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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Key Takeaways from ManuPharma 2016

December 7, 2016

Last week I had the honor of chairing Day One afternoon sessions for a new conference called ManuPharma held in Frankfurt, Germany.  This elite gathering of technology practitioners ranging from the Heads of Tech Ops to Site Leads at the top Pharma companies came together to explore and learn about a range of disruptive technologies … Continue reading Key Takeaways from ManuPharma 2016

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Chill Pill Has a Whole New Meaning for Pharma Supply Chain

November 22, 2016

The pharma supply chain can be incredibly complex with new molecular entities taking as long as a decade to get to market. And it’s growing even more complicated with the new demand for biologics-based products that need to be stored at colder-than-average temperatures during their long journey to patients, hospitals and pharmacies. It’s estimated that … Continue reading Chill Pill Has a Whole New Meaning for Pharma Supply Chain

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The Prescription For Reducing Supply Chain Anxiety in Pharma

September 7, 2016

In my previous role as Vice President of Supply Chain, I saw just how abruptly things can go awry in pharma supply chains. One year, just before the holidays, we lost five batches of API (the active pharmaceutical ingredient that goes into pills) due to a caking issue. It took us almost two weeks to … Continue reading The Prescription For Reducing Supply Chain Anxiety in Pharma

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Measuring Service Level: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

June 14, 2016

Several years ago I was in a cash-to-cash review meeting with the CFO of Pfizer, and he made the comment that, “rarely does one metric tell the full story about performance.” This is especially true for customer service where there are many different ways to measure the effectiveness of your supply chain. But with many … Continue reading Measuring Service Level: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

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5 Keys to Improving On Time In Full (OTIF) Deliveries

May 9, 2016

One of the most critical metrics for measuring supply chain performance is “on time in full”, more popularly referred to as OTIF. It is the end result of all the activities in supply chain bundled into a singular view of business performance. It’s also the single best way for understanding how your customers are being … Continue reading 5 Keys to Improving On Time In Full (OTIF) Deliveries

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The Case for Centralized Supply Chain Management

September 15, 2015

  At your next supply chain event, ask your table mates about their organizational design. It promises to be a lively, interesting, and perhaps emotional discussion! If there are more than eight at the table I’m sure that you will hear variations spanning global to regional to local centric. Of course there is no right … Continue reading The Case for Centralized Supply Chain Management

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The Cure For Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Has Arrived.

July 9, 2015

Today I’m delighted to be part of the announcement of a new game-changing solution for the pharmaceutical industry: FusionOps Pharma. I have been in Pharma and Life Science industry for over twenty years and for much of my career the focus has been getting our hands on as much data as possible in order to … Continue reading The Cure For Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Has Arrived.

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Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 4

May 14, 2015

Reason #2 and #3 I would like to share my next two “non-cash flow” reasons for inventory and cycle time reduction through an experience I had over a decade ago. The story is about a life-saving product in which my company had a dominant global market share position. We manufactured it using mammalian cell culture … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 4

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High Anxiety in Big Pharma

March 17, 2015

Drastic measures and a touch and go prognosis… The pharmaceutical industry lives in anxiety… and we’re not just talking about the people taking the drugs. Fretting about the next blockbuster drug is a constant. From 2012 to 2016, over half of the top 20 drugs will have lost their exclusivity. Bad news. Exclusivity is the … Continue reading High Anxiety in Big Pharma

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Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 3

February 28, 2015

Reason #1 – Supply Chain Agility I would like to share four “non-cash flow” reasons for inventory and cycle time reduction to show how the entire organization will benefit from these efforts. It can be difficult to rally the troops outside of finance around a cash flow objective so it is important to understand the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 3

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Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 2

December 8, 2014

“Cycle time as a single metric may be the best measurement of an organization’s health.” – Mark Puich – Tefen, Werum When tackling inventory, start with cycle time. It’s not the only driver, but it’s the most significant. Cycle time needs to be attacked methodically and continually, not as a one-time effort as is often the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 2

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Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 1

November 21, 2014

Almost every company that I talk to or have been a part of has an inventory reduction initiative, and the supply chain organization is typically the owner. I once had the luxury of being in a lead supply chain role where there was no pressure to reduce inventory. I told my team that the day … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 1

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Breaking Through to Better Forecasting

October 18, 2014

Forecast accuracy has been the nemesis of supply chain leaders for as long as I can remember. Throughout my career, the solution has been to implement sound forecasting tools and processes, and to incent improvement from the sales and commercial organizations. Interestingly, in my experience the paradigm has never shifted from finished product forecasting, which … Continue reading Breaking Through to Better Forecasting

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The Pharma Data Deluge

September 14, 2014

I have been in the pharma and health care supply chain industry for over twenty years, and for much of my career the focus has been on getting our hands on as much data as possible in order to understand our supply chains and take appropriate actions. I remember the days of key punching from … Continue reading The Pharma Data Deluge

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