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healthcare alere
www.alere.com / Revenue: $2 billion+ / HQ: Waltham, Mass. / Employees: 5,000 / Specialty: Healthcare diagnostic tests / Mark Gladwell, senior vice president of global
operations: "This year, we are on track to achieve our goal of delivering $112 million in annualized savings back to our organization."

High Standards
Alere is on track to deliver $112
million in annual savings to its
business by creating new standards for quality in the healthcare
industry.

Alere, a global manufacturer of rapid pointof-care diagnostic tests,
provides healthcare
professionals with the
reliable information they
MARK GLADWELL
need to make effective
senior vice president
of global operations
treatment decisions.
In 2016, the Waltham,
Mass.-based company delivered
more than one billion tests to
patients and healthcare professionals worldwide.
The company is in its third year
of a five-year strategic initiative to
set the benchmark for operational
excellence in its industry. Mark
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Alere is all-in on making automation the benchmark of
operational excellence. By Bianca Herron

Gladwell, senior vice president of
global operations, says Alere wants
to extend beyond its industry's measure of excellence and create new
standards for its peers to emulate.
"We started this initiative in
2015 and plan to achieve our goals
by 2020," Gladwell explains.
"This year, we are on track to
achieve our goal of delivering $112
million in annualized savings back
to our organization."
	 Gladwell notes Alere came up
with its five-year initiative after
finding its manufacturing operations were not connected via
a global strategy. "We've really

pulled things together over the last
few years," he says. "So no matter
which facility our people are at
in the world, be it China, Europe
or North America, everyone is
focused on delivering our operational vision, while continuing to
deliver high-quality products."
Alere also wants to deliver
savings back to its organization to
make it more profitable. Alere's
global operations will achieve this
by focusing on three key pillars:
people, process and product. Each
year of the five-year initiative has
certain goals the company aims to
achieve to fulfill its overall vision.



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