Pharmaceutical firms are seeking faster time to market, reduced costs and access to technology, thereby generating rapid traction in life sciences outsourcing marketing
The life sciences industry is going through a renaissance period that is marked by transformational breakthroughs in the way technology is utilized. Key market trends such as rising adoption of decentralized trials, focus on research and development (R&D) efficiency, rise in the use of specialty medication, and increasing importance of real-world evidence (RWE) is forcing enterprises out of their comfort zone and necessitating the development of next-generation technological capabilities, resulting in increased adoption of outsourcing in the life sciences space.
The rising demand for technological support is one of many trends compelling firms in the life sciences industry to rethink their strategy and operations. Other trends are explored in depth in Everest Group’s “Life Sciences Operations: Changing Market Dynamics Ushering In a New Wave of Digitalization” In this report, Everest Group examines the key themes and trends characterizing the life sciences operations market, including the various levers of emerging technologies and their impact across the life sciences value chain, outsourcing dynamics, deal trends, and the service provider landscape.
These trends have generated rapid traction in the life sciences outsourcing market as service providers accelerate their efforts to assist enterprises in augmenting their operations by delivering services and solutions across the life sciences operations value chain.
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With cases topping one million globally, governments and health care agencies across the world are working to contain the spread of COVID-19 through several safety measures including the complete lockdown of high-risk countries. While this might prove effective in controlling the pandemic, enterprises across multiple industries are struggling to mitigate its growing impact on the supply chain.
Forced quarantine in manufacturing countries like China has significantly affected major industries including automotive, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices and supplies, highlighting the limitations in their existing supply chain models. The impact on the overarching life sciences industry is particularly acute, because it cuts across the entire ecosystem, and could potentially enable the spread of COVID-19 due to the diminishing supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients and medical supplies such as masks and hand sanitizers from the key supplier, China.
Despite acknowledging the risks of a single sourcing strategy, many organizations in the life sciences industry continue to work with a single supplier in low-cost regions like China and India to capitalize on their lower costs for labor and materials. This is risky in and of itself. And it also results in sub-contracting situations that lack transparency into the tier-2 and tier-3 suppliers, which further complicates risk management.
Here are our suggestions for how organizations in the life sciences industry can combat the global supply chain crisis:
Despite the extra costs associated with building a proactive supply chain and qualifying multiple suppliers, doing so allows organizations to rapidly respond in pandemic-like situations, thereby reducing reliance on inventory management. Building an adaptable supply chain model that remains operational under any critical situation is the key to managing sourcing risk and avoiding global supply chain disruptions.