Clinical Supply Chain Forecasting, Simulation and Optimization
Optimizer is BioClinica's powerful forecasting and demand planning technology used by the world's largest pharmaceutical companies to manage global logistics of the clinical supply chain. Managing supplies based on demand creates opportunities for savings and efficiencies in numerous areas, eliminating the high cost of waste as well as shortages that threaten timelines, budgets and even study integrity.
Today's trials involve more patients, more sites, more countries and more uncertainty than ever before. The number and complexity of issues affecting supply chains has also grown to include costly comparator drugs, intricate protocols, delicate investigative compounds, adaptive clinical trials, and variable dosing schemes. Added to the mix are increased regulation and country-specific approvals surrounding temperature-controlled drugs, packaging, shipping, and labeling.
Challenging study variables and supply chain factors like these are difficult to manually manage and impossible to forecast using spreadsheets. And when the unexpected happens, whether underestimated country enrollment or an enrollment spike for instance, it can take significant human intervention and monetary resources to correct in time.
Clinical trial professional Buz Hillman explains how his team uses Optimizer
to more accurately predict their supply needs. Read his blog here.
Simulate Real-World Demand Scenarios
Simulation enables planners to identify and mitigate potential supply crises at a global and site level before they happen. When live study data is imported, it allows for stock adjustments to be made, reducing the occurrence of mismatched clinical supplies and demand. It also eliminates associated costs of shipping overruns and subjects lost due to stock outs.
Optimizer maximizes study efficiency and minimizes costs, even for studies involving supplies with special dosing or handling requirements, such as complicated titration, multi-variable dosing, comparators, temperature-sensitive drugs, limited supply situations, and other variables. Effectively managing this level of complexity can avert crises that lead to delayed studies and subject loss.
Optimizer models unpredictable demand over time and uses this information to calculate drug quantity and when and where to ship it. Once maximum demand over time is known, minimum stock levels can be adjusted with confidence. Users are able to define floor (product amount needed to cover unpredictable site events) and ceiling (maximum product amount to be sent to a site) resupply settings.
Optimizer Enterprise Suite
As planning needs vary dependent on protocol complexity, whether at the single study or in-depth program level, BioClinica now offers the most advanced clinical supply simulation tools in both a web and a desktop solution to fit any organization's need.
Optimizer Direct: Streamlined Web-Based Solution
Essential supplies forecasting and planning with straightforward modeling and forecasting ideal for smaller-scale or stand-alone studies
- Point-and-click with color-coded sequence to guide model setup
- Simulate the most common scenarios (define treatment groups, dispensing units/kits, study visit schedules)
- Get a snapshot view of your forecasts complete with charts and graphs
- Give the entire supply team online access to plans and data
Optimizer Advanced: High-Power Desktop Solution
Extended forecasting and planning ideal for large-scale programs and complex studies
- Sophisticated modeling to run multiple scenarios with different variables (Monte Carlo simulation)
- Expanded reports, customizations and extensive drill-down capability
- Determine the best shipping method based on cost, package size, resupply timeline, international tracking, and other factors
- Do complex kit configurations including investigative compounds, devices, and instructions
- Simulate multiple study drug pooling
- Redistribute supplies among depots in an emergency
- Native Integration with Trident and third-party IRT systems
Optimizer Aggregator: Enterprise Demand Planning Module
Assemble cross-study clinical supplies information in a single, cohesive planning system
- Connect people and processes, enabling informed decisions for the utmost confidence in the broader supply chain
- Make purchasing choices based on an optimized global plan
- Combine demand forecasts with manufacturing bill of materials, process, efficiency goals and timelines to determine the manufacturing and packaging plan at all material levels
Web accessible tool
- Forecast the supply chain across ALL STUDIES to any level you desire, from Finished Goods to API
- Know how much drug to manufacture, package, and/or purchase
- Collaborative environment makes it easy to share plans with peers, partners, customers and management
Flexible Deployment Options
BioClinica offers a hybrid service plan tailored to your needs, whether one piece of the supply chain puzzle or optimization at a study or program level. If you choose, BioClinica will forecast supply needs, run simulations, and develop a comprehensive plan with your input. Our team builds models and scenarios using Optimizer Advanced. As a study progresses, our team can revisit forecasts using latest actuals from IRT systems and alert you of changes as well as potential complications.
Select Service Options Right for You:
- Program Level Optimization
- Full Supply Chain Optimization & Planning
Simply log into the web application to view and interact with models and forecasts. Toggle between data views to see program and protocol level forecasts spanning different timeframes.