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    BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PROGRAM > Consulting

    ASPIRE is a grant program for undergraduate researchers working with Clark School faculty on projects with commercial potential

    CONSULTING

    Productivity Enhancement: Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Consulting

    The most successful biomanufacturing companies utilize their resources efficiently. They bring products to market faster, meet production deadlines, and minimize waste. The Biotechnology Research and Education Program's Productivity Enhancement consulting component applies improved manufacturing techniques to biomanufacturing.

    BREP consultants' areas of expertise include facility design and layout, process optimization and load balancing, material handling, logistics, and cellular manufacturing. They can also help companies be more productive in:

    • Workforce practices
    • Equipment selection/upgrades
    • Bioprocess monitoring and control
    • Process optimization
    • Cleaning and changeover time reduction
    • Maintenance practices
    • Mistake-proofing and standardization
    • Quality procedures and policies
    • Information flows

    BREP staff utilize the following four-step approach for biomanufacturing consulting:

    STEP 1:

    OPPORTUNITY IDENTIFICATION

    BREP staff will assess how your plant gets things done, work with you to identify a baseline, and identify high impact productivity enhancement opportunities.

    STEP 2:

    SOLUTION DESIGN

    A plan is developed that details specific improvement opportunities, as well as recommended implementation methods and processes.

    STEP 3:

    IMPLEMENTATION

    BREP staff will help implement the plan developed in step two. This may involve mentoring, facilitation, knowledge transfer, and joint efforts with your company's team. Pertinent training is provided to assure workforce understanding, buy-in, and commitment.

    STEP 4:

    CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

    Productivity enhancement is an ongoing exercise.  As your plant's productivity improves and gets closer to meeting your business objectives, it is important to keep the momentum going. BREP staff can help measure your performance, hone your competitive edge, and continually improve plant productivity.

    Companies planning a facility expansion or relocation can take advantage of the BREP staff's expert advice for tasks including contractor review, new equipment selection, and floor layout design. Biotech team members can create computer simulations of the proposed facility to help companies evaluate alternative processing flows, while process development solutions can be tested in the BSF.

    Perform higher, faster, and more efficiently by employing BREP's Productivity Enhancement consulting services.