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1st Edition

Applying Lean Six Sigma in the Pharmaceutical Industry

ISBN 9780566092046
Published July 16, 2014 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

Bikash Chatterjee emphasizes the criticality of applying the principles of Lean and Six Sigma within the paradigm of the drug development process. His guide to operational excellence in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries is a focused summary of the application of Lean Six Sigma theory to the regulated life sciences. From molecule discovery to the application of PAT Applying Lean Six Sigma in the Pharmaceutical Industry will highlight the importance of framing these initiatives within the key deliverables of drug development manufacturing and quality. Challenging conventional wisdom the author offers a quality and efficiency perspective as a foundation for the principles of Quality by Design, PAT and the new philosophies underlying Process Validation. Each chapter includes discussion around the considerations for applying Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma principles and their tools, culminating in a case study to illustrate the application. The book is organized to reflect the major work centers involved in the drug development lifecycle. Each chapter is stand-alone but together they illustrate the necessary synergy between Lean, Six Sigma and compliance sensibilities required to be successful in the pharmaceutical industry. These design, manufacturing and management techniques are not without their challenges. Bikash Chatterjee's book offers the roadmap for an industry that is struggling to reinvent many of its development and business processes.



Bikash Chatterjee has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biosciences, medical device and diagnostic industries. He is the President and CTO of Pharmatech Associates, and has held senior management positions in operating companies for more than two decades. He has been responsible for the commercialization of products in over 30 different countries around the world. Mr Chatterjee has broad experience in the application of Lean principles and the Lean Six Sigma toolkit for life science operations in multiple regulatory environments. He is also recognized as an industry process expert for Lean Six Sigma, Lean facility design, and has successfully been interpreting and applying Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma principles in the US, European and Emerging Markets for nearly two decades.


’... provides some insights into the considerations that are necessary to be successful in deploying Lean Six Sigma in the pharmaceutical industry. ... has plenty of good graphics and templates demonstrating the application of Lean Six Sigma in the real world. This makes the reading of case studies much more alive than just reading the text. This book is helpful to pharmaceutical industry leaders, practitioners of Lean Six Sigma, and some project managers in the industry. This book is a good read for pharma industry professionals.’ PM World Journal, vol. 3, no. 11