Cannabis Extraction Industry Blog

Andrew Cormack takes the lead for MediPharm Labs’ Australian production team

September 11, 2019 Category: expertise, leadership

Young peace advocate and motivational speaker Mattie Stepanek once wrote that “unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” With extensive experience in establishing and operating pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, MediPharm Labs’ new Australian Head of Production Andrew Cormack knows this to be true – the foundation of a successful team is training, development, teamwork, and collaboration.

Andrew Cormack

Prior to joining the MediPharm Labs team, Andrew was employed as a Senior Production Manager at pharmaceutical company CosmaxNBT Australia. In this role, he was responsible for strategic planning and project implementation, focusing on maximizing capacity and process optimization for efficient operations. Each month, Andrew’s team produced over 250 million softgel capsules, solid dose tablets, and powdered sachets for use in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

A goal-oriented, safety-minded, continuous improvement specialist, Andrew’s experience includes training in Six Sigma techniques which offer tools for process and quality enhancement as well as methods for minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. He believes that the best way to build an effective production team is to exercise the “4 Ps Philosophy”:

  1. People – Hire people with the right behaviours. Skills can be taught, but behaviours cannot.
  2. Process – Engage personnel to continuously improve and standardize best practices.
  3. Plan – Set specific goals and targets, clearly identifying each team member’s role in pursuing objectives.
  4. Perform – Develop simple visual standards to illustrate and convey success.
“No one watches a game without a scoreboard,” says Andrew. “I plan to build a successful production team through leading by example, providing opportunities for development, measuring and documenting goals and progress, and by supporting my personnel to perform to the best of their abilities. A commitment to these strategies and methodologies is one of the many ways that we ensure purity, consistency and safety in our products – the MediPharm Labs promise.”

When asked what inspired him to join the MediPharm Labs Australia team, Andrew indicated that he was initially intrigued by the idea of exploring a new and burgeoning industry, full of potential and possibilities. Moreover, his enthusiasm was further amplified when he began to engage with and work alongside his Canadian and Australian colleagues.

“Now that I have had the opportunity to meet and embark on projects with the teams in Canada and Australia, I am extremely excited to be a part of the MediPharm Labs family,” says Andrew. “The energy oozing from everyone at MediPharm is addictive!”

Learn more about MediPharm Labs and our production team’s offerings here.

« Back to All Posts