Meridian Bioscience and Lean Continuous Improvements, LLC Collaborate to Apply Lean Principles to Recent Launch of illumigene® Malaria
“We start with “grasping the situation” where the work is done. We identify a problem area . . . a key business challenge with opportunities to demonstrate lean as a transformational system. We pull together a cross-functional team led by leaders of the area with staff support and lean coaches in training. We start with Value Stream Mapping; leaders create and “buy into” a Value Stream ‘Vision’. Leadership is THE key for success; the Top Leaders within the facility must be actively, visibly involved in the Vision-setting session and implementation. We begin by going deep in model areas.
“We are “first principle” based in everything we do. This shows in our approach to our initial engagement with Meridian Bioscience. One size definitely does not fit all, and particularly if Meridian Bioscience’s situation demands a unique and customized approach. We had the breadth and depth of experience to meet their challenge. We fundamentally believe in starting at a practical level with a project and a team.”
Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, purified reagents and related products and offers biopharmaceutical enabling technologies. Utilizing a variety of methods, these products and diagnostic tests provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral and respiratory infections. Meridian’s diagnostic products are used outside of the human body and require little or no special equipment. The Company's products are designed to enhance patient well-being while reducing the total outcome costs of health care. Meridian has strong market positions in the areas of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections, serology, parasitology and fungal disease diagnosis. In addition, Meridian is a supplier of rare reagents, specialty biologicals and related technologies used by biopharmaceutical companies engaged in research for new drugs and vaccines. The Company markets its products and technologies to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, diagnostics manufacturers and biotech companies in more than 70 countries around the world. The Company’s shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is www.meridianbioscience.com.
John A. Kraeutler, Chief Executive Officer