This BioPhorum member only paper provides an overview of the GS1 system of standards and its importance. It emphasizes that through wider industry adoption the GS1 system of standards has the potential to greatly improve communication, data sharing, and safety in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.
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Biopharmaceutical supply chains have evolved beyond single-source manufacturing to a complex network of collaborations and partnerships between sponsors and contract organizations. However, the expectations for deeper integration and visibility, automation and flexibility have increased and the lack of a standard framework has led to bespoke solutions which are unsustainable. This paper explains the current approaches to connecting biomanufacturing organizations, and the key benefits of improved digital integration. It articulates principles and patterns in the form of a simple maturity model that can be used to assess current state and plan for a more digitally aligned future.