PROJECT SPOTLIGHT ON BIOGEN IDEC
Using punch list management software beyond the construction site
- Over 150 Labs
- 250,000 square feet
While most FinishLine users are in the construction trades, Biogen Idec found a unique way to use FinishLine in their organization. In the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, it is critical that all of Biogen Idec’s labs are in perfect condition for federal inspectors when they are onsite to do cGMP compliance inspections. In September of 2011, Biogen Idec began searching for a software program that would help them keep their labs in “inspection ready” condition. The goal was to find a better way do their own inspections and to track and correct any deficiencies prior to having federal inspectors on site.After a thorough search they settled on FinishLine Software and began using it at their labs in Cambridge. We asked Thomas Choyce, Senior Engineer II, Facilities Department what Biogen Idec did for their inspections prior to FinishLine. “It was a highly manual task involving creating lists of architectural deficiencies as you walked through and inspected the areas. The walkthroughs required a lot of personnel time to complete. It wasn’t the most efficient process, and we were really looking for a way to streamline the punch listing efforts by our various groups.” Choyce then elaborated on some of the unique aspects of lab inspections that posed challenges for FinishLine to help overcome.
"FinishLine enables us to snap a photo, upload it into the punch listed item, and show it as a mark on a drawing of the area."
"We're able to significantly reduce the number of trips we make into the plant each week resulting in an annual savings of $10,000 or more."
The last thing Choyce talked about was the Biogen Idec return on their FinishLine investment. “We're able to significantly reduce the number of trips we make into the plant each week resulting in an annual savings of $10,000 or more. In addition, because FinishLine makes the job of inspecting so much easier, the GMP areas now look better than ever."As a result of the switch to FinishLine from their old method, the Global Engineering and Facilities group where Choyce works received Biogen Idec’s prestigious Innovation Award. The award was based on the criteria of: Providing opportunities to objectively demonstrate the value of new technologies and/or approaches, demonstrating whether or not a new technology approach has a viable business justification in the biotech/pharmaceutical environment and studying an improvement opportunity topic in greater detail than existing resources / timelines would normally allow. To learn more about FinishLine and the punch list app, sign-up to see a FinishLine Software demonstration video.