An inside look at GSK’s digital twin initiative

A GSK vaccine facility. Image courtesy of GSK.

Digital twins, functional computerized models of physical objects, are a staple of smart manufacturing. Their use in the pharmaceutical industry, however, is still in an early phase.

GlaxoSmithKline (LON:GSK) is one of the first pharmaceutical companies to announce a digital twin initiative. Partnering with Siemens (ETR:SIE) and Atos (EPA:ATO), GSK has created a real-time simulation of the entire vaccine manufacturing process.

A year in the making

The project, which launched a year ago, has already shown promise in reducing manufacturing timelines, optimizing product quality and other areas. The use of digital twins has enabled GSK to optimize vaccine-related experiments. “With digital twins, you’re able to do huge amounts of digital experiments and minimize the number of wet experiments that you do,” said Matt Harrison, head of sciences, digital innovati…

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