How to improve quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry

Avatour technology in use. Image courtesy of Avatour.

The pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5-8% for the next three years. In just the past five years, a range of new technologies has been implemented to improve healthcare delivery, analytics and drug production. However, with the lingering challenges of COVID-19, the need for creative solutions has become more urgent than ever.

Routine quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry has faced considerable challenges while adhering to schedules and production timelines and ensuring that quality compliances are maintained while maintaining social distancing and travel restrictions. Luckily, remote collaboration technologies with a unique 360° spatial view provide a solution that prevents the slowdown of pharmaceutical processes during the pandemic and may offer revolutionary benefits for future use.

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Avatour sees traction for 360° remote site meetings in pharma and beyond

Avatour technology in use at a Seqens facility

While COVID-19 has led to an uptick in remote inspections and virtual training, the startup Avatour (San Francisco) was working on its remote presence platform before the pandemic.

Devon Copley, CEO of the company, was the head of product, VR platform for Nokia from 2015 to 2017, where he was involved in creating a novel Nokia OZO 360° camera. “That was a $60,000 device made out of a single block of CNC-machined aluminum,” Copley recalled. “It was a beautiful piece of engineering, but a little ahead of its time, as it turned out.”

After Nokia decided to cancel the project, Copley reached out to Prasad Balasubramanian, who was in charge of the engineering team for the OZO advanced camera.

Over beers, the two concluded that the concept of enabling individuals to remotely visit a location and talk to individuals there in real-t…

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