Identify relevant 3D printing technologies in PLS

Scientific publications screened.
Patents scanned.
Primary interviews conducted.


An American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods manufacturing company with annual revenue of ~ USD70 Billion & global strength of 100,000 Employees.


The client had recognized 3D printing as a key technology in various industries and was interested in identifying relevant technology developers/start-ups in this segment who were developing applications in pharma manufacturing. The client's eventual goal was to make a strategic investment and obtain the most fitting technology through licensing or acquisition.


SG Analytics conducted extensive secondary and primary market research. The team explored relevant technologies by leveraging various databases and other data sources, including:
  • Technology blogs.
  • Scientific literature.
  • Patent registrations.
  • Technology magazines.
  • Technology portals.

In the next step, SG Analytics connected with global strategic partners & universities to screen maturing technologies and technologies at a nascent stage. The initial screening resulted in a comprehensive list of potential technologies for further assessment.

SG Analytics conducted a thorough primary research to assess the shortlisted technologies. Our primary research analysts interviewed industry experts, technology developers/inventors, and consultants to validate each technology's potential and extract the most relevant technical specifications and proof of principle data.

Finally, SG Analytics collated all information and analyzed the responses to benchmark key players and technologies. Less promising/fitting technologies were excluded based on various elimination criteria set in accordance with the client. The technologies on the final list were ranked by evaluation of the potential business case considering company details, technology, and potential application through the use of an in-house ranking model.


The detailed technology due diligence analysis was provided to the client’s R&D team with holistic and accurate information enabling them to understand the most relevant technology areas and players.
SG Analytics' report also enhanced the clients understanding of current technology development status and helped in conducting an investment scenario analysis which ultimately helped the client in making their decision.