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Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Business Spin-Off to Kenvue – Prevas Leads the IT Application Migration for Kenvue's Helsingborg Factory

During 2023, the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Business underwent a spin-off into a separate legal entity known as Kenvue through an IPO process. Prevas was entrusted with project management for the migration of IT applications for Kenvue's pharmaceutical factory in Helsingborg, McNeil AB, and also contributed specialists for technical support throughout the process.

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The division towards Kenvue, kicked-off a process known as the Diamond Project, commenced in the spring of 2022. Johnson & Johnson retains the Pharmaceutical and MedTech business, while the newly formed Kenvue takes over the Self-Care, Skin Health & Beauty and Essential Health products and over-the-counter medications. Kenvue, through a transitional service agreement with Johnson & Johnson, has been provided with precise deadlines that the sites must adhere to in order to avoid violating legal clauses.

“IT serves as the backbone and the foundation supporting the core business continuity and success of our site,” says Christopher Mamo, Digital IT Site Leader at McNeil AB pharmaceutical factory in Helsingborg, whom among other things is responsible for financials in the project for the site. “Our team's commitment and thorough efforts has demonstrated our unwavering resolve to meet given deadlines, through hard work and great dedication."

The integration of the Diamond IT component into Kenvue required the development of a strategy to separate all GxP pharma-classified manufacturing PCs, applications, automation, embedded systems, network, and infrastructure throughout the entire site's end-to-end supply chain from Johnson & Johnson into the new Kenvue environment. Prevas' Project Manager began the project with a comprehensive analysis of what needed to be done – which systems would be affected, the type of data involved, contacts, and how the process would unfold. Prevas team gradually expanded with specialist consultants in technology, system development, and programming.

"In large complex projects where communication occurs across continent borders, fundamental infrastructure changes and application migrations must take place, and production must not be disrupted, communication is essential. A significant challenge has been ensuring that the right things are done at the right time and in the right way," says Lise-Lotte Thuse, Prevas’ Project Manager assigned to manage the Diamond Project in Helsingborg.

To make it successful, the Prevas team has conducted thorough detective work, requiring a high level of precision – from developing specialized Excel solutions to analyzing existing Active Directories (AD), a service in Windows Server used to manage and organize users, resources, permissions, clients, and servers, and creating new groups with permissions tailored to Kenvue's new organization.

"We have had a strong focus on guaranteeing security and traceability for production," says Lise-Lotte Thuse. “Our specialists have relocated and established new groups for the use of Kenvue's IT systems and applications, involving significant detective work. The work also required active participation in dialogues with the business and demanded a deep understanding of the operational needs.”

The migration of the IT systems at the factory in Helsingborg has been highly successful, and the approach has also been extended to other Kenvue factories, especially in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, but also globally.

“Prevas has been providing a brilliant and very professional service, supporting us with their project management and technical resources expertise”, says Christopher Mamo. “In my view, the most crucial aspect to date was the successful migration of the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), known as PAS-X. This system is vital to our site's operations, and its flawless execution marked a significant milestone, success for our team and for the business.”

Project management, technical expertise, security and traceability for production, system development, programming and support.

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