Progress-EXS Lean Six Sigma for Life Science & Pharma
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Progress Executive Services (Progress-EXS) has launched Lean Six Sigma for Life Science & Pharma as a tailor made service that can help companies in the health care and pharmaceutical sectors improve the efficiency of their product development, production & supply chain management.
Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a proven methodology for improvement of processes and organizations that provides a structured approach to creating demonstrable, concrete and lasting improvements.
The Progress-EXS approach to LSS is tailored to the needs of pharma and life sciences, recognizing fundamental aspects such as process development, compliant production, assay documentation, QA/QC and regulatory affairs. Distinctively, it applies LSS not just to production but across the entire value chain from discovery to delivery.
Lean Six Sigma applications
The Lean Six Sigma (LSS) service is designed for the needs of senior executives within the Life Sciences and Pharma industries concerned that sub-optimal business performance is jeopardizing the development and sustainability of their companies. It is also designed to meet stakeholder concerns about cost reductions or to achieve faster times to market across the product development portfolio.
The LSS approach provides direct answers to questions that include:
- How can we increase the efficiency of product development?
- How can we reduce time to market?
- Can the handover between development and commercial production be more effective?
- How can we increase the efficiency of production and supply chain?
- Do we have good practices for continuous improvement in place?
Lean Six Sigma benefits
Progress EXS offers Lean Six Sigma programs that are tailored to the needs of the pharma, biotech and healthcare sectors, emphasizing Lean processes, standard tools and Ways Of Working and continuous improvement.
This approach offers six key elements for success and sustainability:
- Process optimization
- Performance measures (analytics & six sigma)
- A ‘lean way of working’
- Visual management & dashboards
- Continuous Improvement
- Lean organization & leadership
For product development, Lean Six Sigma delivers reduced time to market, improved cost effectiveness, increased success rate in product development programs and better transfer from product development to commercial production.
For production & supply chain, Lean Six Sigma can achieve better compliance and product quality, operational excellence, reduced operational costs and optimized supply chains.
Sequence and Approach
Progress-EXS consultants start by working with the client to assess the current LSS maturity level of the organization to define the starting point for the LSS Journey.
The next step is to develop a tailor made program that best fits the organization, based on a range of validated LSS techniques. This includes:
- Fast track results by identification & implementation of Quick Wins at the early stage of the program
- Co-development of Lean Tools & Way of Working with the client team to ensure ownership, embedding and sustainability
- Change management to support the new way of working on all levels in the organization
The client organization does not need experience with Lean Six Sigma processes. Training and coaching are included in the program.
Progress-EXS has already implemented LSS programs within a number of pharma and life science organizations, gaining positive results and client feedback.
A pharma client based in the USA commented: “Within four months, the OTIF (‘On-Time-In-Full’) of our production process and supply chain was increased from 60% towards 95%. Our teams were able to sustain this performance.”
From the Netherlands, a client company working in life sciences, said; “By eliminating complexity from our organization, our processes & our technologies, we substantially improved our output, while reducing investments and risks during new product development.”
Another life sciences client, based in Belgium, commented: “Within five months, we designed our production process and co-developed a tailormade ‘Lean way of working’ together with the Progress team. We are now sustaining the improved performance in an easy way.”