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IBM puts Watson to work at Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi R&D

By Ellyn McMullin, Research Associate, Axendia, Inc.

Three years after its victory on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! IBM Watson has evolved to represent a new era of computing. Today, Watson is no longer just the world’s most famous game-playing computer. IBM has put Watson to work in various industries. In healthcare, IBM is co-developing an application with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and partnering with WellPoint, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
IBM announced that it is putting Watson to work in Pharma R&D at Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi. Continue reading


Are you Improving Processes or Merely Chasing Defects?

by Axendia Staff

While Medical Technology companies claim to embrace process improvement initiatives, most are chasing defect, according to our research shows

In this second installment in the whitepaper series, we discuss industry’s reactive nature and the need to shift to a proactive stance.

Defects are the primary driver for implementing process improvement initiatives.

  • Seventy-six percent of respondents cited reducing defects as a driver for implementing Process Improvement initiatives
  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents cited defects as the top form of Waste/Muda Impacting their organization

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The Many Sides of Process Improvement 1-Minute Video Briefing

By Axendia Staff

While Medical Technology companies claim to embrace process improvement initiatives, our research shows that they are still firefighting. They are using brute-force approaches to eliminate defects and support regulatory compliance.

Key findings, analysis and recommendations from this research are available in a series of four white papers under the umbrella: “Is Med-Tech Improving Processes or Chasing Defects.” Continue reading


Most Med-Tech Companies Are Chasing Defects, Not Improving Processes

For decades, Medical Technology (Med-Tech) companies have embarked in Process Improvement initiatives to enhance product quality while reducing costs. So why are most companies Chasing Defects instead of Improving Processes?

Answers to this complex question are provided in a new research study released by Axendia, Inc.

For this major research Axendia surveyed 239 Medical Technology Industry practitioners from 96 different companies across 22 countries. Continue reading