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Life Sciences Industry Outlook 2017: Tumultuous Times Require an Agile Supply Chain

Published: 09 March 2017

ID: G00322541

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


The outlook for life science manufacturers is less clear than in previous years, with uncertainty caused by changes in geopolitics, regulations and technology. Life science supply chain leaders can use this research to ensure their organizations are prepared for uncertain times.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • A shift toward population health management and consumer-driven healthcare is leading to a future with significant increases in innovative new products, customer types and delivery locations
    • The Rise of Population Health Management
  • Recent political events may result in an uptick in regulatory, trade and market changes; existing supply and delivery networks may be prone to disruption and changes in cost structure
    • Regulatory Requirements
    • Geopolitical Realities
    • Market Expectations
  • Product technology and medical advances are creating both expected and unexpected shifts in how and where care is delivered. Leaders must align their supply chains to these changes or risk obsolescence
    • The Trend Toward "Personalized" Treatments
    • Medical Tourism
    • The Elephant in the Room

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