The Development Lab is the New Frontier of Lean Management

by Lasse Mønsted
Volume 6, Issue 1 (Spring 2007)

The “Lean” manufacturing process management methodology is derived largely from Toyota Motor Corporation’s automotive production system, implemented as a response to the problems they observed within their production facilities over 50 years ago. The principle of reducing costs by eliminating waste—also known as “Lean Thinking”—has been gaining momentum as a continuous improvement philosophy for all sorts of industries outside of its automotive industry origins. In recent years, we have seen several examples of successful Lean implementations in the pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Multinational corporations such as Merck, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline have reported significant gains by applying Lean not only to manufacturing, but also in critical areas like quality control, regulatory adherence, and administration management…

Mønsted L. The Development Lab is the New Frontier of Lean Management. BioProcess J, 2007; 6(1): 50-54.