Operational strategies in support of space efficiency: Merck case study

Principal & Global Dir, Science & Research
Executive Director, Discovery Operations

The recently opened Merck Discovery Science Center in San Francisco leverages new operational strategies to support more efficient use of real estate and a reduction in space assignments for support functions. Session leaders examine solutions beyond flexible, open labs to include mixing science groups in labs, shared core facilities, optimized equipment models, just-in-time delivery, centralized distribution systems, and software solutions for operational streamlining. They illustrate the space saving impacts and design features supporting the requisite operational shift, compare metrics with a similar program but older design Merck facility, and address planning assumptions versus real life -- what is and isn't working as predicted.

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