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Life Sciences Product Supply and Operations

It is a tall order for Life Sciences companies to consistently deliver the right combination of products, at the right time, at the right cost. Achieving these goals means simultaneously improving the speed of delivery, increasing the quality of products and lowering costs, leaving little or no room for inefficiency. At the same time, the Life Sciences industry is going through unprecedented change, putting new pressures on supply chain and manufacturing operations organizations. Click here to learn about our practice.

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Understand the Emerging Trends
Deloitte fosters an internal learning ecosystem to monitor emerging trends in Life Science Product Supply and Operations. Periodically, our front line practitioners select the “hottest” trends that are shaping the Life Science industry. A selective group of practitioners conduct rigorous research to understand the hot topic’s potential impact to our clients.

Current Hot Topic: 3D Printing & Medical Device Companies
Trend Description:
3D Printing has the potential to transform a manufacturing supply chain. With its ability to manufacture high-quality complex designs in a fully automated process, it reduces the need to manufacture centrally and ship to end users. Additionally, the sourcing of components can potentially be simplified to the raw materials used by the printer.

Impact to our clients: While 3D Printing technology remains largely untested by Medical Device companies, the outlook is that of a potentially transformative impact on supply chains, other aspects of Medical Device companies’ operating models and ultimately how providers delivery high-quality patient care. Our research unveiled three major impact areas to Medical Device Companies:

  1. Financial impacts: e.g. 3D Printing can be utilized to enable a faster response to shifts in demand
  2. Operation model impacts: e.g. Quality & Process Regulation
  3. Supply Chain Redesign and a New Standard of Patient Care: e.g. Integrated Critical Care

To learn more about the 3D printing trends impacts to Medical Device Companies or if you would like to learn about any hot trend? Please contact with your “hottest” trend nominee and stay tuned for our next hot topic summary.

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Our capabilities

  • Supply chain strategy and excellence (including Tax)
  • Sales and operations planning (S&OP)
  • cGMP/QA/validation compliance
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Research and development (R&D) supply chain interface
  • Supply chain integrity
  • Manufacturing excellence
  • Logistics and distribution, inclusive of cold chain
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Supply chain and manufacturing information technology (IT)/architecture
  • Competency, talent and organizational design
Based on our capabilities and experience, we have developed a number of market-tested solutions to address issues that are common across Life Science companies and generally require a cross-functional approach:
  • Indirect procurement
  • Non-compliance response
  • Post-merger integration
  • Asset acquisition and divest
  • Supply chain information technology
  • Supply chain integrity
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Virtual supply chain
  • Med Device / Pharmaceutical manufacturing execution systems
  • Supply chain analytics
  • Corporate supply chain risk



Our leadership

Sanjay Behl
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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From Issue to Impact
Deloitte provides a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in Life Sciences Supply Chain. Learn about how we make an impact for our clients – helping them to tackle many of their challenging and significant problems – by reading about some of our client engagements.

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