Shrinking Big Pharma

Why building smaller manufacturing plants is the next big thing

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Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, the growing trend in pharma is looking at ways to shrink the industry’s plant-floor footprint down.A few months ago, Amgen announced plans to build a new “next-generation” manufacturing facility in Rhode Island, which will be modeled on the company’s highly innovative plant in Singapore. What makes it cutting edge? Its smaller size. According to Amgen, its Singapore facility occupies about one-fifth the size of a traditional pharma plant but maintains a comparable level of output. It was also built in half the time and at a fraction of the price of a conventional plant ­— a new measure of efficiency Amgen intends to…

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