Category Archives: Supply Chain

24Oct/21

3D Printing Capacity Critical in Preparing for a Pandemic

By: Jared N. Matlis, Research Assistant

Preparedness is a skill which is necessary for success in any situation, whether it is a job, schooling, or warfare. So much so that it is immortalized in the Latin phrase Si vis pacem, para bellum, in other words, “if you want peace, prepare for war”. This is a sentiment which the United States knows well, as it has the undisputed best equipped and powerful military in the world.  However, a report from the America Makes <AMCPR> initiative “Assessing the Role of Additive Manufacturing in Support of the U.S. Covid-19 Response”, underwritten by the FDA, depicts how in 2020 the United States was caught unprepared by the invasion of Covid-19.

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04Oct/21

Digital Transformation: The Business Imperative for Life-Sciences

By Daniel R. Matlis, President

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says the ancient proverb.  In my opinion, the corollary is: “disruption is the matriarch of transformation,” especially for the Life-Sciences industries.

The COVID-19 epidemic has been the biggest global disruption in our generation. It represents a watershed moment for transformation throughout our industry.

Disruption is the new normal. This new paradigm is forcing Life-Science companies to re-imagine the way they operate; transforming and accelerating product development, regulatory review, manufacturing, and distribution cycles aimed at improving patient outcomes.

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14Apr/21

Q: Who is the Best Technology Vendor? A: NONE!

An open Letter to the Life-Sciences Industry on Analyst Forced Vendor Rankings

By: Daniel R. Matlis

As a Life-Science Industry Analyst, I am often asked by executives to recommend the best technology vendor.

My standard answer:  None, there is no such thing as a “best vendor.”   

Just like an automotive industry analyst could not recommend the “best car” for you until they know your budget, unique requirements, and primary use; a Life Science industry analyst must understand your company’s intended use, business, regulatory and technology requirements, as well as organizational culture before recommending a system.

Yet for decades, Life-Science industry executives have relied on forced rankings from analyst firms to identify the top five vendors to invite for an RFP.  This is especially true when evaluating the alphabet soup of system acronyms (AI/ML, APS, CTMS, CM&S, EAM, EDC, ERP, LIMS, MES, PLM, RIM, SCM, etc., etc., etc.)

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31Mar/21

Pfizer Uses Positive Disruption to Manage Product Design Across the Lifecycle

COVID-19 forced Life-Science companies to reimagine the way they operate. Pfizer has adapted its Culture, Systems and Processes to drive increased visibility, control and collaboration that have achieved unprecedented results.


Join Pfizer’s Hugo Felix and Axendia’s Daniel R. Matlis for a “Straight from the Source” live webinar on 21-APR-2021 at 11:30 AM ET as they discuss how Pfizer is using Positive Disruption to manage product design across the lifecycle.

15Mar/21

Digital Transformation Builds Trust Across the Value Network

Disruptions have eroded trust across Life-Science supply chains forcing brand owners to re-evaluate outsourcing programs in favor of Smart-Sourcing strategies that focus on quality, resilience, and value, instead of cost.

As a result, innovative CMOs, like Ori Biotech and SteriPack, are modernizing and digitally transforming their manufacturing operations to support Quality Metrics, Review by Exception and Smart-Sourcing.  

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