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Manufacture Contract Manufacturing Services, Process Control, Small Molecules, Technology and Equipment, Trends & Forecasts

Revving Up for the Revolution: Industry 4.0

Over the span of my career, I’ve always been interested in how advances in science and technology can help us to reinvent approaches to pharmaceutical development – and how we can use those advantages to increase speed and efficiency. In essence, we must always look to how we can harness the latest technology and process innovations to improve what we’re doing. The comprehensive approach to continuous improvement through automation and data-exchange spans many industries, and is generally known as “Industry 4.0”. Before joining Arcinova as CSO and leading its innovation and technology strategy, I was the CEO for Britest, a process understanding consultancy business. Back then, a major project for us was a government-funded initiative called ADDOPT, which stands for Advanced Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Therapies. The goal was to examine what was happening as the Industry 4.0 concept took root (including emerging buzzwords and challenges) in other manufacturing industries, and to ask what types of projects would demonstrate the power of the approach. We were also tasked with asking whether it was worthwhile for pharma development and manufacture. (And to cut to the chase: yes, I believe there is considerable and wide-ranging potential value for pharma!)

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Gareth Jenkins

Chief Scientific Officer at Arcinova, UK.

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