Tag Archives: lean

  • WHO Ebola Vaccine Meeting

    … vaccination campaigns The meeting concluded that funding issues should not be allowed to dictate the vaccine agenda. The funds will be found.” *Check out the full article on WHO’s website.   For further technical information regarding the Ebola vaccine debate, reference Dr. Nigel J. Smart’s publication, lean Biomanufacturing. His noteworthy publication provides a high-level understanding of the various scientific approaches that can be utilized within manufacturing processes of this …

  • 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 you didn’t know its terminology first, right? It’s important to be well versed in the material that you are working on in order to …

  • 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 the knowledge that they skillfully have acquired and run with it. This knowledge will not be of any use bottled up in one’s brain, unheard by others. Knowledge and the ability 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 team’s overall biomanufacturing goals. Yes, sometimes various components of your research cannot be eliminated. And if that is found to be true within 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 invaluable to your research team’s overall operations. Science is ever-changing and although the industry is bursting with excitement, one can get a bit in …

  • 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 over.  In fact, their work has only just begun. These processes are quite complex and require strong attention to detail. A vital …

  • 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 years, and as we adapt to these changes, it’s vital to understand the progression in which the industry is transforming. The pharma industry is …

  • 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 like fishbone analysis can ultimately help yield accurate results and benefit researchers in the long term within their …

  • 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 big misconception associated with our terminology and unless we pay attention then there is a real danger that we will miss the boat and create something that’s …

  • The Pharmaceutical Consultants Role in Lean Manufacturing/Biomanufacturing Processes

    By Nigel J Smart PhD; Smart Consulting Group. So you’ve decided to run a lean Manufacturing Program at your site, and you’re thinking how best to organize and operate the program. One useful option is to enlist the assistance of an experienced lean Consultant. Here are a few areas where a consultant can play a useful role in your program: As a sensei, the consultant can provide an objective overview of the situation and Mentor the lean team and workforce into why it’s important to do …

  • Don’t keep failing, implement a LEAN Laboratory approach!

    … First, have an experienced lean laboratory consultant on your team. Second, work with them to develop a plan that will transform how you’re running the laboratory operations. Third, make a commitment to integrate the QC laboratory as part of an overall operational strategy so that the laboratory is not an isolated function that’s exposed to changes in production priorities. So what are some of the important factors that we need to consider in transforming the current situation to a lean …