Coronavirus (COVID-19) stands to cost the global economy trillions as manufacturing facilities around the globe slow down production, restrict pharma operator interaction and adhere to world-wide travel bans. Without the ability for SMEs, vendors, auditors, regulators and employees to enter the manufacturing suite, organizations are left scrambling for solutions to troubleshoot, collaborate, transfer methods and conduct audits and tours during large scale shut downs.
In response to this global pandemic, Apprentice.io has been sending hundreds of "Tandem" Rapid Deployment Kits to pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities around the globe to ensure that kits are physically on-site for ECP (Emergency Contingency Planning), and facilities whose operations have already been, or will soon be, significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Tandem is the industry's only compliant, language-independent solution that breaks the barrier between in-suite and out-of-suite collaboration, troubleshooting and guidance, ultimately minimizing the devastating operational impact of this virus.
“We realized how disruptive COVID-19 was on pharma manufacturing when our largest clients, who are responsible for some of the world’s most important drugs, called us asking how fast we could ship our device kits to their facilities,” Angelo Stracquatanio, CEO & Co-founder of Apprentice.io said.
The kits are customizable and come with the enterprise ready Tandem software pre-loaded on proprietary hands-free, cleanroom-compliant augmented reality smart glasses. The kits also include applicable in-suite/lab accessories.
Apprentice is receiving a rapidly increasing number of kit requests from pharma organizations, manufacturers, suppliers and outsourcing partners looking for a fast and easy pharma compliant solution to ensure continuity of operations and supply chain preservation.
How Tandem Minimizes the COVID-19 Impact to Operations
In-suite operators connect with out-of-suite subject matter experts, CROs/CMOs, suppliers and equipment vendors without having to gown up and enter a facility.
Remote troubleshooting overcomes barriers to collaboration and training in complex manufacturing and R&D environments.
The transfer of methods and processes between internal and outsourced sites is conducted remotely through Tandem, eliminating the need for travel.
Remote acceptance testing, as well as facility tours are conducted with a clean-room ready Tandem kit, despite restricted travel or shut downs.
Immediate, clear collaboration across manufacturing teams, especially during critical moments, is one of the most significant components to a successful supply chain; however, current solutions fall short. Traditional conferencing tools cannot be used within manufacturing and personal phones are either not allowed, present a contamination problem, or pose a safety concern when an operator needs both hands.
Apprentice will continue to deploy Tandem kits to life science organizations around the globe so manufacturers can reduce the impact to operations from this global crisis, helping to ensure that the flow of life saving medications is not disrupted.