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Project Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry – Achieving Good Governance

In 2016, the FDA approved less than 50% of the drugs from the previous year. Why?

This white paper on project management in the pharmaceutical industry explores the reasoning behind this and explains the latest cost models involved in bringing a drug from discovery to the patient.

We chronicle the overall challenges that pharma companies face today before describing some specific challenges when it comes to project management in the pharmaceutical industry. We highlight the function of Enterprise Project Management Offices (EPMOs) and how they enables organizations to respond quickly to changes by establishing techniques and processes that provide visibility standardization, measurement, and process improvement.

Project portfolio management software allows project managers and senior management to more efficiently bring new pharmaceutical products to market, from discovery to R&D to marketing, providing insight, control, and competitive edge.


“Even though technology has changed the Pharmaceutical landscape forever, the scientific processes and methodologies are still understandably thoughtful, deliberate, and oftentimes slow. Speeding up research projects has dangerous consequences. Making scientists accountable for success-driven projects is also fraught with danger.

On average, it takes at least ten years for a new medicine to complete the journey from initial discovery to the marketplace, with clinical trials alone taking six to seven years on average. How do we, or should we increase scientific productivity? Pharma’s output level has remained more or less at a stable level for the past decade. And there is little reason to believe that this productivity will suddenly increase any time soon. Precision or personalized medicine, to get the right patient the right treatment at the right dose, the first time can potentially be addressed by technological advancements.

The harsh reality is that through increased consumer demand, shorter research and development lifecycles, and cut-throat competition, the pharmaceutical industry is moving faster than ever. Some would argue that pharmaceutical companies suffer from a legacy of “the old guard” style of management where the cultural environment can feel similar to the public sector. Massive organizations need to change and change fast if they are to survive. “

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