Navigating the decision-making process
Buffers are essential in all stages of the production of biological drugs, and are therefore important for every manufacturer. Managing the logistics and the large number of components involved with buff er manufacturing and storage requires extensive amounts of time and labor, as well as facility space. This has led to an increase in the number of manufacturers seeking alternative options to in-house preparation.
The decision whether or not to outsource buff er preparation is not clear-cut, but provides an opportunity to balance risk with reward. Irrespective of the size of the organization and in-house capacity, outsourcing can:
- Help increase process efficiencies
- Reduce risk by simplifying and standardizing workflows
- Help decrease operating cost, and improve quality, compliance, and productivity
- Free up valuable skilled staff, as well as space