Reduce R&D Costs by Simplifying Procurement: Enhance Efficiency, Increase Compliance and Save Costs

Life Sciences, Medical Device, Medical Device Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical,
  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Simplifying ProcurementWith global spending set to increase in the life-sciences and healthcare industry, cost-containment initiatives are becoming critical. This webinar explores the challenges faced by researchers who struggle with inefficient procurement systems and outlines a strategic approach through which life sciences organizations can leverage intelligent procurement processes to enhance R&D productivity and lower the cost of sourcing.

Challenges in R&D procurement

Procurement for any R&D project beings with identifying requirements such as lab supplies, reagents, compounds, etc. While most organizations have internal systems through which some of these items can be found, cost-effective and efficient procurement remains a challenge. Most of these systems include multiple vendors, require manual operations and have complex rules and convoluted processes that cause significant delays in releasing purchase orders (POs).

In cases where these ingredients/supplies cannot be sourced internally, external suppliers must be identified. Here, ad hoc purchasing of supplies involves complex requisition forms, additional approvals and the possibility of procurement delays – all of which translate to increased cost and extended timelines.

The struggle does not end there. After an order is placed, researchers often spend precious hours managing orders and invoices. They have to track the approval of each request from purchase order to supplier, address supplier invoices and handle payments. In large organizations that have several labs across the world, such a process is usually inefficient as spending cannot be aggregated across the laboratory network. This inevitably raises cost and impairs buying efficiency.

Such a disparate system of procurement is unable to support intelligent collaboration between suppliers and researchers. Life sciences organizations need to act with urgency to mitigate the negative consequences of inefficient procurement systems and processes that lead to:

  • Higher cost – Ad hoc purchasing does not provide the flexibility of mature supplier relationships that allow for changes, returns, replacements, and better pricing.

  • Lower productivity – Managing new and existing supplier relationships requires time and effort that can be better utilized within core R&D activities.

  • Poor visibility – Manual processes prevent visibility into expenditure and supplier selection, both of which are critical factors for reducing cost and streamlining spend.

  • Increased risk – Besides late deliveries, the lack of procurement visibility can increase the risks associated with fraudulent suppliers and spurious ingredients, creating additional compliance issues.

Join us for this webinar to learn how to deal with the above mentioned challenges in R&D procurement and employ a strategic buying approach.


Gurdeep S. Rooprai, Global Client Partner, Life Sciences Practice, Infosys Limited

Gurdeep has 20 years of experience in Client Relationship Management, Account Management, Contract Management, and Service Delivery across Life Sciences, Healthcare and Insurance segment. He has experience of partnering with and managing large and strategic relationships for several years spread globally and cutting across several service lines including Consulting, Transformational Programs, Support & Maintenance, Infrastructure Management and Business Operations. Gurdeep leverages internal competencies as well as external partners to align with client objectives and deliver the best in class solutions for the clients.

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Shubham Tripathi, Client Parter (Americas) - Source to Pay, EdgeVerve Systems (Infosys Limited)

Shubham has over 16 years of experience in the Source to Pay domain and has worked with multiple global organizations in their procurement transformation process. He comes with Extensive Source to Pay consulting and solution design experience, with a special focus on organizations in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry.

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Who Should Attend?

Senior professionals from large biopharmaceutical/medical device companies and CROs involved in R&D productivity, sourcing and procurement.

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