Chain 76 Philly

Pharmaceuticals, supply chain, and blockchain

OCTOBER 11 & 12, 2018
WeWork 1900 Market Street

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A Philadelphia conference and hands-on workshop focused on

pharmaceuticals, supply chain, and blockchain


Attendees are coming from the following companies: Ernst & Young, Celgene, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, IBM, FedEx, Accenture, Doctrina, AstraZeneca.

Chain 76 has no Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrencies or fundraising. We are a professional and technical discussion for existing supply chain and healthcare businesses that are implementing blockchain (and are hiring).

What to expect at Chain 76

  • Review pain points for pharmaceutical companies in logistic, economic and regulatory functions that can be disrupted with new technology.
  • Blockchain technology demos. Proof-of-concept projects and new products coming to market.
  • Learn about blockchain. Everyone learns and deploys their own smart contract onto the blockchain. This is a rare skill, so be prepared to update your resume!
  • Networking. This is a focused gathering and you have direct opportunities to meet the speakers. We are all here to learn.


Additional speakers to be announced... Apply as a Speaker ⟶

Perkins Coie attorney, Kyle Wood advises technology clients, from startups to FORTUNE 100 companies, on an array of technology transactions and privacy matters, with a particular emphasis on blockchain technology. As an active member of our Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group, Kyle represents clients in launching commercial platforms powered by blockchain show more... tokens and counseled teams through their initial coin offerings (ICOs) process by offering regulatory guidance and corporate advice in engineering domestic and international corporate structures. Recent clients have included companies in such industries as decentralized advertising, cloud storage, eSports, motion picture distribution and virtual reality imaging.

Kyle Wood
Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

Perkins Coie healthcare technology attorney Randy Peak is an active member of the firm’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency and Life Sciences & Healthcare industry groups. Randy’s practice focuses on representing clients in matters involving healthcare, life sciences, technology and privacy issues, with particular emphasis in the areas of digital health, show more... clinical labs, healthcare supply chain and healthcare data privacy. A former general counsel for an internationally recognized health system and deputy general counsel for a leading healthcare supply chain and data analytics company, Randy has over two decades of experience providing strategic legal counsel to healthcare and technology innovators and industry leaders in their efforts to operationalize, commercialize and leverage innovative technologies.

Randy Peak
Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

James Canterbury is a Partner working with EY’s Advisory practice where he is part of the global blockchain team, and a leader within Risk Advisory focused on Life Sciences regulatory quality and compliance. He helps his clients understand new technologies and how they might be applied to solve real-world problems. show more... Specifically for blockchain he works to educate clients on the new technology and designs solutions to capitalize on the benefits of a blockchain network when designing efficient, transparent, and trusted solutions. He has 14 years of experience helping biopharma companies find innovative answers to the challenges created by operating in a highly regulated industry. Before blockchain he primarily managed projects that span from interpreting FDA regulations to privacy & security to financial controls James holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He currently sits on the board of the NJ chapter of ISPE, is part of the GAMP Americas steering committee, and leads the GAMP blockchain SIG.

James Canterbury
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Ron has 30+ years of experience as a strategic, results-oriented supply chain professional with high-level business vision and P&L operating experience leading a global business. He has a track record of success aligning supply chain and IT initiatives with primary business objectives show more... to create efficiencies and cost reductions. He is effective in a team environment, with broad knowledge of key business processes including procurement, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, import, export and customer service. Ron is now working on applying blockchain to the pharmaceutical chain with a focus on product provenance and cold supply chain.

Ron Keegan
Owner, Keegan Consulting, LLC

Nithin Eapen is a crypto-evangelist and Chief Investment Officer at Arcadia Crypto Ventures. Besides taking care of the family office crypto portfolio, he is an advisory board member to multiple icos, trader, and investor. He is the creator of the Belpointe Crypto Index (Bloomberg Ticker: CRYPTO) and holds a degree in Engineering show more... from The Wright State University in Ohio as well as a Masters in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Arcadia, Nithin was the founder and President of Chance River Technology, a boutique Software Services provider firm based in Stamford, CT. Nithin held a series 7, 3 and 63, while at UBS where he worked as a market maker in exotic equity derivatives. Prior to trading, Nithin was a developer and built trading systems at UBS, RBS and Bank of America. Alongside dabbling in digital assets, Nithin enjoys playing poker, is an avid squash player and a movie buff. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and five children.

Nithin Eapen
Chief Investment Officer, Arcadia Crypto Ventures

Cody is the Managing Partner of XRAM Capital, a long-only fundamental crypto asset investment company. He is the CTO for FourPark Blockchain, a crypto-asset venture based on the ERC-721 standard he co-authored. He is also the founder and project lead for Multinode, a hardware/software based solution for the distributed internet. He is also a founder of Rawhide, a fractional livestockshow more... management company. More recently, he founded the North Texas Blockchain Alliance, one of the largest blockchain organizations in the world, with over 1,000 members and 30 companies represented. Prior to his involvement in blockchain and crypto assets, he worked as systems engineer, security analyst, and software developer. He had short stints with the NSA, Dell Computer, and Texas A&M University before he began working on his own projects. He helped pioneer the coworking concept in 2006, Hashtags in 2007.

Cody Marx Bailey
Managing Partner, XRAM Capital

Mark Treshock is IBM’s Global Leader for Blockchain Solutions in Healthcare and Life Sciences. Mark has spent his career helping companies and their customers benefit from digital transformation, and is passionate about Blockchain’s potential to transform industries He has presented on how Blockchain and Analytics can bring transparency the pharmaceutical supply chain show more... and combat the opioid crisis to the Office of American Innovation and the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House, and on Capitol Hill. Mark lives in New York and has a MBA from Cornell, a MS in Computer Science from Columbia University, a MPS in Interactive Media from New York University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Treshock
Global Blockchain Solutions Leader, Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM

Dale Chrystie is Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist, domiciled in Memphis, Tennessee. Dale's career in transportation began more than 30 years ago at Con-way, Inc. From there, he joined American Freightways, which would eventually become FedEx Freight. In addition to his work leading the first proof of concept at FedEx using Blockchain technology, he has extensive experience in Strategy, Quality, Process Improvement, Portfolio Management, Human Resources, show more... Operations, Sales, Education, Risk, and Standards Development. He represents FedEx on the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Standards board, the Memphis Family Safety Center board, and is a member of the Blockchain Research Institute. Dale holds a degree in education from the University of Arkansas, with an emphasis in teaching adults. In his spare time, Dale enjoys riding and racing bicycles. He and his wife Gayle have two grown children, Teague and Taryn.

Dale A. Chrystie
Business Fellow, Blockchain Strategist, FedEx

Nate Rush was introduced to blockchain technology during Ethereum's Great DAO Debacle of 2016. He quickly became obsessed with Proof of Stake and began contributing to various Ethereum research projects. Currently, he works on a branch of research called Correct-by-construction Casper, show more... a family of consensus protocols that are particularly well-suited to Proof of Stake efforts. He is excited to learn and explore future improvements to blockchain safety and scalability.

Nate Rush
Researcher, uPort; Co-president, Penn Blockchain Club

Florian has been a privacy advocate throughout his career. Entrepreneur with a global investing and advisory track record (over 30 tech investments, including Weebly, Pixowl, Gorgias, Open Garden, and Florian co-founded Labotec, Global Roaming (NASDAQ), OMC, and CLEARS show more... (BlockChain Identity Clearing). Holding a Masters from Tel Aviv University, Florian is guiding strategy with a deep understanding of market dynamics across web and mobile and a personal passion to solve information overload.

Florian Seroussi
Chairman, BICRA

Sumeet started his career at a regional distributor as head of special projects. He moved on to take an executive role at another regional, mid-size pharmaceutical distributor. With the 2015 implementation of the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), Sumeet gained expertise in the Federal Law show more... as he led the implementation and creation of processes and systems for the full-line pharmaceutical distributor. Sumeet founded his first start-up in 2014; OpenRX, a described “Amazon” for pharmaceuticals, was sold to an operating private equity firm just 12 months after inception.

Sumeet Singh
President, Five Rivers RX

Mike McCoy is a Blockchain Implementation Manager at Accenture working on numerous projects with enterprise companies and non-profits in the United States and around the world. Previously with ConsenSys, Mike worked in developing blockchain startups through strategic growth, protocol development and market show more... intel capacities. In his work, he believes there are different blockchain solutions for specific industry verticals and decentralization takes more of a philosophical approach to the way societies interact, rather focusing solely on the technology point-of-view. The Philadelphia native has published curriculum with YCenter called "Blockchain for Global Impact" and he is also the Executive Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence unveiling this winter.

Mike McCoy
Blockchain Implementation Manager, Accenture

Andrew's practice is a hybrid of regulatory compliance legal services for blockchain businesses as well as consulting at all stages of platform growth. The regulatory compliance focuses mostly on securities and banking regulations, e.g., any compliance dealing with SEC or FinCEN. This can start as early as pre-formation show more... where a company is determining the best jurisdiction to form in. It also encompasses providing contractual, privacy, and partnership agreements... really any contractual documents relating to the business. Bull does GDPR compliance, and documents relating to a public or private offering at the state and federal level, e.g., Reg D filings. The consulting side focuses more on platform development, or decisions regarding which blockchain to build on.

Anrdew Bull
Founder, Bull Blockchain Law LLC

William Entriken is the lead author of ERC-721 a technical standard for tracking physical objects on the blockchain which has received unanimous support from the Ethereum community and has been deployed by dozens of companies. show more... William has presented before the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers, Blockchain Special Interest Group and also consults for companies in the supply chain to combat supply chain and product fraud.

William Entriken
Lead Author, ERC-721


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Topics will include technology demos of blockchain solutions for pharma supply chain problems, a review of the current maturity of blockchain technology and a discussion of top problems to solve for supply chain. Specific talks are still being fuled. Email us at to apply as a speaker.

Thursday Oct 11

The business day

09:00Opening comments
09:15Presentations (main hall)
  • Cold Chain, Chain of Custody from Manufacture to Delivery -- Ron Keegan
  • Blockchain Reliance for GxP Systems - What Regulators will Likely Need to Know. -- James Canterbury
  • Distributed Applications With Untrusted Partners / Trust and Pharma on the Blockchain / Open Source Development Philosophy / Bug Bounties -- Nithin Eapen
  • Using Blockchain for DSCSA Compliance and Beyond -- Mark Treshock
13:00Talk tracks: (main hall)
  • Laws and Regulations Impacting the Blockchain -- Florian Seroussi
  • Life Sciences Panel Discussion, Healthcare Regulation and New Technology -- Andrew Bull (moderator), Kyle Wood, Randy Peak, Mike McCoy, Sumeet Singh
  • Anecdotal Lessons of Putting Assets on the Chain -- Cody Marx Bailey
  • Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Regulation Framework Overview -- Sumeet Singh
  • Fraud, Shrinkage, Authenticity and Other Target Issues
  • Timestamping Documents
17:30Happy hour (TBA)

During the main events, vendor booths will be presented in the back hall

Friday Oct 12

The technical day

09:00Opening comments
09:15Development session. Everybody in the room will deploy their own Solidity smart contract by the time you leave the room. This is a great crash course for the technically minded. This is the same class we hosted in Hong Kong and New York, and Philly. -- William Entriken
13:30Talk tracks (main hall) (TBA)
  • How A Secure Chain of Custody Can Change The World -- Dale Chrystie
  • Setting up Blockchain/IoT Experiments - Using Raspberry Pis to Build a Blockchain from Scratch -- James Canterbury
  • Blockchain Scalability Approaches/Challenges, Proof of Stake -- Nate Rush
  • Recording transactions
  • The non-fungible token approach
  • The bill of lading approach
15:00Presentations (main hall) (TBA)
  • Use cases
  • Hardware connected to the blockchain / scanners / IoT
17:30Happy hour (TBA)

During the main events, vendor booths will be presented in the back hall


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Lunch included, 2-day pass

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Lunch included

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