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Paper Chase

If you were to compare the 21st century pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector with how it started life, you would barely recognise it as the same industry. Its roots go back to when apothecaries and pharmacies offered traditional – but often hit-and-miss – treatments based on old wives’ tales and word of mouth. Today, it is built on a variety of scientific expertise and innovative technologies that are changing the way in which medicines are manufactured. However, despite these advances, many companies are still reliant on processes that are supported by paper documentation and printed forms.

Information scientists have discussed and envisioned the concept of a paperless society – a world in which paper communications and documents are replaced by electronic storage – since the late 1970s, but it is only in recent years that this has become a standard business objective. In the past decade, organisations from almost every industry have committed to becoming ‘greener’, often starting by reducing or eliminating paper-based processes in favour of a digital approach.

By taking advantage of the solutions that today’s technology offers, firms are able to reduce errors, collect accurate records and streamline operations.

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Robert Harrison leads the Pharmaceutical Division at COPADATA. With over 20 years of international experience, he has served in varying management and engineering roles across industry and research, gaining his BSc in Electronic Engineering while working at CERN, Switzerland. Robert is currently responsible for driving strategy, technology development, global growth and worldwide performance of zenon technology in the life sciences sector.
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