University in Rockville, MD. Forum attendees included regulators and executives from manufacturers, wholesalers and dispensaries—key partners on the pharmaceutical supply chain—exploring how blockchain can optimize operations and better secure the supply chain to combat the rising epidemic of counterfeit medicine.

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The U.S.-based study reached 300 qualified executives familiar with blockchain applications on the pharmaceutical supply chain, and highlights the confidence level of trust amongst trusted partners in an autonomous, decentralized system, as well as exploring the dynamics of finance, data ownership and beneficiaries. The intended purpose of the study is to expose what is needed to increase confidence in the technology and advance its adoption to achieve the desired outcome of securing and optimizing the pharmaceutical supply chain, and ultimately improving upon patient care. More information regarding the study is available on IEEE’s blockchain website . The full report will be available for purchase in October 2017.

IEEE will be hosting a half-day workshop highlighting sections of the report on Day One of the HDA’s (Healthcare Distribution Alliance) 8th Annual Traceability Seminar to be held 8-10 November 2017 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel. See more information and/or register for this workshop.

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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