Antonio Buendia

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Novartis Pharma AG
Global Head Automation Pharma Division
Mr. Buendia is currently Project Engineering Manager, Alcobendas (SPAIN), Eli Lilly and Company. He has more than 15 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in the areas of project management, facilities master planning, facilities and utilities design, solid dosage, liquid dosage, R&D labs (basic chemistry and biological), automation technology and qualification of facilities, utilities and equipment. He has played a key role in seamlessly transforming Alcobendas plant into a reliable, competitive and flexible plant capable to manage complexity related to product supply and new products launching. The project portfolio included Japan manufacturing capability, new forming areas, and packaging expansion by 300%, without disturbing operations.

Mr. Buendia previously served as Chair of the ISPE Spain affiliate since Jan 08. The Affiliate was founded in late 2006 and he and the Steering Committee have consolidated and thrusted the association, doubling the members, developing an intensive events calendar recognized as "high quality" events, creating local COPs and establishing sound relations with Spanish Health authorities.

Mr. Buendia holds a Master in Engineering from the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain.