Thomas Halfmann is founder and managing partner of HGP, a Life Science industry consulting company with offices in Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Singapore. Before founding HGP, Thomas was Global Head Biopharmaceutical Operations IT and Head of the Global MES Program, both at Novartis. Thomas is an expert in business process analysis and modelling, project management, quality management, paperless manufacturing and computer system validation with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is an active member of the ISPE Open-SCS initiative which is currently developing an open source standard in the Packaging Serialization Global Name Registry and an associated set of subscription-based work products.