Every year €39bn worth of pharma and life sciences produce is generated in Ireland by 20 of the world’s top 25 pharma giants. Now all of that faces a digital challenge and opportunity.

Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace in Dublin has launched an 11-week Digital Transformation Executive Programme for life sciences manufacturing companies.

As life sciences manufacturers across the world face increasing challenges in supply chain and production to meet rising demands, many are looking to accelerate their digital journeys to adapt their processes and working practices as required.

“Organisations everywhere must quickly close the gaps between the skills their employees had yesterday and the skills they need to carry the enterprise forward”

The impact of the sector’s success in Ireland in recent years has been significant with the IDA reporting investment of €10bn into new biopharma and biotech production facilities, €39bn worth of pharma, bio and chemistry produce being generated each year and 20 of the world’s top 25 pharma companies located here employing more than 30,000 people in 2019.

Fostering agile, creative thinking

In recognition of the sector’s continued importance and the immediate demand on such organisations to quickly build an agile culture of creative thinking for digital transformation, Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace, has launched a new and unique professional development programme to help.

Offered online and easily accessible, this course will be available to life sciences manufacturing organisations throughout Ireland.

The programme combines the expertise and knowledge of Tangent together with select industry partners in strategy, transformation and project management within the life sciences manufacturing sector.

Over the course of 11 weeks, commencing 1st October, the part-time course will equip key individuals and leaders with the tactics and insights needed to apply digital strategic thinking to their business. The course is founded upon the principles of agile, design thinking and co-creation to provide an all-important foundation for resilience and agility to thrive in the future of sustained uncertainty.

“Organisations everywhere must quickly close the gaps between the skills their employees had yesterday and the skills they need to carry the enterprise forward,” commented Ken Finnegan, CEO at Tangent.

“In life sciences manufacturing, the speed of new technology adoption has been exceptional but true success often hinges on how well-equipped an organisations’ teams are to tailor, adapt to and embrace these new digital solutions. In many cases, this requires new skills, new ways of thinking. We are excited to introduce this programme at a time when urgency is paramount.” 

Tangent will apply its method of experiential learning to the programme with a combination of group sessions, project work, individual online coaching and practical implementation. The course will be delivered mostly through Trinity’s virtual learning environment.

Core concepts such as using human-centred design thinking to create and implement strategies, new processes and culture change will be explored and applied to real-life, relevant challenges in a Life Sciences Manufacturing environment. Follow-up coaching & mentoring will be made available within the subsequent months to all individuals completing the programme.

Finnegan concluded: “We have tailored a very specific course for this sector that will help leading organisations to develop their capabilities to react, be flexible and be ready for constant rapid change. We believe we can help them do just that.”

Pictured at top: Ken Finnegan, CEO at Tangent

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 6 August, 2020

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