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Life Sciences Industry Outlook 2016: Supply Chain Needs a New Response to Rapid Changes in Healthcare

Published: 29 February 2016

ID: G00294841

Analyst(s): Eric O'Daffer , Stephen Meyer


Life science manufacturers face a rapidly changing landscape in 2016. Supply chain leaders must pursue customer-beneficial cost optimization, collaborate with healthcare providers to ensure alignment to outcomes and re-evaluate the supply chain approach to new product introduction.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Life science manufacturers' pursuit of revenue growth through increased volume and pricing is potentially at odds with healthcare providers having their profitability increasingly tied to their success in managing overall patient outcomes
  • Increasing focus on outcomes and intensifying consumer expectations requires life science manufacturers to collaborate with healthcare providers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers to create a better experience for patients
  • Pressure to quickly introduce new products and demonstrate positive patient outcomes requires a different response by chief supply chain officers in life science companies to improve product life cycle management
    • A New Life for Products With Generic Competition
    • Resurgence in Clinical Trials for 510(k) Medical Devices
    • New Product Introduction Is Getting Faster Despite Increased Regulatory Burdens
  • The convergence of digital and physical supply chains and the data economy prompts supply chain leaders to embrace new business opportunities and the internal efficiencies they enable

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