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Supply Chain Geeky: Managing through the challenges of COVID-19 with an eye to what’s at stake

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Complex manufacturing processes and supply chains have always been part of the biopharma industry story, with many people in more than a few nations typically involved along the way. While that observation applies to plenty of other areas of business, Paul Testa, executive vice president for operations and supply chain at Tokyo-based Kyowa Kirin, tells us about the crucial difference with medicine: “We can wait for toilet paper or building materials, but the patient cannot wait because their health care is at stake,” he said. Continuity, reliability of supply, business process and automation were all key priorities for him before the pandemic and haven’t drastically changed since. But “there’s an added layer of complexity with COVID and a lot of the intricacies of managing those details that we all deal with,” he said. How does the Japanese concept of 和 (wa) fit in? Listen to find out.


Paul Testa
Executive vice president for operations and supply chain
Kyowa Kirin

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The BioWorld Insider Podcasts provides timely and focused one-on-one interviews with the same key sources typically interviewed for articles such as company founders, executives, top researchers and regulators. Topics are prioritized based on the same criteria we use when selecting news to feature in BioWorld, which for more than 30 years reports the breaking news — and provides key perspective — on hundreds of therapeutics and devices in development, the companies behind those candidates, the business development transactions that evolve the markets, and the regulatory hurdles that both challenge and guard the processes.