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Sanofi prides itself on providing patients with on time, quality products to help them live healthier lives.

By Bianca Herron

As one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, Sanofi takes pride in making a difference in its patients’ lives and ultimately enabling them to enjoy a healthier life.

Sanofi’s U.S. headquarters are in Bridgewater, N.J., and it employs more than 15,000 people domestically. It consists of four key businesses: Sanofi Genzyme (specialty care), Sanofi Pasteur (vaccines), Pharma (prescription drugs and generics within the diabetes cardiovascular and general medicines franchises) and Chattem (consumer healthcare division).

“We are a major healthcare provider of pharmaceuticals,” Stefan Roehr, Vice President of North American Supply Chain, says. “In 2016, we had net sales of more than $33 billion. On a global scale, we have over 100,000 employees working in more than 100 countries.”

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Covenant HealthCare leans into the supply chain challenges within the facilities it operates.

By Jim Harris

With more than 100 years of history, Covenant HealthCare is an independent, locally owned and operated organization supporting multiple locations throughout mid-Michigan - this provides both advantages and challenges.

“Having to support supply chain management in an older infrastructure can be a bit of a challenge, but what I think is nice about our environment here, especially from a supply chain leader perspective, is that as an independent organization we have the ability to craft solutions with more flexibility and creativity than larger systems,” says Mike Rossi, director of supply chain for the Saginaw, Michigan-based health system.

Covenant HealthCare formed in 1998 following the merger of two long-standing local hospitals into a single entity. Both hospitals were established in the late 1800s and underwent a number of building projects and renovations in the decades before the merger.

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Oliver helps to ensure patient safety by delivering high quality packaging to the healthcare  industry.

By Alan Dorich

When patients undergo surgery, have a medical issue, or need medication, they do it with the idea that the tools, devices and medication has been produced in a sterile,  and clean environment. As a medical packaging manufacturer, Oliver Healthcare Packaging plays an important part in this process, Director of Global Supply Chain Adam Vincent says.

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Oliver provides flexible, sterile packaging for products used in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biologics, and drugs/device markets. The company started operations in 1890 as a wood trimmer and saw manufacturer.

“We then moved into bread slicing equipment and food packaging,” Vincent explains, adding that the company then added printing and labeling technology. “That’s how we got into the flexible packaging industry, and adhesive coating technology.”

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Biogen is using big data analytics to find suppliers and analyze their bid information to deliver a new level of savings.

By Alan Dorich

When you are combatting neurological, autoimmune and rare diseases, you cannot fall behind in the market and let game-changing solutions slip through the cracks. Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen provides advanced treatment options through its products, as well as within its supply chain.

The company, which started operations in 1978, develops, markets and manufactures disease therapies, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Walter Charles III says. For example, “We have the industry’s most robust product portfolio for ailments like multiple sclerosis,” he says.

Biogen also addresses spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients through Spinraza, a new ground-breaking therapy that was launched earlier this year. “It’s now being launched in a number of countries around the world,” he says.

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