Identifying the location of a firms manufacturing facilities is not always straightforward. Large public companies filing 10K's list foreign subsidiaries (many with names dissimilar from the parent company and without clear location identification), but determining the subsidiaries functions and location requires searching business directories or finding English language web sites for the firm of interest. The most straightforward way to identify potential foreign manufacturing capability (if not facilities) is to identify the corporate patent and then get the corporate family for that parent. This does not guarantee that a subsidiary manufacturing a specific biological has manufacturing capacity in a given country, but only indicates the likelihood that its parent does. Check company web sites as they often refer to manufacturing facilities. Check SEC filings (typically 10K or 20-F) for discussion of manufacturing facilities.
- Use the Onesource module of ReferenceUSA or Lexis-Nexis Company search
- Search by company name
- Open the record for the parent company
- If a parent is not listed, open a one of the related firms and try and identiy the parent by opening the corporate family.
- Once you have the parent record open the corporate family, scan the list to identify manufacturing facilities in potential manufacturing sites.
- With the name and address you may search news, the web and additional business directories to find out the nature of the manufacturing at that location.
Use the Onesource module for international company information
Lexis Nexis Academic
Search American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries
and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States
Use the Get Company Info tool to find a parent company and link to the company hierarchy to identify subsidiaries operating in your target market
Find a Pharmaceutical Industry Report on Your Country
An industry report focused on your target country is likely to address issues related to availability of suitably trained talent, regulatory framework and local industry trends.
Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library
Choose your target country, select the Industry tab, expand the manufacturing industry and choose chemical
Free registration required. Obtain both Country Commercial Guides and more narrowly focused market research reports.
Go to the Onesource module, search by industry (SIC code is 2834 and NAICS code is 3254). Expand the market research to see the countries covered.
Global Pharmaceutical Reports
These won't cover the particulars of regulatory schemas or labor availability, but they are a good place to start (if you haven't already!)
NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's, Capital IQ)
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary analysis on industry trends, corporate activities, and investments. For non-business students, the service includes a Financial Education section with tools for understanding personal finance.
U.S. and global industry market research reports.
Overall Geographic/Economic/Regulatory Environment
Country profiles, rankings and doing business guides are all excellent sources to extract relevant data for analyzing potential business locations.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Commerce Reports, Country Reports and Market Indicators and Forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit offer monthly and annual in depth analysis, data and ratings for the infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns for over 200 countries.
Country Commercial Guides.
Global business knowledge site providing access to authoritative data from Michigan State University.
HSBC/PWC Doing Business Abroad Guides
Country Commercial Guides (CCG's) are prepared annually by U.S. embassies with the assistance of several U.S. government agencies. These reports present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis. The CCG's were established by recommendation of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), a multi-agency task force, to consolidate various reporting documents prepared for the U.S. business community." Site contains data published prior to 2001. For data published after 2001, please visit the US State Department
Guides cover business forms, taxation, accounting, trade and human resources.
Articles about Pharmaceutical Industry
These databases cover general business and medical topics, but you can use them to good effect to find both news and scholarship on the global pharmaceutical industry.
MEDLINE (Thomson Scientific / ISI Web Services)
Search the Medline portion of PubMed.Citations export easily to EndNote.
ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Provides access to scholarly journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, and country-and industry-focused reports.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Provides access to a wide range of academic business journals and trade magazines. Topics include management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, international business, operations management and management information systems. Full-text access may be embargoed for up to three years. Coverage goes back to 1965.
Pharmaceutical News Index (ProQuest)
Search the definitive database of pharmacological news, research, and regulatory information. Covers the most important specialized publications in the pharmaceutical, health care, biotechnology, and medical device industries.
FDA Import Program
GAO Testimony FDA Faces Challenges Overseeing the Foreign Drug Manufacturing Suppy Chain
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufactures and Associations
Pharmweb Directory of International Government & Regulatory Bodies (may need to use Google translate)