Merit Solutions’ client MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq: MNKD) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic products for patients with diseases such as diabetes.

We recently sat down with Van Kwok, Associate Director of MannKind, and asked him to discuss his partnership with Merit Solutions.

Why did you decide to change your ERP / accounting solution?

As a publicly traded pharmaceuticals and manufacturing company, MannKind Corporation needed a system that would not only handle our daily operations from financials, inventory control, manufacturing, and production – the solution also needed to satisfy SOX and GxP compliance requirements as well as meeting the stringent FDA requirements we are subject to.

Why did you choose Merit Solutions for your Microsoft Dynamics implementation?

Merit Solutions has the in depth knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics products and the implementation experience as well as their expertise in the Life Science space that exceeded our needs as a partner in implementing ERP and quality solutions.

How would you describe Merit Solutions’ Life Sciences Industry experience?

Merit Solutions has a number of subject matter experts and consultants in the field of Life Sciences. Merit has been successfully supporting a number clients in the industry, and we are pleased to have Merit as a partner in implementing solutions and providing ongoing support.

What underlying business issues have Merit Solutions helped you address?

As a publicly traded company, SOX compliance is a high priority for our business operations and financial reporting. The issue of being able to provide information to auditors is critical, and the solutions from Merit have provided us with the functionality for this reporting requirement. Lot Track and Traceability is another critical functionality for our business in tracking our inventory, from raw materials to finished goods. Merit has also provided us a solution that enables us to comply with regulatory forward and backward traceability requirements.

How does Merit Solutions compare to other consulting firms you have worked with?

Merit has an excellent track record of providing outstanding customer support and delivering successful project results and solutions for MannKind. They have an excellent team of professionals – their responses are prompt and their solutions are effective.

How else has Merit Solutions helped you comply with FDA requirements?

Merit has assisted us in putting together Audit Trails, Materials Log Management, and System Security to control the electronic data integrity and comply with the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.