• SCG’s thoughts on the last 10%

    For the Pharmaceutical industry, it is difficult for consumers to tell the difference between an excellent, acceptable or poor quality product.  For this reason, safety, quality and reliability problems can go undetected  until the FDA detects them during an inspection or after investigation for a product recall.  By then, the problems can be out of control and can result […]

  • WHO Ebola Vaccine Meeting

    So what’s with all of the buzz on Ebola vaccines and how will it impact the future of this outbreak? The overwhelmingly and ever increasingly amount of buzz surrounding Ebola is undeniable. Although this is not a new concept or topic of discussion in the news room, there seems to be no letting up as […]

  • Fall Networking Event, a Success!

    On October 9th, SCG proudly kicked off a new networking event series with our friends from Walnut St. Labs. The event took place at Teca restaurant, right in the heart of the borough of West Chester, Pa. Smart Consulting Group’s president, Denise Smart, hosted events of this nature several years back, so the time had […]

  • 483 Audit Forms

    So what’s with this 483 audit form and where do I go from here? Faced with a 483 audit form? If this is the first time your company has received a document of this nature your initial thoughts may be… now what? In order to understand the true implications of a 483 citation, it may […]

  • Bottlenecking Theory

    Bottlenecking Theory Lean Biomanufacturing, by Dr. Nigel J. Smart Understanding this theory can help address key concepts that can help your research team yield optimal results. It’s important to begin your research by first running through some equations that will help your team throughout your experimental endeavors. After all, you wouldn’t read a book if […]

  • Risks in Lean Compliance

    What is Risk? Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart As the famous T. S. Eliot once said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” This is most certainly the case in the science and pharmaceutical industry. We are in an industry that requires researchers to take […]

  • Waste Removal

    Waste Removal Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart The million dollar question in lean biomanufacturing is (drum roll please)….how can we go about removing all of that waste? Although the process seems rather grueling, trust in the fact that waste removal is beneficial to your research. Waste removal will have a major impact on your […]

  • Value Stream Mapping

    Value Stream Mapping Lean Biomanufacturing, by Dr. Nigel J. Smart No one company can do it all. It’s nearly impossible to implement every fresh, new research method that enters the market into your company’s regimen. To put it simply, not every method may best fit your company’s overall goals. Understanding this key concept will be […]

  • Kaizen Events

    Implementing Kaizen Events into Your Research Team’s Methodology Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart In lean biomanufacturing the term Kaizen events “refers to the impact of the outcome relative to the cost expended.” Much different than most constructive concepts, in a Kaizen event once the main event is complete, the researchers’ work is far from […]

  • Flow Charting

    Getting to Know Flow Charting in Lean Biomanufacturing Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart When it comes to lean biomanufacturing, flow charting is deemed as one of the most basic techniques for defining what is required to operate a particular process. It is no question that the biopharmaceutical industry has evolved quite tremendously in recent […]

  • Fishbone Analysis

    Understanding the Basics of Fishbone Analysis Lean Biomanufacturing, Dr. Nigel J. Smart Tackling the demands of the biopharmaceutical industry can prove to be quite trying in today’s competitive field. Yet with proper research and experimentation, companies can readily understand the kinks in their systematic methods early on, leading to great success in their research. Tools […]

  • Lean Biomanufacturing: Keeping Your Eye on the Quality Goal

    By Nigel J Smart PhD, Smart Consulting Group To some, Lean Manufacturing is a meaningless concept when one is considering medical therapies or medical products. Often there is confusion in common English language, where the emphasis is on the Lean & Mean interpretation associated with just being efficient. As we all know this is a […]