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BSMA Board Seeks Nominations for "The SCM Excellence Awards in Biotech"

Calabasas, CA – WEBWIRE

Instituted in 2014 by the Board of Advisors, they are soliciting nominations for the 2015 “Annual Industry Awards for Excellence in Supply Chain Management in the Biotech Industry”. 

Over the last eight years, BSMA has been engaged in promoting collaboration among the manufacturers, suppliers, technology enablers, academia, trade associations and governmental agencies to significantly increase productivity, quality, safety, patient care and government compliance through excellence in supply chain management.  The principles and practices of supply chain management continue to help transform the biotech industry from science of business.

The awards will be based on peer nominations with final selections being performed by the BSMA Awards Committee. Nominations are to include a 300-word description of the project accomplished with facts about objective, program, implementation, cost and benefits. Certain specific areas for excellence in SCM consideration are supply chain collaboration, clinical supply, strategic sourcing, information technology, automation technology, SCM talent development, risk management, temperature-controlled distribution and cold chain, distribution, emerging markets, patient care and governmental compliance.

Awards will be considered for each segment of the supply chain, namely, Biotech Manufacturer, Distributor, Supplier of Service, Provider of Technology, Academia and Industry Trade Association. Nominations can be submitted from May to August 2015. The awards will be presented at the Annual Conference of BSMA on October 15-16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.

The 2014 SCM Excellence Award was won by the Bayer HealthCare-Biotech Supply Chain team that led a multi-site, cross-functional project to develop a more efficient cold chain process, ensuring appropriate temperature maintenance while delivering the same high-quality level biologics product. Overall, the project created value for stakeholders, reduced Bayer’s carbon footprint, met customer needs, increased safety and improved the work/life balance for Bayer employees by reducing overtime hours. The winners were specially recognized for Bayer’s exceptional implementation of cross-functional collaboration of the teams of warehouse and material management, global supply chain management, global logistics and customer service, QA compliance, QA stability and QA validation. The winning team consisted of Bob Russey, Warehouse Manager; Carol Kisling, Compliance Specialist; Gerald Stonebarger, Warehouse Supervisor; Derek Wilkinson, QA Validation & Compliance Specialist; June Aguilar, Transportation & Customer Service Manager; and, the Project Leader Wahiba Hall, Senior Manager, Global Logistics/Cold Chain Management.

The Bio Supply Management Alliance, which organizes the Conference, was born of the need to create a worldwide community of operations and supply chain management leaders and professionals in the biotech, biopharma, and biomedical device industries. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than 400 bio firms, the Alliance provides a forum for collaboration, learning and best practice sharing of practitioners, executives and thought leaders in these uniquely demanding industries. 

Because life depends on usTM, the Bio Supply Management Alliance supports continuous learning and improvement of bio supply management professionals.

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