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VOAs play an important role in


fibre optic networks. They are widely used in Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) for signal intensity control at


the transmission and reception nodes.


<< Figure 2: SEM Micrograph of the VOA Chip. >>


Next-Gen Pharmaceutical Industry Landscape


Presented by MANCEF and contributed to by professionals around the world…Emerging Technology road mapping has evolved once again. The pharmaceutical industry—like most other industries—is being redefined by exceptional changes in its manufacturing processes.Pharma has switched from a single root technology based solution to multiple technology based solutions.


Today, pharmaceutical solutions are not simply based on a single chemical isomer but are much more often based on multiple technologies from the following technology set: Nanotechnology, MEMS, Biological solutions such as tissue engineering, more complex chemistries, and computational sciences. Yet how can a firm, region, government policymaker, educator, or investor make decisions about the future? Market, technical, and social drivers are much more important in today’s pharmaceutical landscape. The answer is a deeper understanding of the newest road mapping process: Landscaping. 


Modern pharmaceutical solutions rely on advances in at least five technological pathways. Simple, traditional semiconductor-like road mapping practices (where the assumption of a unit product and a single technological pathway with a single technology trajectory) simply cannot assist in developing this new pharmaceutical system. It takes a 3rd generation model to develop a meaningful road mapping process: one that is focused on drivers. Here we identify 18 technological, market, regulatory, and manufacturing drivers. The new model must also account for the industry’s new structure, and our new road map describes the advent of consortia (now well over 100, when in 1990 there were less than five).  This Landscape has over 350 pages and describes in detail all drivers, technology subcomponents, and a process for you to develop your own internal roadmap. We identify 80+ consortia, as well as numerous firms involved in the industry.


44 | commercial micro manufacturing international Vol 7 No.3 Only USD 250 For more details please contact Rob Haak at rhaak@mancef.org


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