Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain

Apr 1, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Risk Management in Contract Pharmaceutical Development: Contract Research Part 2

The second installation in our series on contract management research published by MBA students from my online Contract Management class is by Julia Condit, and focuses on the challenges of managing contracts in the pharmaceutical industry.  As pharmaceutical companies go […]

Sep 26, 2018  |  Articles

Changing Executive Mindsets on Global Product Integrity: The Fight Against Counterfeiting Is Here to Stay

I recently interviewed the Director of Brand Protection at a large pharmaceutical company, who shared with me the timeline around how his company gradually shifted and changed its views on brand security, and built a business case around the need […]

Jul 16, 2018  |  Articles

Pharmaceutical offshoring makes recalls more costly with more quality headaches

I spent some time working on a study of how offshoring impacts quality issues, specifically product recalls, with a number of researchers at the University of Palermo, led by Manfredi Bruccoleri.  Our research led to some very interesting findings on […]

Feb 13, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Walgreen’s Acquisition of Amerisource Bergen is based on the need for integration to survive

The news of Walgreen’s potential acquisition of Amerisource Bergen is one of a string of recent announcements that signify efforts by channel players in the massive life sciences market to set up barriers to competition against behemoths by the likes […]

Dec 11, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Healthcare Utilization Management: Solving the Mystery of the Missing Inventory

I recently had a chance to interview a supply chain director from  a mid-sized hospital in New York state, that was very insightful in helping me to think about the challenge around inventory management.  The supply chain officer described the […]

May 29, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Executive Roundtable: Combating Counterfeit in the Supply Chain

This week the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative is holding an executive panel focused on the challenges of dealing with counterfeiting in the supply chain.  We will be hosting a number of major public and private sector participants including the Air Force, the […]

May 3, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Innovation Leadership in the Middle of Organization Change at Biogen

I spent the day at Biogen’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA today, with a group of executives sharing ideas on how to drive innovation.  Biogen is already a highly innovative company, as they have continued to drive new treatments in MS, […]

Feb 25, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Idec spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.  Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through […]

Aug 27, 2014  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Student Project Lineup Off to a Great Start…

NC State kicked off classes last week, and as usual our incoming group of MBA students were lined up with projects as part of their entry class into supply chain management, MBA 541.  I have been teaching this class, called […]

Mar 29, 2014  |  Director's Blog

Major Trends Impacting the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Ecosystem

As “Obamacare” continues to plow forward, the effects on the healthcare environment are slowly but surely being felt.  One of the biggest recipients of this trend is the pharmaceutical environment. Several trends have shaped the pharmaceutical ecosystem in the last […]