Philosophy and History

Our philosophy is rooted in our desire to help every client we serve achieve stronger performance by designing and implementing customized, sustainable solutions.


We will be the partner of choice for life sciences companies and federal agencies seeking to accelerate their success.


To support research, development and manufacture of safe and effective medicines for mankind.



Established by Forward Thinking Visionaries

Tunnell Consulting was founded in 1962 during a time of rapid economic expansion. A core group of forward-thinking experts provided consulting services for strategic planning, manufacturing and industrial engineering, and Total Quality Management (TQM) projects. Serving a wide range of clients, from transportation to life sciences, they formed the foundation of what is today’s Tunnell Consulting.

Technical Support and Process Improvement

Tunnell recognized a growing need for technical support and process improvement. In response, Tunnell developed Six-Sigma capabilities which – along with operational excellence, Lean tools and proprietary methodologies – are still at the core of the business.

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Tunnell became an ESOP when Ken Tunnell sold the company to the employees.

Focusing Exclusively on the Life Sciences

Over the years, Tunnell’s client base of life sciences companies grew and in 2000 a strategic decision was made to focus exclusively on the life sciences industry. Tunnell applied its deep industry knowledge and breadth of experience in technical, quality/compliance/regulatory, manufacturing and operational improvement services across the entire life sciences spectrum including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, vaccines and medical devices.

Consulting in Key Federal Government Segments

Extensive capabilities in life sciences led Tunnell into consulting within the critical life sciences and biomedical R&D segments of the Federal Government. As pandemic disease preparedness and bioterrorism became critical issues, Tunnell began to increase its work with the DHHS, DOD and other federal agencies, forming our Government Services subsidiary.

Continuous Growth

Today, Tunnell’s clients include major global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as numerous mid-size and emerging life sciences firms. Continued growth has been experienced as a result of Tunnell’s highly esteemed reputation in delivering extraordinary results.

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