Pharmaceutical Company Wins Big with Manufacturing Effectiveness

The Company:  Sancilio & Company, Inc., a 165-person company located in Riviera Beach, is primarily focused on the development of novel therapies for application in the emerging field of lipidomics – the structure, function, interaction and movements of cellular lipids and their relationship to diseases.  Founded in 2005, the company is well on the way to achieve its goal of becoming a leading integrated specialty pharmaceutical company after winning the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year award from the South Florida Manufacturers Association’s (SFMA).

The Challenge: As part of its continuous improvement process, Sancilio & Company undertook an enterprise assessment conducted by FloridaMakes.  As a result of the assessment, FloridaMakes identified improvement opportunities in throughput cost savings, business systems, workforce engagement and application of additional LEAN concepts. 

The Action Plan:  Sancilio & Company capitalized on the assessment findings by making changes to significantly improve throughput, which eventually reduced customer late backlog to zero, and implementing business systems applying lean principles and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).  The company hired and/or retained 12 heads to realize the improved throughput, and began the implementation of new or improved business processes and systems. 


  • $105,000 in cost savings from throughput reduction by 10 days
  • $50,000 in IT/ERP solutions
  • 12 jobs created/retained

“The benefits of association with the South Florida Manufacturers Association and the partnership with FloridaMakes are invaluable to our company.  We are experiencing prodigious growth within our business, and both of these resources are strategic in that growth.  We anticipate a long and valuable relationship with SFMA and FloridaMakes."  - Jeff Johnson, Senior Vice President for Manufacturing

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