Manufacturing Leadership Council Presents:

Merck Plant Tour & Executive Roundtable

Theme: Manufacturing Innovation and the Digital Journey

November 28-29, 2017

Durham, NC

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Merck Plant Tour Details

The Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing is a state-of-the-art facility in northern Durham, North Carolina. Nestled among the trees in Treyburn Corporate Park, the modern, "green" facility is Merck's response to a growing vaccine business. Construction of the site began in 2004, with a vaccine formulation and filling manufacturing facility, warehouse, energy center and office building. Since then an additional vaccine formulation and filling manufacturing facility, a vaccine bulk manufacturing facility and a release laboratory have been completed.

The Hilleman Center manufactures childhood vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox, as well as the adult vaccine for shingles. The 900,000+ square foot facility is a key part of Merck's vaccine strategy to ensure we have the long-term supply capabilities to meet the worldwide public health needs for the vaccines we manufacture. An empowered, team based culture provides our employees with the opportunity to be part of decision making processes that impact their work and instills a level of pride and ownership in what we do every day to save and improve lives.

The facility was built from the ground up with technology, knowing that our success is based on the quality of the data we produce just as much as the quality of the products we bring to the market. Attend this plant tour, which will be followed by an executive roundtable discussion on Manufacturing Innovation and the Digital Journey, and walk away with actionable insights, including:

  • How Quality is designed into the process by using technology as an enforcer/enabler
  • How data is made available at all points in the process to drive real-time decision making
  • How automation decisions have been made to balance efficiency with cost effectiveness and agility
  • How new technologies require new skill sets for our operators

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This automated equipment is capable of calculating the potency of the Varicella virus for 5,000 individual samples every 3 days. Find out how this helps us ensure product quality and meet our goal of providing vaccines to the world market.

Hosted By

Michele D'Alessandro
Vice President and CIO, Manufacturing IT
Manufacturing Leadership Council Member


Agenda at a glance

November 28, 2017

6:00pm     Networking Dinner

November 29, 2017

7:45am     Breakfast & Registration

8:30am     Depart for Merck

9:00am     Introductions & Executive Welcome

10:30am to 11:45am     Plant Tour

11:45am to 12:45pm     Networking Lunch

12:45pm to 3:30pm     Panel & Roundtable Discussion

3:30pm     Depart back to Hilton Durham



International Airport:
Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU) – 20 miles (30 minutes)

Where to Stay:

Hilton Durham near Duke University in Durham, NC
Discounted room rate: $114
Book by: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (in order to secure this rate and availability)
To make your reservations online: click here
To make your reservations by phone: Call 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) and reference the group code: FSMLC