March 29, 2022

Supply Chain Delays in the Biopharma industry

Global supply chains have been severely impacted by the pandemic and by attempts to maintain essential supply structures such as food, medicine, and energy supplies.

Needless to say, every country faces their own obstacles and different issues, such as the delivery of raw materials, production or distribution.

94% of Fortune 1000 companies are seeing supply chain disruptions from COVID-19.


In the eye of the storm

The current situation has taken its toll on several companies globally, facing new and different complications such as scarce raw materials or lack of clean rooms and workforce. We at Single Use Support constantly expand clean room capacities and work force, in order to reach our goal of helping optimize biopharma’s production processes. Additionally, we see it as our obligation to make production processes safer and controlled.

On this count, our primary objectives are agility and speed.

Risk, challenges and our reaction

Due to the challenges the latest events have brought with them, companies see themselves confronted with problems and obstacles they have never dealt with before. In fact, a lot of potential has been compromised by delays in supply, missing clean room capacities, and human resources.

55% of companies plan to downgrade their growth outlooks or have already done so.


The graphic from Financial Times shows, biopharma is not resistant enough on 5 points. Specifically, to avoid supply chain collapse, there needs to be a significant strengthening of supply chain resilience.

Global Biopharma Resilience Index. Source: Financial Times,


Single Use Support’s advantages in this regard are our own innovations and the experience we gained through dealing with weak points in biopharma for years.

Interview from Biopharm International with Barbara Fischer, Ph.D.r.


Our response to the current bottlenecks


We reacted when nobody else did. The increased need for short lead times caught our eye, and we haven’t looked away since. 

Single Use Support strives to be better and – most importantly – faster. We don’t just accept a problem. We see it, we analyze it, and we find a solution. That is exactly what we did in our most recent success story:

Missing single-use components can cause an entire production of biopharmaceuticals to stop temporarily. Due to the high demand of single-use components for Covid-19 vaccination production, manufacturers of non-Covid-19-vaccines, drew the shortest stick.

When we heard about an existing client that wasn’t able to produce their non-Covid19-vaccine, because of bottlenecks, we stepped in. 

Single Use Support speeded up production and managed to define, sketch, assemble, send to sterilization, resend for quality control and deliver in within only 14 days. 


To take a negative situation as it is without trying to do everything we can is not our style. Single Use Support stands for making it better – fast.

Johannes Kirchmair, CEO & Co-Founder

Single Use Support is a lean company with a high degree of agility and solution-orientation to effectively solve industry-wide problems.

For months, we multiplied our production area and significantly expanded our clean room capacities massively. We have built up a large stock of single-use assemblies and are supplying more and more manufacturers globally on the market, thereby solving their bottlenecks.

Massive stock allows us to be more independent in regard of availabilities and lead times. It also enables us to produce and send single-use assemblies and sterile consumables fast and last-minute. In order to plan for the long run, it is important to maintain the collaboration between manufacturer and supplier. 

Ensuring business continuity for our customers is one of our major objectives. We help to prevent production downtime due to shortage of single-use systems.

Our products delivered quickly and reliably

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RoSS® Shell | Protecting single-use bags

The safest transport solution for all available single-use bioprocess containers. Robust. Scalable. Single-use bag independent.


IRIS Single-Use Bioprocess Container

Innovative. Robust. Individual. Single-Use. Make sure your supply chain is uninterrupted. Get your IRIS 2D single-use bioprocess container from Single Use Support in any size. Store and ship anything from cell culture samples to large drug substance volumes reliably and on time.


IRIS Single-Use Assemblies

As an expert in single-use solutions, we have made it our goal to deliver single-use assemblies manufactured at highest quality standards in ISO 6 cleanrooms and sterilized within shortest lead times. Prevent downtime and ensure an uninterrupted supply chain.


RoSS.FILL Bag | Fill-Filtration

RoSS.FILL is a flexible automated single-use technology for dispensing biopharmaceuticals into single-use bags. The fluid path is designed to be fully disposable and is able to accommodate a variety of sterile connection and disconnection options.


RoSS.pFTU Large-Scale

Our large scale freezing platform system is a plate-based freeze-thaw unit for any scale and batch size. Well-established RoSS.pFTU large scale is compatible with single-use bags of all sizes and manufacturers. The hybrid solution offers freeze-thaw capabilities for bags and bottles up to 220L in one platform.  


RoSS.FRDG | Cold Storage Refrigerator

RoSS.FRDG is an ultra cold storage fridge for frozen drug substances in different sizes. The ultra cold freezer keeps the desired set point temperature down to -80°C. RoSS.FRDG is compatible with RoSS Shells, stackable itself, fully moveable and shippable.


RoSS.SHIP | Ship, Track & Trace

RoSS.SHIP secures the cold chain storage and shipping of bulk drug substance for almost one week. Highly robust, stackable, coolable and compact – Fort Knox for high-quality substances!

Agility and the courage to take risks win

The challenging times brought about by Covid-19 will require a move towards agility and change, especially in the biopharma industry. Old-established structures will need to be reconsidered or even restablished and renewed. Manufacturer’s courage is key to success.


It’s the speed that counts.

Thomas Wurm, CEO & Co-Founder

Single Use Support helps you along the way. Pioneering Biopharma through innovative products and reliable, fast supply chains.

Get your single-use consumables now


Michael Eder

Business Development / Marketing Manager