Biomanufacturing, also known as the biotech or biopharmaceutical industry, is a key player in the world of healthcare and medicine. Unlike traditional pharmaceutical companies – which use chemicals to create many of the drugs and products we use every day – biopharmaceutical companies create products from biological sources, such as cells.
Examples of biopharmaceutical products include the global diabetic drug, insulin, and the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a sector that’s expected to grow at least 2.7% in 2023, efficiency is everything. With our likely increasing reliance on vaccines, reducing the time it takes for products to reach consumers will be crucial. With this in mind, here are several ways biomanufacturing companies can make their processes more efficient.
- Use AI
AI is becoming more commonly used in healthcare – and for good reason. In fact, it’s estimated that the use of AI can cut more than $150 billion off healthcare costs for the US, which is why widespread use of this technology is worth implementing.
AI can reduce the number of manual tasks that have to be carried out by a manufacturing team, meaning the process can be completed more quickly. Many AI programs make use of machine learning, which is when a machine or tool becomes more efficient by itself based on previous experiences.
Machine learning can further increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process and reduce the need for staff at every stage.
- Outsource the Process
If your organization plans on manufacturing a biopharmaceutical product but simply doesn’t have the staff/resources, there’s a simple way around it.
Outsourcing the production process to a company like Scorpius BioManufacturing will save you the cost of having to hire an entire full-time team, plus you’ll enjoy improved efficiency.
Outsourcing is an excellent way to successfully complete a project that interests you without having to take time out of your and your team’s already busy schedule.
- Perform Ongoing Machine Maintenance
There’s nothing that slows down a manufacturing process more than bottlenecks. If some of your machinery isn’t working as efficiently as it should be, this can create a bottleneck in the manufacturing process, which slows down production.
To avoid machines performing poorly, carry out routine maintenance and replace older parts before a problem arises.
- Evaluate Your Production Process
All too often, we commit to sticking to inefficient processes simply because we haven’t taken the time to check whether they’re still working for us.
Run an in-depth audit of your production process. Establish where bottlenecks occur, and ask your production team which stages of the process could (and should) be sped up.
Once you’ve established which parts of the process are slowing you down, put measures in place to combat them, such as new technology, machine maintenance, or even automation.
- Standardize Your Production Process
While many workplace roles suit creativity and spontaneity, manufacturing doesn’t. To ensure that all products you’re producing meet the same standard, set out a standardized way of working and a checklist that staff members can follow to ensure consistent results.