OSAKA, Japan and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 26, 2022 – Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) has awarded the company top honors in the Supply Chain and Pharma 4.0™ categories for the 2022 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA). In the Supply Chain category, Takeda was awarded for its implementation of a new patient-focused supply chain for its allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell therapy; and Takeda’s vaccine production facility in Singen, Germany, won in the Pharma 4.0 category.
“Our approach to manufacturing is driven by our unwavering commitment to address patient needs. These awards further reinforce this mission and showcase the innovation taking place at our state-of-the-art facilities to develop and deliver breakthrough treatments,” says Thomas Wozniewski, global manufacturing and supply officer at Takeda. “We’re proud to be recognized by ISPE in two FOYA categories and look forward to continuing our digital transformation.”
The Supply Chain FOYA recognizes the novel application of principles, systems and management tools aimed at improving operational speed, robustness and response. This award acknowledges Takeda’s work to completely rethink the supply chain management program for Takeda’s first allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell therapy, of which the time for final product to patient administration is just 72 hours. Due to the short shelf-life of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell therapy and the need for seamless cold chain transportation, speed is essential. Takeda introduced a cloud-based control tower platform to connect its ecosystem (hospitals, transportation companies, plants, business units) for a “make to order” process. The platform enables hospitals to book a manufacturing slot directly via a web portal, then track the final product delivery status through end-to-end visibility and alerts at each step of the supply chain.
In the Pharma 4.0 category, ISPE recognizes facilities which showcase how innovation in advanced digital technologies leads to improved outcomes in terms of safety, product quality and productivity in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Takeda’s vaccine facility in Singen, Germany was built with state-of-the-art process equipment and layered with advanced digital technologies in key areas. In addition, Takeda has a sponsored research collaboration with the School of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop the application to increase inspection accuracy and reduce low false reject rates during routine operations.
Established in 2004, the Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) recognizes state-of-the-art projects utilizing new, innovative technologies to improve the quality of products, reduce the cost of producing high-quality medicines, and demonstrate advances in project delivery. The FOYA program provides a platform for the pharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry to showcase its accomplishments in facility design, construction, and operations, while sharing the development of new applications of technology and cutting-edge approaches. For more information, visit https://ispe.org/facility-year-awards.
Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
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