Addressing Challenges in Pharma Manufacturing through Industry 4.0



Addressing challenges in pharma manufacturing through Industry 4.0

Pharmaceutical manufacturers face unique challenges due to a highly regulated nature of the industry. Evolving healthcare landscape and supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 pandemic are driving innovations changes across the entire value chain. The importance of speeding up activities in order to meet increasing demand globally became a key strategy. This awareness brought them into a retrospective exercise to identify key strategic areas of focus and as a natural consequence by adopting Industry 4.0 approach, pharma manufacturers can improve on key drivers of quality, productivity, speed and flexibility to achieve higher level of integration across the value chain and across the entire product lifecycle.


  • Industry 4.0 in a nutshell

  • Unique challenges for pharmaceutical manufacturers

  • Adopting Industry 4.0 in pharmaceutical environment

  • Success stories on adoption of I4.0 in pharmaceutical manufacturing

  • TÜV SÜD’s approach for Industry 4.0 transformation


Dr. Antonio Feraco

Vice President, TÜV SÜD Digital Service

Dr. Antonio Feraco is a Managing Consultant for Industry 4.0 and Vice President Digital Service at TÜV SÜD. He is responsible for supporting the process manufacturing sector in adopting technologies within the IIOT and Industry 4.0 space to enable end to end integration, improve HSE and optimise efficiency. With a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a MSc in Industrial Engineer and a PMP®, Dr. Antonio ran successful projects in Oil and Gas, Mining and Pharma, and has been part of several international and large initiatives in EU and ASEAN, as a Digitisation and Industry 4.0 expert.


Pushkar Yashvant PendseDr. Pushkar Pendse

Principal Consultant, Industry 4.0, TÜV SÜD Digital Service

Dr. Pushkar Pendse is a Principal Consultant for Advanced Manufacturing at TÜV SÜD. He has close to 8 years of experience in life sciences from drug design, development to advanced manufacturing technologies. He has successfully led multiple projects on advanced analytics and process digital twins across the pharmaceutical product life cycle. Prior to joining the industry, he obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from University of Maryland College Park, USA with a specialisation in high-performance computing of biological systems.

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