CMOs: Pharma's Heavy Lifters

When it comes to drug development and commercialization, Contract Pharma is bringing the brains and the brawn to do Pharma’s heavy lifting

Steve Kuehn, Editor in Chief
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It’s always exciting to see how a given industry responds to the market’s dynamics, and for pharmaceutical contract services companies these are exciting times indeed. For the longest time, this segment served Big Pharma from behind the scenes. Like Cinderellas, contract manufacturing, development and research companies (CMOs, CDMOs and CROs in the industry’s lexicon) were relegated to the back of the house, engaged at the servant’s entrance to serve in mundane and discrete roles, delivering API and excipients, clinical trial supply, or for some, extra commercial capacity to speed to market and meet the demand for a successful new therapy. For the most part,…

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