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Case Studies

Aquisition Opportunity

Forecasting with higher accuracy and Greater versatility in a competitive market

A large pharmaceutical/biotechnology company wanted to better understand the product potential of an on-market, non-retail drug distributed through a limited network of specialty pharmacies and distributors in an active, competitive environment.

Viscadia was asked to build a custom forecast model that could integrate seamlessly with the client’s existing Latest Estimate (LE) process and that would also be versatile enough to support multiple stakeholders and the long-term brand planning process.

Increase in accuracy compared to previous forecast model
CHALLENGES
Data
complexity
  • IntegriChain (unit demand, inventory)

  • Patient data (enrollments, restarts)

  • Internal (finance, ex-factory)
Market event modeling in
absence of competitor data
  • Specialty (non-retail) distribution model across all competitors hindered the availability of market data, and complex market events were impacting product performance — increasing the complexity of the required modeling
Cross-functional
stakeholder needs
    • Sales, marketing and finance each had distinct objectives for the model, including harmonization of the unit-demand forecast with patient enrollments
APPROACH
Improved user
experience

Built an organic model with a streamlined flow, incorporating VBA-driven automation, with complete transparency and user-friendly design

Mapped cross-functional
stakeholder needs

Identified discrete needs across sales, marketing and finance stakeholders and created customized outputs to meet requirements

Modeled complex
market events

Assimilated market research (AMUs) to understand and model for multiple market events using diffusion curves

Designed multiple
forecasting pathways

Created capabilities for users to choose from multiple forecasting pathways (unit demand vs. patient enrollments) that were harmonized across the platform

Embedded in-house
forecasting palette

Integrated a robust and transparent statistical palette (Exponential Smoothing, Holt-Winters, Box-Jenkins, etc.) resulting in improved forecast accuracy and model flexibility

Developed
forecast platform

Customized platform for the product allowed for dynamic, comprehensive evaluation of key performance drivers, and served cross-functional stakeholder objectives

OUTCOMES
End deliverables
    • Forecast platform with a comprehensive set of output views and summaries addressing cross-functional stakeholders

    • User manual providing extensive documentation of model design and operation to facilitate easy knowledge transfer

    • Executive slides to facilitate quarterly LE discussions, generated by an automated module within the model
Key highlights
    • Reduced the MAPE (mean absolute percentage error) by nearly 50% in actual vs. forecast for the new model compared to the existing model

    • Dynamically modeled for five major market events occurring at different times in the forecast horizon

    • Successfully enabled the forecast team to tie the revenue forecast to weekly patient enrollment targets for the sales team
Accelerated timeline
  • Reduced workflow for quarterly LE from ~40 hours to ~8 hours

  • New model served as the base platform for future Life Cycle Management (LCM) strategy scenario-planning exercises

  • Client asked Viscadia to design and build a new model for another product within the same franchise