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A capabilities-based approach to productive and innovative R&D


Productive and innovative R&DR&D in the Life Sciences (LS), especially on a global scale, is difficult to manage. For many companies, the struggle to maintain a sustainable pipeline and drive growth while controlling costs has resulted in fragmented, unwieldy R&D organizations and inadequate results. LS companies that learn to manage R&D as an integrated set of capabilities become more agile, efficient and better positioned to innovate in a changing industry. We have developed and helped a number of companies implement a capabilities-based view of R&D that allows them to better understand the strengths and challenges of each component of their R&D organization. This methodology is designed to help executives align R&D activities to their strategic business objectives.

  • Is your R&D network meeting your pipeline needs?
  • Are your scientists focused on the highest priority activities for the organization?
  • Are your research dollars translating to quality & timely output?
  • Are your investments in innovation yielding the benefits you expected? If not, do you know why?

This article is intended to help you understand how a capabilities-based approach to managing R&D can address these issues and improve the productivity of your discovery and development programs.

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