Queueing network modelling and lead time compression of pharmaceutical drug development

N. Viswanadham, Y. Narahari
2001 International Journal of Production Research  
Designing an optimized pharmaceutical drug development process is an important problem in itself and is of signi® cant practical and research interest. Drug development lead time is a critical performance metric for a pharmaceutical company. In this paper, we develop a multiclass queueing network model to capture the project dynamics in drug development organizations that involve multiple, concurrent projects with contention for human/technical resources. We explore how drug development lead
more » ... development lead times can be reduced using e cient scheduling and critical mass-based resource management. The model captures important facets of any typical drug development organization, such as concurrent execution of multiple projects, contention for resources, feedback and reworking of project tasks, variability of new project initiations and task execution times, and certain scheduling issues. First, we show, using a class of¯uctuation smoothing scheduling policies, that development lead times can be compressed impressively, without having to commit additional resources. Next, we show that critical mass-based project teams can compress lead times further. The model presented, though stylized, is su ciently generic and conceptual, and will be of much value in new drug development project planning and management.
doi:10.1080/00207540010004304 fatcat:3ldnv3u4orf7lneugmfdoqaahi