Year: 2015-16

Company: BioMarin

Liaison(s): Mark Naber, Eric Silberstein

BioMarin is a leading biopharmaceutical firm focused
on developing first-in-class or best-in-class treatments
for patients with rare (orphan) genetic diseases.
The company was founded in 1997, employs 2,000
associates, and currently operates in the United States,
South America, Asia, and Europe. In 2014, BioMarin
earned revenues of $751 million with five approved
and marketed products: Vimizim®, Naglazyme®,
Aldurazyme®, Firdapse®, and Kuvan®. BioMarin’s
headquarters in Novato, CA, manages its business
processes and logistics operation.
BioMarin is interested in developing and implementing
a supply chain visibility platform to provide shipment
level data collection from air, truck, and parcel
carriers. BioMarin is looking to improve supply
chain visibility in order to optimize their logistics
operations. This will be done by analyzing carrier
metrics, standardized internal performance metrics,
and lane utilization metrics. The ideal platform would
provide a holistic view of all supply chain activities,
including: costs, end-to-end inventory visibility across
multiple supply chain nodes, global in-transit inventory
with dynamic estimated time of arrival (ETAs), and
contextual reporting to provide quick access to supply
chain status. With five approved products and many
potential drugs in the pipeline,
The BioMarin Supply Chain Visibility TMP team
researched promising solutions and vendors based on
their relevant experience in the life sciences industry,
functionality, cost, and potential for successful long-
term business partnerships. The team compiled reports
and summaries of each of the supply chain solutions
to assist BioMarin in identifying a suitable supply
chain visibility platform. The team also facilitated
non-disclosure agreements between select vendors
and BioMarin in order to complete documentation of
business requirements as well as reconcile validation
specifications. Completion of this project will allow
BioMarin to proceed with project implementation,
which includes a pilot project shipping lane. Finally,
the team has produced information that will enable
BioMarin to select an appropriate supply chain
visibility platform that meets their business needs,