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Life sciences supply chain

Driving better performance and patient outcomes

The life sciences industry is facing challenges such as growth and profitability focus that has resulted in a global manufacturing footprint while mega mergers are driving the need for significant synergies. As the industry moves away from traditional models, advanced manufacturing techniques are required to meet profitability goals. Also, new regulations are challenging current pricing norms and requiring companies to adopt more cost effective manufacturing techniques. Regulatory requirements are changing and the need for customized products is driving up R&D effort and cost.

Core offerings 

Deloitte helps clients to leverage their supply chains for competitive advantage and better patient outcomes by delivering capabilities within these areas:

  • Operations transformation (including M&A)
    Helping life sciences companies rethink operating models in order to deal with increased M&A activity, globalization and operating challenges
  • Product development
    Helping life sciences companies thrive in an environment of shrinking product portfolio, increasing R&D costs, eroding profit margins due to cost and complexity of operations and increased regulatory scrutiny
  • Supply chain planning and execution
    Translating supply chain planning and execution into a competitive advantage by balancing cost, service and agility in an environment challenged by rising costs, increased pricing pressure, and growing complexity
  • Sourcing & procurement
    Transforming companies’ procurement and sourcing through the use of (digital) technology while managing risk and optimizing cost
  • Logistics & distribution
    Optimizing distribution networks and processes for better patient outcomes and profitability
  • Manufacturing
    Reducing manufacturing and support costs, improve operational efficiency and cost structure, and build client skillsets to sustain results
  • Digital supply chain
    Developing integrated ecosystems of value chain partners where information is continuously transitioned between the physical and digital worlds to create smarter, faster, more connected, more agile, and more transparent supply network

Recent awards and recognition

Deloitte named the leader in Supply Chain Risk Management Consulting (ALM Intelligence)

Best Consulting Firm to Operations Consulting (Vault)

Deloitte named a leader in Digital Supply Chain Planning & Design Consulting (ALM Intelligence)

"Deloitte stands out for its ability to help clients establish design principles to guide supply chain strategy and planning decisions. The firm combines a systematic method for internally aligning the supply chain to the business strategy with deep insights into external drivers of supply chain improvement opportunities." (Gartner, 2014)

"Deloitte brings deeply integrated life sciences industry expertise to its expanding breadth in analytics and technology-enabled offerings. Technology-supported financial, operating and innovation models for R&D are complemented by the firm’s strategic pricing and commercial insights for life sciences organizations." (Kennedy, 2014)

Experience across the life science sector

We serve:

  • 10 of the top 15 pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • 8 of the top 10 generics manufacturers
  • 5 of the 8 largest biotechnology companies
  • 7 of the 11 largest medical products manufacturers