CPhI Worldwide

When? 09/10/2018 - 11/10/2018
Where? IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Spain

The world’s leading pharmaceutical platform

CPhI Worldwide 2018 returns in what has been a particularly successful year for pharma. In an age of renewed pharmaceutical innovation, 2017 saw a record 46 FDA approvals, and as an industry we’re well on target to reach forty plus approvals again this year. In Europe, it’s a particularly exciting time for those in the biopharma industry. The continent has seen the approval of two novel gene therapies – Yascarta and Alofisel – in 2018 already, heralding the arrival of a time when cell and gene therapy will be regularly used to meet profound unmet needs. As such, we’re especially excited to open our doors this year to our colleagues in the bioprocessing community with our new, bio-focused event, bioLIVE.
In this dynamic environment, there is great confidence within the industry around short and medium term prospects, but central to this are the partnerships which provide the backbone of the pharma industry. CPhI Worldwide provides an opportunity to come together and focus on the latest trends, technologies and insights. Above all else, it is a platform for the industry to drive forward new partnerships, do business and grow.” 
Orhan Caglayan – Brand Director, CPhI Worldwide

Event Overview and Highlights

After the triumphant events of last year, CPhI Worldwide will return on the 9-11th October 2018, at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Spain. The forum returns to see distinguished pharma execs from all over the world come together for three days of collaboration, information dissemination and discussions that will shape the future of the industry.  Building on last year’s success, which saw a record 45,000 senior pharma professionals in attendance, CPhI Worldwide 2018 will host 2500+ exhibitors in 20 easy-to-find zones covering the entire supply chain – from ingredients, APIs, excipients, to contract services, packaging, machinery and more.
CPhI’s practical one-to-one matchmaking programme, Live Pharma Connect, allows attendees to connect with exhibitors online before the event, and facilitates meetings on the day – ensuring that key connections can be established.
Away from the pharmaceutical ingredients hall, attendees will also have access to co-located events, allowing them to easily locate exhibitors who are ready to meet their business needs:
  • ICSE connects the pharmaceutical community with contract service providers – with representatives from clinical trials services, logistics providers, data management, CROs and CDMOs. Jim Miller, former President of Pharm Source, will present on the outlook of CDMOs and consider the “what ifs” the industry faces in the next 5 years.
  • InnoPack allows buyers to investigate the newest innovations in pharma packaging solutions, including anti-tempering devices, drug-stable barrier solutions and single dose applicator systems. An indispensable workshop, run by Victor Bell, president of EPI- Global environmental packaging & product stewardship consultants, will discuss today’s common packaging goals and how companies are taking actions to meet them – with a particular focus on overcoming the sustainability crisis.
P-MEC Europe features international exhibitors and manufacturers from pharmaceutical equipment companies focused on instrumental analysis, measuring and testing technologies, materials testing, laboratory and quality control.

Finished Dosage Formulation (FDF) brings together every aspect of the finished dosage supply chain, from Big Pharma and CMO to in/out licensing and dossier specialists.

Introducing… bioLIVE

In a year that has seen rapid advancements in the biologics field, UBM will host pioneers from the bio-industry – including top industry execs, R&D’s innovative thinkers and bio-service providers – at a new event adjacent to CPhI Worldwide, bioLIVE. Industry thought-leaders will exhibit their most ground-breaking ideas and technologies, ready to grow partnerships in the most efficient way.
Focused on examining the intersections between business and biotech, bioLIVE will also host special sessions on the potential roles of AI, the emergence of cell and gene therapies, and the bioprocessing and biomanufacturing innovations that are shaping the industry. Of particular interest, we will welcome representatives from the NIBRT, who will speak on tackling the work force shortage – a challenge which presents significant hurdles to innovation in the bio-industry.
Beyond the exhibition’s attendees will have access to the latest pharma news in the media gallery. A series of Pharma Insight Briefings will provide a go-to space for pharmaceutical professionals looking to explore emerging therapeutic areas and new business opportunities.
Meanwhile, a snap-shot of the most interesting, innovative products coming to the market can be found in the Innovation Gallery. For a more in-depth look, register for an Innovation Tour, where the CPhI exhibition floor will be explained with inside information on API selection and successful generic formulation development.
A Country Pavillion Roundtable (Tuesday, 9th October) will provide attendees with the opportunity to network and discuss issues surrounding import and export strategy, regulation, industry growth, new markets and the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical market across the globe. The half-day round tables will be chaired by UBM representatives and will be followed by a press briefing and networking opportunities – making this an invaluable opportunity to learn about and integrate in to target markets.
The CPhI’s Women in Leadership Forum (Wednesday, 10th October) will return for the 5th year, in what has been described by attendees as a “wonderful opportunity to think outside of the box, in an industry dominated by men”. For the first time, men will also be welcomed to join their female colleagues at this event to facilitate conversation around how men and women can work together to diversify pharma.
Additionally, CPhI will this year play host to the Big Data & Machine Learning Summit – Europe (Wednesday, October 10th) in collaboration with The Innovation Enterprise. Covering key topics such as the role of big data in the supply chain and analytics in drug development and discovery, this conference will bring together the most forward-thinking researchers and data scientists to discuss their latest findings. 
Following the incredible success and popularity of last year’s awards, a greatly expanded CPhI Pharma Awards Gala Dinner (Tuesday, October 9th) will take place in a glitzy ceremony at the Eurostar Madrid Tower, with 500 influential pharma guests expected. Among the most famed accolades in the pharma industry, former winners of the CPhI Awards feature a “who’s who” of pharma executives.

Reflecting the ongoing work of CPhI to provide opportunities to learn about new trends, business insights and prospects, the eagerly anticipated CPhI Annual Report will launch its 6th edition following this year’s CPhI worldwide event. This highly-regarded report will include a collection of essays from industry experts on the hottest topics and most pressing issues.
CPhI image.jpg
As always, the report will include the results of this year’s CPhI Global Pharma Index which this year will include questions on the up-and-coming bio-industry. Attendees are encouraged to submit their answers to the survey here ( prior to the event to enable CPhI to provide the most accurate and beneficial information in the report.

Finally, we are striving to encourage our partners to follow corporate social responsibility practices, and this year our official charity partner is the International Medical Corps UK. The International Medical Corp delivers life saving healthcare in emergencies for people affected by disaster or conflictTo learn more about our charity packages, please visit

Hosted in the landscape of one of Europe’s burgeoning biotech and pharma hubs CPhI Worldwide promises to be an unmissable opportunity to discover the latest and most innovative advancements, catch up with old contacts and form vital new partnerships that will push the industry to the next level.
Register online for CPhI Worldwide 2018 at:
Please note that free registration for the event closes on 9th September 2018.