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What is this event about?

Portfolio planning is crucial for developing long-term company strategy.  The goal is to select the “best” portfolio of internal and external drug development program for funding, align company strategy with available resources, including money, manpower and manufacturing capacity and mitigate portfolio risk.  Building in strategic risk scenarios into portfolio planning can buffer the organization against the unexpected. Examples might be clinical trial failure, shifts in the marketplace or insufficient resource capacity. How to build in strategic risk into long-term portfolio planning? How to align portfolio value, resources, and risk? How to protect your profits against unexpected events?  How to simulate and analyze variety of risk mitigation strategies? This workshop covers various portfolio planning tools and techniques with a focus on strategic risk management.

Key Questions to Be Addressed:

• How to align strategic goals and available resources?
• What strategic risks company should be prepared for?
• How to incorporate risk in portfolio planning?
• What tools could be used for portfolio planning to analyze portfolio selection, capacity planning and risk management? 
• How to simulate risk mitigation strategies?

Who is leading the event?

Vladimir Shnaydman, Ph.D, is President of ORBee Consulting. Vladimir has BS & MS Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MS in Applied Mathematics & Operations Research, and Ph.D. in Engineering. He contributed to many industries such as biotechnology, computer networking, data storages, water resources planning and management, telecommunications, transportation, and others. Dr. Shnaydman published more than 50 papers. He is co-author of three books.


Who should attend this workshop?

Heads of Department, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders Researchers and Scientists from:

  • Project Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Portfoio Strategy

Why you should attend this workshop

Portfolio planning is critical for developing company strategy.

Due to complexity of the problem, advanced tools based on Decision Science need to be applied. The workshop host will provide analysis of different tools and techniques and share an approach which could effectively address the broad spectrum of questions in portfolio planning.  


Workshop programme

13:30 Registration

14:00 Welcome & Introductions

14:10 Portfolio optimization (portfolio selection, alignment of strategic goals and resources)

14:45 Risk and uncertainty in portfolio planning

15:45 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Portfolio simulation for risk assessment and analysis of risk mitigation strategies

17:00 How both optimization and simulation can work together to generate optimal portfolio?

17:30 Close of Workshop


The Grange Holborn Hotel

50-60 Southampton Row
London WC1B 4AR
United Kingdom

The Grange Holborn Hotel



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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