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Glycotope gains from fast and comprehensive deployment of SAP systems

"Fujitsu combines the strength, internationality and long-term security of a large company with an excellent understanding of the needs of an SME"

Henner Kollenberg, Chief Financial Officer, Glycotope GmbH

The customer

Glycotope is a young company which specializes in developing and manufacturing innovative immunological products for treating a variety of cancers. Its expertise in sugar structures on protein molecules has made Glycotope one of the largest independent biotechnology firms in Germany. The company was founded in the Buch area of Berlin in 2000 and now employs more than 180 people across two sites in Berlin and Heidelberg. It covers the entire development spectrum from research, molecule optimization, cloning and process development to preclinical and clinical product development and production in accordance with good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines.

The challenge

Biotechnology company Glycotope recently decided to professionalize its ERP processes by introducing SAP. Until this point, the SME had never had an integrated IT system. With Fujitsu’s help, Glycotope implemented a complete, standardized SAP environment within just four months, which it can now use to visualize and efficiently manage all of its business processes.

The solution

Following a tender and benchmarking process, Glycotope decided that Fujitsu was the best company to assist with the project. It saved a great deal of the time and effort normally required to create validated systems by using a pre-configured sector template, ‘myTDS.Process’. As well as the SAP introduction, Fujitsu also agreed to manage the hosting for the SAP system, the IT infrastructure, and the company’s various applications.

The benefit

  • New SAP landscape for automated, fast and highly efficient ERP processes
  • Lower SAP implementation costs with pre-configured sector template
  • Focus on standardized SAP processes – no time-consuming customizations necessary
  • Complete implementation of the SAP environment within just four months
  • Adherence to the strict requirements of the good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines for the pharmaceutical sector


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