Welcome to our Author section. Hedley Rees has been actively building, managing, and continuously improving supply chains in biotech for the last fifteen years. Please click on any of the links to view/download or view our documents.
"This book is ideal reading for those entering or currently working in the field of supply
chain management, such as clinical supply managers, or those in operations or
production and planning ... This book would be an excellent resource for small
pharmaceutical companies that may have limited experience of supply chain
implementation or outsourcing, giving a thorough overview of the process and plenty of
food for thought."
—The Pharmaceutical Journal, 16 November 2011
“Got me fast into the pharma industry supply chain: I am from the electronic assembly
industry. I have worked in the supply chain management many years. I wanted to learn
as much as possible about the pharmaceutical industry supply chain and compare to
my industry. This book gave me exactly what I wanted. Well written and easy to follow
with a lot of different opinions from people in that industry. Great book”.
—Ricardo (Amazon.com) September 26, 2011
"This is a solid text that is equally suitable for the newcomer or experienced professional
in the pharmaceutical/biologics industries . . . Overall, I recommend the book for its
educational perspective on the industry and the significance of effective SCM for its
—Quality World, 1 July 2011
"Hedley Rees' book is a timely antidote to the faddish advice and writing about outsourcing and lean supply chain management that has bedevilled good practice in the industry, and in supply chain management thinking in general. In a series of well researched and documented chapters about the pitfalls of inappropriate practice in the end-to-end supply chains for pharmaceuticals and drugs this volume demonstrates the key problems faced by the industry in managing supply chains holistically and for customer value. It also provides useful insights into the major positioning methodologies that the industry should use to make appropriate make/buy and strategic sourcing decisions with suppliers."
—Professor Andrew Cox, Chairman, Advisory Board, International Institute for Advanced Purchasing & Supply (IIAPS), former Director of the Centre for Business Strategy and Procurement at Birmingham University Business School, the first ever MBA in Strategic Procurement Management.
"I found it to be a knowledgeable and insightful overview of the role of Supply Chain Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry. I found that it touches knowledgeably on both the small and large molecule products, which most texts fail to do. Hedley has done the industry a significant favor by laying out, in a single volume, a road map for how Supply Chain should function in today's Pharmaceutical Industry."
—James Donlevie, Former VP - Worldwide Logistics, Global Biologics Supply Chain, Johnson
and Johnson; Currently GPPS, Inc.
“The radical‟ idea to engage SC thinking in the early stages of drug development could lead to a revolution in pharmaceutical profitability and patient access….CEOs of pharmaceutical companies should pay attention…with input from various expert sources, the text reads as a 3-part case introducing those in Supply Chain to the world of Pharmaceuticals, those in Science to the world of Supply Chain, and finally a roadmap for a solution to a problem that is recognized but has not yet achieved the “burning platform” stage. If you own stocks in any such companies, tell the CEO to read this book. It took 25 years for consumer goods companies to recognize that Supply Chain professionals add value by being involved in strategic planning as opposed to being tactical cost managers. It may take a while longer to convince those in the Pharma world that involving SC with their R&D teams can provide a similar benefit, but the change will come. Those who follow the advice of this author may well lead the way.
—Rick Cleveland, P.Log, Director of Programs, The Logistics Institute
"Through his passion to make a difference in the Pharma industry, Hedley has masterfully addressed the complexities of total supply chain management from product development through commercialization. Building on his years of experience within Pharma and with other regulated industries, Hedley offers solutions that are insightful, proven, holistic and impactful. This easy-to-read book offers a refreshing style that keeps the reader engaged."
—Marla A. Phillips, Ph.D., Director, Med-XU, Xavier University
"This is not an empty diatribe--it is a necessary wake-up call for an industry apparently blinded by profit." --Kirkus Reviews
"Despite the tongue-in-cheek title and comparisons throughout to sausage-making, this book is a real gem. It's a clarion call to all in pharma to wake up to the current erroneous and overly expensive drug discovery process. It also highlights how pharma has outsourced so much of its expertise it's at risk of not having an expertise anymore. But more than identify the problems, it also, with testimonies from expert witnesses, outlines how pharma can solve the issues.
I'd like to see a formal response - and even a debate- to the issues raised in Rees' book. Not only from those in industry but also from those in trade associations such as the ABPI, EFPIA & PhRMA and also regulators. Especially in this time of financial authority.
In summary, if you work in or around medicines, you must read this book."
MD Healthcare Consultants Ltd
"First rate review of the current business model and its weaknesses by Hedley Rees. I read it from cover to cover in one day. Several anecdotes resonated with my own experience, and unsurprisingly the cure to present challenges and problems is largely in the industry's own hands. This makes fascinating reading, equally so with respect to the author's own observations and experience and the expert witness statements of his many industry contacts."
—Charles Mackay (Amazon.co.uk) 19 February 2016
"You'd be forgiven for thinking that the industry that holds our lives in it's hands, would be one of superior efficiency and precision. That could not be further from the truth! Whether you are a regular Joe Blogs or an innovative industry leader, this book will have your jaw on the floor the whole way through. However, better than that, it is not a book written to simply rile the reader and lay blame on those working hard within the pharmaceutical industry. It is absolutely jam packed full of expert collaborators insights, and offers a full explanation of how this nightmare came about, in addition to offering the solutions that will save billions of dollars and countless lives! Time for change #finditfileitflogit"
— Kelin Phillipson (Amazon.co.uk) 17 December 2015
"Thought provoking and easy to assimilate concepts. Provides some insight into what Pharma could look like in the future. Go on, you're worth it..."
— Claddagh (Amazon.co.uk) 12 January 2016