WALLDORF — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the launch of SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences, a public cloud network that makes collaboration easier for pharmaceutical supply chain trading partners.
The information hub for life sciences was designed to reduce drug counterfeiting and follows directives issued by governments worldwide requiring the serialization of drugs and commensurate compliant reporting. It significantly reduces the cost and risk of implementing required collaboration capabilities. The hub evolved from a pharmaceutical network developed by SAP and several large pharmaceutical wholesalers and manufacturers, including Boehringer Ingelheim and AmerisourceBergen. It uses a digital network built on SAP Cloud Platform and enables trading partners to exchange large amounts of serialization and associated traceability data.
“We are really excited to be a part of the new SAP product known as SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences,” said Jeff Denton, senior director, AmerisourceBergen Global Secure Supply Chain. “We have utilized this tool in a number of pilots supporting our efforts to be compliant with the latest U.S. FDA regulations. It supports our need for a single point of entry or exit while sharing business transaction information with trading partners in a secure environment.”
SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences initially will focus on traceability scenarios and then will expand to include a broader range of pharmaceutical supply chain processes, specifically those related to Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) regulatory compliance and those requiring the exchange of upstream batch data for multistep batch genealogy.
“SAP Information Collaboration Hub for Life Sciences, formerly known as the Pharma Network, turned out to be the right solution at the right time for Boehringer Ingelheim,” said Mary Mercado, head of Global IT Operations Services, Boehringer Ingelheim. “Connection to SAP Cloud Platform enables us to integrate third parties much more quickly into serialization processes in an agile supply chain and to vastly improve drug traceability.”
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