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New Environments

Current biologic, pharmaceutical and emerging personalised medicine development environments are rapidly evolving. Production processes, including single-use, continuous and new therapy modalities, are driving commercial operations to evolve quickly to keep pace. Strategic partners are working to integrate key technologies, allowing stakeholders to realise the promise of Industry 4.0.

The pharma sector has always been challenged to swiftly innovate while staying within regulatory compliance boundaries. Inside product development and clinical or commercial manufacturing disciplines, this field is again being asked to acquire, contextualise and deliver data from sources in ways once thought too expensive or technically challenging to achieve.

The future of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is extremely promising, with an estimated potential benefit of $1 trillion. This kind of figure is astounding, but how can manufacturers get started with capturing some of this value? Rather than looking to revolutionise business by transforming the entire infrastructure model, many companies are seeing results by starting small and focusing on specific problems that have been difficult to solve with existing methods. Leveraging technologies currently in use has allowed organisations to begin delivering quality.

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Jeff Hackney is a Life Sciences Business Leader at Emerson. He focuses on combining technology and strategy into successful customer-focused solutions for global manufacturers in the industry. He has spent 30 years in automation, split between the US Navy and Emerson where he has served the life sciences industry at Emerson for the last nine years. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in IT, and his previous areas of automation specialisation include operator training and simulation. 

Mike Boudreaux is Director of Connected Services at Emerson. Prior to his current role, he held various positions in engineering, product management, marketing and sales at Emerson, Alcoa and AkzoNobel. Mike is a widely published author in the process industries and specialises in developing IIoT-enabled automation solutions for organisations in the life sciences, power, oil and gas, refining and chemicals industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Houston, US, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, US. 

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