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biogen healthcare
www.biogen.com / 2016 sales: $11 billion / Headquarters: Cambridge, Mass. / Employees: 7,000 (globally) / Specialty: Therapies for neurological, autoimmune and rare diseases / Walter Charles III, vice president and global chief procurement officer: "With big data analytics, I can actually analyze 800 suppliers as easily as I could analyze eight."

The Next Productivity Gear
Biogen is using big data analytics to find suppliers and analyze their
bid information to deliver a new level of savings. By Alan Dorich

When you are combattling neurological,
autoimmune and rare
diseases, you cannot fall
behind in the market
and let game-changing
WALTER
solutions slip through
CHARLES III
the cracks. Cambridge,
vice president and
global chief proMass.-based Biogen procurement officer
vides advance treatment
options through its products, as
well as within its supply chain.
The company, which started
operations in 1978, develops,
markets and manufactures disease
therapies, Vice President and

Chief Procurement Officer Walter
Charles III says. For example, "We
have the industry's most robust
product portfolio for ailments like
multiple sclerosis," he says.
Biogen also addresses spinal
muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients through
Spinraza, a new ground-breaking
therapy that was launched earlier
this year. "It's now being launched
in a number of countries around
the world," he says.
"It's one of the only products
of its kind in the market," Charles
says, noting that the product

Biogen uses big data analytics to
help it expand the pool of suppliers it evaluates. The company
develops, markets and manufactures disease therapies.

recently helped a family that was
afraid their second child had SMA.
"We're in the business of trying to
help families cope with disease."
The company also has Alzheimer's disease on its radar. "[We
see that] as the next game-changing therapy," Charles says. "Alzheimer's is a progressive neurological disease where no treatment
options exist for patients today."

Extensive Expertise
Charles joined Biogen in 2015. A
graduate of the Columbia Business
School, the Stevens Institute of
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