Pfizer will build a biologics plant in China, where it will make biosimilars for the Chinese market but also for sale throughout the world. The New York drugmaker has turned to GE for construction of the facility, which has developed a modular construction process that will cut the cost and allow the plant to be operational in about 18 months, instead of three years.
Since opening last month, the new Stanford Children's Health Specialty Services - Sunnyvale clinic has received the best patient satisfaction survey results of any of Stanford Children's Health 60-some facilities. The health-care company attributes the high patient satisfaction levels, in large part, to a real-time location system that enables the staff to find patients, personnel and assets efficiently, says Lee Kwiatkowski, Stanford Children's Health's director of ambulatory transformation.
You probably don't think of Henry Schein as a technology company. In fact, you probably don't think of Henry Schein at all. At No. 268 on the Fortune 500, it is one of the least known names on the list, in the most mundane of businesses - wholesaling supplies to dentists. But Henry Schein has managed to place itself at the center of a technological revolution. It has turned its dull-as-mouthwash catalogue business into the leading platform for digital dentistry, and increasingly for other medical practices.
Having a supply chain strategy is equally important for midsize companies as it is for enterprise-level firms. In Part I of this series, here are some of the key high-level approaches you can adapt from your bigger business counterparts.