You have just completed a full technical transfer to a CDMO for your commercial drug product. This has been a two-year program and you are gearing up to launch the opening campaign. Then, the regulatory team from the CDMO alerts you that it has been issued a warning letter by the FDA.
If the mission statement of nanotechnology is “to perform precise interventions at the cellular or molecular level to improve health and promote quality of life,” then the contract manufacturer might seek a mission statement such as, “to enable novel therapy in a safe, effective way, advancing medical science one medicine at a time.”
Finding a contract laboratory to fit the needs of your product is often challenging. Especially in the clinical and preclinical space, laboratory support is critical to presenting a foundation to the agency that your product is of the right quality and safety, and the basis of this before validation batches have been made depends wholly on the quality controls in place.
It is difficult to be the pioneer seeking a partner who wants the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new technology — and to participate in the future of medicinal chemistry.
At some point, you may face the looming reality that your critical timeline will not be met, and you are struggling to get a believable commitment from the CMO to report back to your own organization.
You just received an official notification from your CMO: It is going to remediate the facility in which you have been making a commercial product for six years. Now, you look at your options. You can stay with your current CMO, or you can take this opportunity — forced though it may be — to determine if it is time for a change.