The Future of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

  • Prabir BasuEmail author
  • Thomas Friedli
  • Daniel Bellm


The pharmaceutical industry is definitely a high-tech industry, for its role in discovery of new medicines for the treatment of unmet medical needs. Pharmaceutical manufacturing is complex and sophisticated due to various reasons, but in its current state probably cannot be categorized as really high-tech, too. In fact, pharmaceutical manufacturing was considered as relatively low-tech even by the pharmaceutical companies themselves as recently as in 2002. When ex-FDA commissioner Mark McClellan sought a benchmark for future pharmaceutical manufacturing performance, he looked outside the industry, and challenged Pharma, “You need to improve…Other high-tech industries have achieved enormous productivity gains in manufacturing in the last 25 years. We should expect nothing less from the Pharmaceutical industry.”


Model Predictive Control Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Process Control System Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Drug Shortage 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharma Manufacturing and cGMP ConsultantMt ProspectUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Technology ManagementUniversity of St.GallenSt.GallenSwitzerland

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