Category Archives: Sad News

Ken Traub (1963 – 2017)

Photo of Ken Traub
Ken Traub

Like all of you, I was incredibly shocked and sad to hear that my friend and occasional collaborator Ken Traub passed away on Sunday.  My heart and prayers go out to his wife and son.  Ken will be remembered for a long time by people all over the world because of  the depth of his technical knowledge, the clarity of his writing, the impact of his succinct speaking, the creativity of his thinking, the passion he had for solving complex problems, and the love in his heart. 

According to Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors, the memorial service will be held at Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Rd., Lexington, on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:00 am.  Memorial contributions may be made to any cancer charity.

I’ve known Ken for a few Continue reading Ken Traub (1963 – 2017)

The House Hearing on ‘Securing Our Nation’s Prescription Drug Supply Chain’

House Engergy and Commerce CommitteeLast Monday the Health Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Joe Pitts (R-PA16), published their own discussion draft of a national pharmaceutical track & trace bill and then on Thursday they held a hearing to discuss elements of it with a select group of witnesses.  The draft was sponsored by Representatives Robert Latta (R-OH5) and Jim Matheson (D-UT4).  The previous Friday the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee published a different discussion draft on the same topic, but held no hearing (see “The New Pharma Track & Trace Discussion Draft In The Senate”).  In my essay about the Senate version I noted that Continue reading The House Hearing on ‘Securing Our Nation’s Prescription Drug Supply Chain’

Robert J. “Bob” Bergantino (1960-2012)

Robert J. Bergantino

I received very sad news last night of the loss of another friend and co-worker in the serialization and track and trace industry.  Bob Bergantino, most recently of Excellis Health Solutions, worked for SupplyScape at the same time I did.  We didn’t work on any projects or sales together but Bob was such a cheerful and inviting person that I couldn’t help but know and love him.  Bob had a magnetic personality and was full of wit, charm and love for everyone around him.  We will all miss him. Continue reading Robert J. “Bob” Bergantino (1960-2012)

James “Jim” Dowden (1955? – 2012)

I received word last night that our friend Jim Dowden passed away unexpectedly on Saturday.  I know many RxTrace readers knew him in one capacity or another.  See his obituary here.  Most recently Jim was Head of Logistics Management, North America for Genentech.  When I first met him back in the mid-2000’s he worked for Hoffman-La Roche and represented them at various industry ePedigree and track & trace meetings.  For a period of time I ran into Jim fairly often and we had some great conversations.

As I knew him, Jim was a very open and expressive person who was always ready for a good laugh.  He was razor-sharp, quick witted and not afraid to get to the point of the matter.  To me, he was fearless and a fun guy to be around.  I remember listening in on the webcast of the FDA Track and Trace Workshop last year when Jim’s unmistakable voice came through my speakers during one of the input periods.  “When would you like that by?”, he asked rhetorically.  The room erupted.  Jim had already made the point that many in the room were still trying to formulate in their minds.  Classic. Continue reading James “Jim” Dowden (1955? – 2012)

Yifan “Ivan” Shen (1962–2010)

Ivan in happier times

I received news last night that my friend and co-worker, Ivan Shen, passed away on Sunday after losing a five month battle with cancer.  During his career Ivan worked for serialization and pedigree companies including Oat Systems, Reva Systems and SupplyScape (now TraceLink).  Many RxTrace subscribers are current or former co-workers or former customers of Ivan. Continue reading Yifan “Ivan” Shen (1962–2010)

Charles “Chuck” Schramek (1945 – 2010)

Chuck Schramek passed away on January 9 after losing his battle with cancer.  See his obituary here.  As I understand it, he spent most of his career working in IT at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson company, eventually serving in the role of  Executive Director of Information Architecture for J&J.   He spent the last few years of his career as an executive-on-loan to GS1 EPCglobal from J&J.  In that capacity he filled the role of facilitator of work groups related to pharmaceutical supply chain integrity/security.  That’s where I met him.

Chuck was a very humble, friendly person who had Continue reading Charles “Chuck” Schramek (1945 – 2010)