Our Passion

We firmly believe that effective and efficient supply chains are the economic engines that make life better for individuals, companies, and nations.  As manufacturing and supply chain professionals ourselves we’ve seen first hand how operations provide beneficial goods and services to people while also providing jobs and value to companies and investors.  We feel privileged to be part of this community of professionals. 

Our Commitment  

We’ve been on your side of the desk for much of our careers.  We understand the pressures, the skills required, and the complex environment that every operations professional has to work in.  Our pledge is to provide focused practical solutions to the challenges you face and not overburden you or your team with rhetoric or presentations.  We focus on delivering tangible benefits quickly. Whether you use our training services, consulting services, or our toolkits the goal is always the same, ensure you get the solution you need and ensure we impart skills to your team to help your business. 

 The Team

We place the highest value on people with experience & practical know-how who can communicate and apply that knowledge to help our clients. Every team member:

  • has significant experience as a professional in an operating company in the roles that they provide services in
  • has had major leadership and/or transformational experiences such as a major product launch, facility commisioning, major supply chain implementation, regulatory restructuring and/or consent decree, or similar significant events.
  • must be able to communicate, support and work with our clients to ensure knowledge and skills are transferred to our client’s team.
Peter J Blok, PhD

Peter J Blok, PhD

Managing Partner

Peter Blok has over 35 years of experience in the life science industry. His career started in R&D / process development and continued through with executive positions in manufacturing & supply chain operations. Over his career he has had firsthand experience in setting up and operating international supply chains establishing quality systems, organizing and managing regulatory remediation & consent decree programs, and managing information technology. He has drug product launch experience in the US, European and Latin American markets.

Peter’s professional experience includes VP Global Supply Chain for Celgene Corporation, VP & GM of Invensys Life Sciences Business Unit and Director North American Operations Planning at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He holds Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from NYU and has formal business training from NYU Stern and The Wharton School of Business. Peter holds a CSCP supply chain certification, a CLTD logistics certification and a CPIM production management certification from APICS. He is also a certified APICS instructor. In addition, he is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a PMP project management certification from PMI.  

Rao P. Parthalanka, MS

Rao P. Parthalanka, MS

Partner

Rao Potharlanka has over 35 years of operations experience. During his career, Mr. Potharlanka acquired hands-on experience in manufacturing of generic, ethical pharma, biopharma and biotechnology products. Mr. Potharlanka has first-hand experience in manufacturing, technology transfer, material management, engineering & facilities management, warehousing and production planning areas. Mr. Potharlanka professional experience includes the head of manufacturing at Novartis (Sandoz) East Hanover, Vice President of manufacturing operations at Chiron Corp. at Emeryville, CA (Biotech company) where he lead manufacturing, material management and engineering operations, and head of Technical Operations at SkyePharma Inc. Currently as a consultant assisting troubled companies with FDA, including warning letter and consent decree remediation activities. His experience includes implementation of several multimillion-dollar projects in Pharma, Biopharma and Biotech areas – Plant and equipment, GMP facilities construction, expansion and retooling.

Mr. Potharlanka holds a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Nagpur University, India; and an M.S. degree in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ.

Wiliam E. McKeen, MChE

Wiliam E. McKeen, MChE

Partner Emeritus

Bill McKeen has 41 years experience in pharmaceuticals including a successful 39-year career at Pfizer. He has hands-on experience in manufacturing operations for oral and sterile product, plant construction and start-up, international business operations as well as information technology.

Mr. McKeen’s professional experience includes several positions in plant operations management, site lead for planning, construction, and startup of Pfizer’s first plant in Puerto Rico, Area Management positions in Latin America based in Miami and Country Management responsibilities in Latin America. For the past 15 years, Mr. McKeen was head of Global Drug Plant IT systems where he was responsible for overall systems in over 90 plants. Mr. McKeen is specifically responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the ERP system used throughout the Pfizer organization. Mr. McKeen holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University