Applying Lean Six Sigma in the Pharmaceutical Industry


pmwj28-nov2014-Tripathi-BOOK COVERBook Title: Applying Lean Six Sigma in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Author: Bikash Chatterjee
Publisher: Gower publishing
List Price:   US$95.00
Format: Hard cover; 152 pages
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 978-0-566-09204
Reviewer:      Arvind Tripathi, PMP, MBB, ASQ Certified Manager for Quality & Org. Excellence
Review Date:            October 2014


According to the author, this book is designed to provide a glimpse into how the theory behind Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma relates to the pharmaceutical environment. This book takes the theory of Lean Manufacturing and put it into action.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Each chapter of the book starts the discussion around the major principles to consider for the application of LSS concepts and tools and then concludes in a case study application for that concept or tool.

This book is organized to reflect each major work centers in the drug development life cycle. It starts with product life cycle & quality philosophy and then focuses on each major area such as, product development, analytical laboratory, pilot plant, and manufacturing floor. It ends with a chapter on the framework for process analytical technology.


Although there are numerous case studies available from different industries, pharma industry has been slow in deploying this methodology. This book provides some insights into the considerations that are necessary to be successful in deploying Lean Six Sigma in pharmaceutical industry.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj28-nov2014-Tripathi-REVIEWERArvind Tripathiflag-usa

Dallas, TX, USA

Arvind Tripathi is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt & Continuous Improvement Coach at Flowserve in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean & Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), and a Certified Manager for Quality & Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) from American Society for Quality (ASQ) with 20+ years of professional experience in project and program management.

Arvind has delivered impressive business results in Aerospace, Automotive, Chemicals, Management consulting, Oil & Gas, Technology and Service industries. He has an MBA in Finance from Wichita State University, MS in Engineering Management from the University of Oklahoma and BS in Mechanical Engineering from India. He has been active in PMI, IIE, ASQ and a past National Baldrige Examiner.

He can be contacted at [email protected]

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