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Digital roadmap defines the success of technology initiatives 

Amit Saluja, Senior Director and Head, NASSCOM CoE, explains the role of technology in pharma manufacturing, while also shedding light on the Smart Manufacturing Forum for MSMEs, in an exclusive interview with Akanki Sharma 

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In what ways can technology adoption be the key for pharma manufacturing transformation? Tell us about the role played by NASSCOM CoE in this regard. 

NASSCOM CoE is part of the ‘Digital India’ initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and IT, in collaboration with state governments, and is focussed on accelerating adoption of digital technologies in industries. We have built the largest ecosystem in the country to bring together enduser enterprises, solution providers and academia to cocreate solutions that can help in solving complex business issues. Pharma being a large industry is an important sector, both for global and Indian manufacturers. We understand that the challenges and needs vary with the size of the companies and our programmes are aligned to meet their requirements. In the past two years, we have been running innovation challenges in healthcare and manufacturing sectors where large enterprises share their complex problems for which deep-tech startups propose solutions. The winning startup works with the enterprise to deploy the solutions. We also have long-term industry partnership programmes in case an enterprise has multiple use cases for finding technology-based solutions.

For a pharma manufacturer, the quality of drugs and compliance with Global Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are the most essential. Pharma units need to focus not only on agile and integrated supply chain, but also on seamless operations to drive reduction in the use of raw material, human resources and the risk of lowquality products. Digitalisation has the potential to transform supply chain, boost pr