The production of individualized drugs is complex from both a technical and an organizational perspective and differs fundamentally from established processes in the pharmaceutical industry. Individualization raises a variety of novel issues and requires new approaches to production organization and planning. For example, all steps must be carried out individually for each patient. For many years, this was not the focus of established solutions for production planning.
ITWM Team Develops Individually Tailored Solution
To develop a platform that plans and coordinates these processes is the task of the team around Dr. Heiner Ackermann, deputy department head of »Optimization – Operations Research« at Fraunhofer ITWM. First, the previous knowledge of the scientists at BioNTech had to be combined with that of the ITWM researchers. »Finding a common language, a common understanding of the process, was an essential part of our work,« says Ackermann. Modeling, structuring, and analysis of data and processes followed. The end result was software that could be used to plan and organize the manufacturing processes for individual drugs and provide a completion forecast for each patient.