Let’s start with definitions. And let’s also start by saying that if you’re looking for a single, definitive definition of life sciences, good luck. It’s all over the place.
From a definition that attempts to cover every possible field that qualifies as a life science: …”companies in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technologies, life systems technologies, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, food processing, environmental, biomedical devices, and organizations and institutions that devote the majority of their efforts in the various stages of research, development, technology transfer and commercialization.”1
To a definition that can be expressed in 8 words: …” all sciences that have to do with organisms”1 and yet is so broad as to actually be less helpful than the longer version above.
Life Sciences Manufacturing
Fortunately, the definitions become much clearer when we add the word “manufacturing” to the concept we’re attempting to define. From a manufacturing perspective, there are only two types of life sciences companies:
- Those that require discrete manufacturing capabilities
- Namely producers of medical devices and supplies
- Those that require process manufacturing capabilities
- Mainly producers of traditional pharmaceuticals
We could muddy the waters a bit by wondering how newer gene therapy and DNA testing companies would fall into the 2 categories above. It’s entirely possible that different aspects of their operations fall into both categories above.
Your Home at Strategic Systems Group (SSG)
The bottom line is that whether you’re a discrete or process manufacturer, you’ll find yourself a home at SSG, where manufacturing software for the life sciences sector resides.
For example, take a look at how SSG helped a scientific instrument manufacturer migrate from their MK ERP software to Microsoft Dynamics AX, streamlining their processes, vastly improving their reporting capabilities, and ultimately saving them time and money.
Another example would be our work with Harvard Bioscience, and this testimonial:
“I am very pleased with the training and support provided by SSG. The ability to speak with someone knowledgeable about our ERP system when an issue arises has helped us greatly. I would highly recommend SSG to anyone looking for ERP support.”
David Tourjeman, U.S. Controller, Harvard Bioscience
Both of the companies highlighted above are publicly traded. But we should note that SSG also works with smaller, privately held manufacturing companies. In fact, we offer to manufacturing ERP solutions to fit organizations of all sizes and budgets.
Pointing You in the Right Direction
And in the meantime, we have 2 great articles to recommend for life sciences manufacturers. From Deloitte, a comprehensive 2018 outlook on the industry: https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/life-sciences-and-healthcare/articles/global-life-sciences-sector-outlook.html
And another article specifically about supply chain management (SCM) pain points for life sciences companies: https://blog.kinaxis.com/2017/05/supply-chain-pain-points-life-sciences/
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