READY FOR A REVOLUTION
Manufacturing Today|December 2020
LIFE SCIENCE IS A UNIQUE INDUSTRY WITH ITS OWN WORKFLOWS, REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS, AND BUSINESS RISKS
LITTLE YADAV

EFFECTIVE MANUFACTURERS DELIBERATE through the processes right from conformance to performance. These manufacturers likely merge objectives, processes, and technologies between quality and manufacturing to achieve constructive results. That is what life sciences manufacturing calls for. Higher on-delivery time and successful new product introductions are the hallmark of companies into manufacturing for life sciences. For the first time, Manufacturing Today explores how this sector operates, its priorities, practice adoptions, R&D focus, among other things.

Life science is a unique industry with its own workflows, regulatory frameworks, and business risks. Significant benefits of manufacturing for Life sciences can be obtained through the deployment of advanced automation and manufacturing information systems. It is set apart from other industries by being forwardthinking, using leading-edge technologies, being highly competitive and fast-paced; whilst doing all these things within a regulatory framework. The products produced in the life science industry are highly complex batches of high value and are potentially lifesaving to the end-user. The majority of the products are consumer goods, such as medications, vaccines, medical devices, it is thus paramount that production processes be as efficient and safe as possible.

Like most industries, the life science industry has changed significantly over the past 10 years. To develop more effective therapeutic solutions and faster diagnostic systems, industry leaders are now exploring automation for product development. To address the shift, pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturers look to connect systems, people, and data - characterized by more predictive and adoptive facilities that leverage automated, integrated product design, simulation, advanced 3D printing, and digital twin.

Life sciences manufacturing includes discrete, process and batch manufacturing, discrete for medical devices and process and batch for pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing. Life science manufacturers have substantial compliance challenges, or that the compliance is increasing, regularly changing, growing in complexity and increased oversight by regulators. As a result of which, Life sciences companies are now embracing technology to meet quality & compliance in the manufacturing process.

Commenting on this, Suresh Kumar, BIOVIA Lead, India, Dassault Systemes, said, “Life sciences manufacturers must continue to embrace and advance technology, quality and product innovation to remain viable and relevant. Product lifecycles have compressed, global competition is intensifying and products have become very complex. Moreover, increasing regulatory oversight, significant approval cycles and recall exposure, and a need to continually reduce cost while maintaining rigorous quality standards will need replacing paper-based, disparate systems with streamlined processes and advanced quality management and execution capabilities that can significantly improve flexibility to changing market conditions.”

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