Ep. 66: MediLedger Supply Chain Network – Susanne Somerville (CEO Chronicled)
Susanne Somerville is the CEO of Chronicled, founded in 2014 with the hopes of building the ultimate enterprise blockchain platform. And more recently in 2017 she founded the Mediledger Network, one of the largest and most active healthcare/blockchain consortiums. Current working group members and partners include Genentech, Gilead, Bayer, Pfizer, PWC, SAP, Deloitte, IQVIA, GS1, Walmart and more. Susanne is trailblazing a path for pharma companies to use blockchain tech in a way that will improve their supply chain operations and revenue management processes.
•Introduction of Susanne’s background
•Journey from ChemE to Pharma supply chain to blockchain
•Origins of Chronicled and Mediledger – value proposition, problem statement
•How is COVID19 impacting healthcare supply chains?
•Most challenging Supply Chain problems fit for DLT – data entry, track and tracing, temperature monitoring, fraud, counterfeits
•What responsibilities does Chronicled have as the custodian of the MediLedger network?
•Industry Standards – GS1 and HIBCC (Health Industry Business Communications Council) database
•Customer mapping process and how different trading partners can align interests
•Does Mediledger need blockchain? Why?
•“It’s like putting your own private embassy behind your trading partners firewall” on the benefits of blockchain for multi-party data exchange
•Chronicled Products – Product Verification / Contracts and Chargebacks
•Network stakeholders – Healthcare providers, GPOs (Group purchasing organization), Manufacturers, distributors
•Technical specifications (architecture) of Chronicled network
•Permisssioned Blockchain protocol – Substrate/Parity Tech Stack
•Node participation and governance
•FDA DSCSA pilot experience and learnings from regulators
•Managing between data transparency and privacy
•Chronicled team and culture around privacy and security
•Industry Partners and concept traction – existing partners and pilot projects
•Can you describe the competitive landscape and any direct competitors to your business?
•Platform/Ecosystem roadmap 2020 and beyond
•Favorite book – Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
•What do you believe in that most people would disagree with?
•Who’s your favorite US president of all time?
•How are you handling with the physical distancing measures?
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