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Why Blockchain for Life Sciences?

From streamlining the drug supply chain to managing clinical trials data, life sciences organizations are looking to blockchain to digitize and optimize critical business processes and unlock the following opportunities:

  • Optimize drug traceability in the supply chain to increase visibility and prevent counterfeiting
  • Improve data accuracy, security and consistency across the supply chain
  • Enable data immutability to increase trust for all parties involved

How Blockchain Works in Life Sciences

The blockchain can connect any number of entities on a single, shared, immutable ledger, replacing disparate systems and improving security, traceability and efficiency.

Use Case 1: Drug Traceability


The drug supply chain is incredibly long and involves multiple parties, including different logistics providers who lack transparency into one another’s tracking systems. This results in a lack of trust between parties and a failure to optimize spending on traceability.

With Blockchain

A blockchain-based tracking solution helps drug producers and manufacturers easily monitor where their products are located based on scans of unique identifiers at each stop in the supply chain. All parties involved have a single source of truth and receive real-time updates depending on permissions.

Use Case 2: Drug Counterfeit Prevention


The Drug Supply Chain Security Act requires all US drug manufacturers to use unique identifiers (bar codes) on the drugs they produce, but this doesn’t solve the problem of counterfeiters stealing serial numbers to legitimize the dangerous fake medicine they’re selling. 

With Blockchain

Unique identifiers are registered on a blockchain-based traceability solution and securely stored in the system to make the supply chain highly transparent. When fake medicine is discovered, it is easy to trace where the information leak took place and identify other potentially counterfeit drugs.

Use Case 3: Contract Management


Pharmaceutical companies manage hundreds or even thousands of contracts with a range of vendors, individuals and organizations, but there is no central, secure repository to store contract data. This results in inefficient, complicated contract management and a lack of visibility for organizations.

With Blockchain

Static contracts are replaced with dynamic, smart agreements that track their own execution. Data can be exchanged directly between networked contracting parties without the need for intermediaries, helping pharmas to ensure compliance and improve collaboration with CROs.

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