Behind each component part of the Ellipta inhaler is a story that spans decades. It’s a narrative with a cast of thousands that crosses continents, disciplines and lives. Overseeing this whole process is Bob, a man with the ability to see the ‘big picture’ behind our innovative inhaler.
A trained engineer, Bob joined GSK in 1981, spending much of his career in production environments. During those 36 years, Bob has seen how our respiratory devices have evolved, from the classic blue aerosol puffer, to the Diskus inhaler, and most recently the advent of the Ellipta device design.
Building a platform for success
For the success of the new product Bob’s role was pivotal. His challenge to turn the design for the Ellipta into a reality was two-fold; to build a supply chain and manufacturing process for a device that would ultimately be used by millions around the world.
“The Diskus inhaler had 14 parts, while the Ellipta has 28”, explains Bob, “which makes my job more interesting and challenging at the same time!
“There are multiple components and medicines that go into devices, all the raw materials, and all the packaging components that need to be assembled, before we dispatch the medicines to pharmacies to reach patients.”