By Phil Huffman, publisher
Do you remember the last time a home-improvement project reared its ugly head inside your place of residence? If you’re anything like me, you probably pondered putting on some old clothes, dusting off the tool box, and tackling the issue yourself before quickly coming to your senses. Nine times out of 10, when faced with these issues at my home, that process ends with the yellow pages, a search for customer ratings and testimonials, and finally a call to an expert.
My home is my biggest investment, and as handy as I’d like to believe I am, when a pipe bursts, concrete cracks, or the dryer goes on the fritz, I am not the person most qualified to make the repairs that will ultimately maintain and improve its value. Home ownership and drug manufacturing, while different, share similar concepts. Chances are your organization has spent a great deal of time and money developing your molecule. You’ve conducted countless trials, waded through miles of regulatory red tape, and now you’re facing the decision to manufacture internally or contract the work out to an expert.
Unless your company is to the pharmaceutical manufacturing universe what Bob Vila means to general contracting, this decision should be easy. Similar to individuals who don’t have the tools or expertise to build an addition on their home, many drug companies don’t have the equipment, capacity, or expertise necessary to manufacture, package, and ultimately transport their products to market.
If you’re reading Life Science Leader, chances are you get involved in these decisions. Within the pages of this special edition, you can find pharmaceutical manufacturing versions of life’s plumbers, masons, electricians, and service workers. These are organizations that continually hone their craft and spend every hour of every day tirelessly working toward shorter timelines, accurate batches, and getting your drugs to the people who need them most.
Please take some time to peruse the enclosed information, and as always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.