Newsletter | July 15, 2021

07.15.21 -- Considerations In Today's Biomanufacturing Supply Chain

How Customer Forecasts Support The Integrity Of The Biopharma Supply Chain

Suppliers base their manufacturing volume requirements according to the base level of customer demand, plus a buffer level for contingency, so inaccurate levels of forecasting mean that vulnerabilities can be introduced into the system that are then highlighted in a crisis situation. Receiving customer forecasts as early and as completely as possible is critical to the success of the supply chain continuum.

Improving The Supply Of Single-Use Technologies

Single-use consumables are easily customized, and it can be tempting to customize an assembly to the smallest detail. The drawback is that it becomes a unique, made-to-order item rather than a made-to-stock item. This can lead to overcomplicated consumable setups with hundreds of tailor-made items, making it cumbersome for the manufacturer to ensure all necessary items are at hand at the right time.

Security Of Supply In Cell And Gene Therapy Manufacturing
With competition growing in the cell and gene therapy market, safely progressing through the clinical phases at a good pace in order to achieve first-to-market goals is crucial. There are considerable cost pressures, though, as companies must secure the capabilities necessary to be successful, whether that is through building them in-house or through outsourcing.
Supply Chain Security: Focus On Raw Material Variability

To maintain the bench-to-bedside continuum, companies must critically examine their supply chains and act to mitigate exposure to adverse supply events. Qualifying two suppliers, increasing capacity, implementing a supplier scorecard, and surveying suppliers' production lines help guarantee supply — but close attention must also be paid to raw materials.

Securing Today’s Biomanufacturing Supply Chain Using Transformative Supply

Compared to just a decade ago, managing the biopharmaceutical supply chain has become a far more complex topic. Managing today’s supply chain complexity begins by transforming historically transactional relationships to those that drive suppliers to value-added status, working toward shared customer goals.

Business Continuity Program: Maintain Operations During Crises

Implementing a robust business continuity management (BCM) program requires a solid understanding of the processes involved in continuous and sustainable business. Once you understand your risks well, it is easier to prepare for them and develop a plan that can be executed at the time of a crisis.  

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