Christian Fortunel

Christian Fortunel

Manufacturing software specialist LZ Lifescience is set to launch its latest product to the global pharmaceutical industry in a bid to shake up the marketplace by offering manufacturers ‘affordable access’ to a Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

Shopfloor-Online is a well-established, web-based product that has already been installed with hundreds of customers in different sectors across the world and the creation of the Lifescience edition has extended its functionality to meet the demanding MES requirements of the life science sector.

Driven by market demand, its launch comes at a time when there is increased pressure on IT and infrastructure spend across the pharmaceutical and outsourcing industry, which has become a reported industry issue during the last few years. Designed specifically for pharmaceutical companies, the online production management system focuses on plant operations so materials flow smoothly to help companies achieve ‘Right First Time’ manufacturing and faster product release.

To bolster its global launch initiative, LZ Lifescience has secured the services of high-profile MES executive Christian Fortunel to run its operations in the US as vice president and increase the software’s global reach. Tim Barber, chairman and board director at LZ Lifescience, said: “We are delighted to have Christian on board and his appointment comes at a very exciting time as we launch our new MES product to the world.”

“We firmly believe current MES options on the market are price prohibitive for most tier-two pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology and contract manufacturing organizations. Our aim with Shopfloor-Online is to therefore disrupt the sector by providing manufacturers of all sizes a genuinely affordable option to automate production management systems.  Our software allows organizations to simultaneously manage scheduling, production execution, workflow, quality and inventory all in place to increase plant production efficiency, reduce the risk and meet current regulations,” he added.

“It significantly reduces the pricing barriers and complex nature of the traditional MES, without sacrificing functionality. By reducing errors, costs and waste, Shopfloor-Online will boost productivity by 25%. With this in mind, we are confident most clients will realize a return on investment in just a year,” said Tim.

With more than 15 years’ experience in providing production management solutions to the lifescience industry, Christian has worked in the software sector in numerous executive positions. New appointment Christian said: “I am very excited to join LZ Lifescience. With its Shopfloor-Online software product, I believe it offers, by far, the best value to the life science industry to establish electronic records that meet all regulatory requirements. There is a mindset change under way across the industry with regards to firms being open about adopting and deploying web-based solutions and online tools so the timing of our launch could not be better. By offering companies a modular approach to pick, choose and build functionality based on their process and facility requirements, we are providing clients a level of flexibility that is not currently available on the market”

Supported by a strong engineering division, the well-established Shopfloor-Online is already used by hundreds of clients worldwide. This new version will assist life science companies with improved regulatory compliance, lower production costs, a centralized point of information, increased equipment efficiency and reduced waste and inventory. By replacing traditional paper-based systems with MES, companies are able to deal with exceptions in real-time so that batch records and device history records can be reviewed in parallel with manufacturing rather than post production.