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Business context Every project is unique. Every task requires a different effort. Every activity has a lead time that depends on the business context. Shortly, nothing is standard and will not and cannot be standardized. That's how we saw things until our department was dragged into a...

Cell and gene therapies are here, and they’re here to stay. In the last couple of years, very promising results were achieved. Examples include treatments for certain blood cancers that helped patients for which all other available therapies had failed. Another example is a treatment for...

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Business context We are a department of about 450 people. 70% of our work are projects that can be sub-divided into 12 project types with a standardized template. We execute about 1500 projects/year. Our performance drivers are productivity and planning adherence. Improvement potential Projects are supported by different teams...

Business context  In 2014 we implemented the Lean Lab methodology. This enabled a major breakthrough in performance and throughput. In the past few years, we see a significant increase in demand variability, both in products as in volumes. We have reached a point where the existing...

Business context We are an R&D team of scientists that perform experiments in cell culture processing. It is important that the experiment schedule is accurate and that the scientists (mostly in teams of 2) are available at the right timeslots. Bioreactors and downstream equipment is limited in...

About NEOMED- LABS NeomedLabs is a North American based Contract Research Organisation offering high-quality clinical immunology laboratory services. They serve pharmaceutical corporations, biotechnology companies, and healthcare / non-profit organizations with extensive expertise in delivering quality readouts for the clinical development of vaccines and immunotherapies. We interviewed the two...

Our chemical and microbiology lab teams with a headcount of 140 analysts perform release and stability testing for multiple products that are manufactured in our site. The teams are mainly technology-oriented and perform a part of the full test panel. Improvement potential Teams optimize their schedule on...

Most of us think visually and when talking about resource planning often the first thing that comes to mind are Gantt charts. Gantts are great for visually breaking down projects and establishing/communicating timelines, but anybody who has worked with Microsoft Project (or similar packages) knows...

You had appraisal and target setting meetings with the people from your team, but aligning training and operational planning can be a real challenge. Let Binocs help you to ensure that the operational planning considers competence development. Frederik explains how in this short video. Embed employee development in...

Binocs is used for capacity and operational planning in regulatory affairsand uses a RIM system (Regulatory Information Management) as a source of demand. It already integrates with Liquent from PAREXEL. In Q3 2018 we plan to have an operational integration with VEEVA Vault RIM. Binocs provides a machine learning...

GSK Vaccines Global Regulatory Affairs (a team of 400+ people) presented their experiences with Binocs resource planning at the Making Pharmaceuticals conference that was held in Brussels on March 14th. Why did GSK GRA implement resource management? Why did GSK GRA choose for Binocs? And...

Attention! We are approaching main stream. It’s our second time we attend the conference. When listening to the many interesting presentations, we see a clear maturity leap since last year. It looks like resource planning for knowledge workers is approaching the main stream and that’s good...

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Scheduling lab technicians (and equipment) is typically a time consuming job Demand and priorities change daily so the schedule has to be constantly adapted The supervisor needs to optimize campaigns (batching samples) You need to balance service level and lab efficiency overall, not case by case. (on time delivery versus high...

One of the tricks used by the screenplay writers of the 1960s Star Trek TV series to show that Mr. Spock was an intellectual badass was to have him make calculations to a ridiculous degree of accuracy. This ludicrous precision made Mr. Spock legendary, but...

Pharmaceutical products need to be analyzed quickly, accurately and in a timely manner before they are released and distributed to the commercial marketplace (= release testing). Timely is the key word. If releases are slowed down, money is lost. Lab supervisors, responsible for the analyses,...

Binocs goes US. We’ll be presenting and sharing experiences at the Annual Strategic Resource Management conference in Philadelphia. The event attracts over 100 senior R&D executives, sharing best practices and new ideas on how to enhance R&D productivity, forecasting and planning. They participate in round...

Decide as late as possible and keep your options open. I heard this as an intro statement at some conference a long time ago, and for some reason I stored it in my permanent memory. When you read it, it’s obvious. Of course you need to...

Through casual conversations with customers and watching users interact with Binocs, one thing became very clear recently: We could make major improvements on the way users add extra (user configurable) information to Binocs objects. We dug in deeper. We asked a lot of questions. We...

Today, we can search through the entirety of human knowledge in less than one second, but can you search the entirety of the knowledge your company has created? A recent McKinsey report showed that knowledge workers spend an average of 20% of their time every week searching...

I recently stumbled upon a very interesting blog by Vilmos Rajda. He was a believer of the magic bullet project portfolio management sales people promised it to be. But after years of experience he came out a little disillusioned. In his blog he describes the most...

Christmas and New year pulled me away from the day-to-day rush and that was inspiring. The past three years, I focused on how organizations can improve resource utilization, especially for knowledge workers in environments such as engineering, R&D, quality and regulatory operations. In all of our implementations, we have setup...

How lean is your QC lab? Can you easily cope with today’s complexity and volatile demand? More and more QC labs are being asked to constantly increase analyst and asset utilization, improve right-first-time, and decrease lead times. With a resource-planning tool, you create optimal flow...