Kaizen procedures evolved in the automobile industry. Therefore, most of Kaizen literature, publications, books, cite Kaizen implementation in factories such as Toyota, Ford, Mazda and the like. But work practices within pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industry are different from the auto sector. Regulations, customer demands, competitor landscape, product criteria, facility and environmental needs as well as employee skills within pharmaceutical (medical devices and biotech) companies are extremely stringent and totally different from the automobile industry. Therefore, 'as is' Kaizen practices from auto sector won't work for pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech organizations. Kaizen needs to be customized for these life science industries, to achieve its full benefits. So far, there has been no book on Kaizen that is customized for such industries. For over a decade, the author, Dr. Shruti Bhat has successfully completed more than 250 Kaizen, Lean Six Sigma and other continuous improvement projects worldwide within pharmaceuticals NHP, medical devices, biotech and healthcare sectors, and felt it will be beneficial to share those techniques and experiences. In addition to explaining all the general Kaizen process features, implementation, and application, this book also provides a structured approach to designing Kaizen strategies, practices and implementation for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies. This book will be most applicable to small to medium-size companies. It will demystify Kaizen and help business leaders in pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and all life sciences organizations, irrespective of their size or workplace culture. It will also provide practical and useful examples and case studies of Kaizen principles that can be executed at various levels across the organization as well as for yourself as an individual to further your personal career. And last but not the least, it will help to improve revenues and create a lasting profitable change by using Kaizen principles and techniques.
Shruti is a Quality-by-Design and Continuous Improvement Expert with a Ph.D in Pharmaceutics, MBA, and Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Shruti has turned around failing companies to successful enterprises, helped solve cash-flow problems, improved Operations/ Service levels, and PROFITS. She has successfully driven over 1000 projects on Continuous Improvement, Business process redesign, and Innovation-by-design thinking to satisfied clients worldwide. Shruti specializes in pharmaceuticals, bulk drugs, biotech, engineering, natural products, foods & beverages, medical devices, chemicals, and cosmetics industry verticals. She works with startups, small to mid-size and growing companies in Canada, India, US, Europe and New Zealand to turn strategy and innovation into measurable profits. Strategic Innovation Management: Through her customized "Innovation-by- Design" methodology, Shruti provides cutting- edge concepts to create affordable quality products that are "Tough to copy." She helps clients gain first-mover advantage via Design-Thinking based Lean Innovations and drives business growth. She is an authority in 32 different hi-tech manufacturing technologies, including 3D Printing. Strategic Continuous Improvement: Shruti's efforts facilitate her clients to reduce operation costs, backorders, variations, defects and product returns. She designs and drives implementation of eighteen proven business improvement methodologies, such as Kaizen, 5S, Lean Six Sigma, JIT, Poka-Yoke, Hoshin Kanri, CAPA, TQM, Quality-by-design, Agile By strategic use of these techniques, she has significantly reduced production cycle times, COGs (cost of goods) and increased operational efficiency. She has helped build enterprise teams and coached more than 12,000 employees on topics such as DOE, Continuous improvement, Innovation, and Design thinking. Shruti is Managing Director at Innoworks Inc. a Canadian Management Consulting company with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. She has authored 5 books, over 90 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and has 25 patents to her credit. Get in touch with Shruti: Website: http: //www.drshrutibhat.com/ LinkedIn: https: //www.linkedin.com/in/drshrutibhat Twitter: https: //twitter.com/shrutiubhat YouTube: https: //www.youtube.com/user/shrutibhat10 Facebook: https: //www.facebook.com/Innoworks.Inc Google+: https: //plus.google.com/+ShrutiBhat Pinterest: https: //www.pinterest.com/drshrutibhat