Working collaboratively: how outsourcing manufacturing pays off


When it comes to outsourcing your manufacturing, it’s important to find a partner with the capability and understanding to see your project through to the end, says Dr Sam de Costa, Stabilisation Projects Manager at Nova Laboratories Limited

Working collaboratively: how outsourcing manufacturing pays off

At Nova Laboratories, we pride ourselves on building long-term partnerships with our clients, and working collaboratively is the only way to fully achieve this.

As our manufacturing capabilities scale-up to commercial volumes, we have seen a growing demand for our in-house spray drying evaluation services. In our state-of-the-art R&D site, we undertake proof-of-concept spray drying trials. Using lab-scale spray dryers, we can assess the suitability of this drying technique for production, full product characterisation and powder filling options at a very early stage of drug development.

Considering commercial manufacturing and distribution challenges during the early development stages will make it easier to keep to budget and time schedules further down the line, as well as proving early on that the product works at scale.

Of course, this approach does require investment, but a good manufacturer should be able to offer you a cost- and time-effective way of working without compromising on the final outcome.

Not everyone can take a product from the lab and scale it up to commercial manufacturing levels, so it’s important that you find a company that has the set-up and capability to see your project through to the end.

Not only that, you need a manufacturer who has the regulatory approval process constantly in the back of their mind when deciding on process and formulation. This way, they can be making representative material early on without the need for future bridging studies, which can add time and money to any project.

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The earlier you think about delivery and formulation, the more likely it is that your product can make it out of the lab and into the hands of patients.