Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scott Burger on finding the right strategic partner

By Brian Caine

Advanced Cell & Gene Therapy MD Scott Burger gave attendees of Cell Therapy Bioprocessing & Commercialization a detailed overview of the roles, responsibilities and importance of teaming up with the right strategic partners, CMOs, CROs Suppliers and other contract providers.

“While it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to successfully bring a product to market,” he said.

He also outlined the five historical problems with working with CMOs:
  1. Insufficient cell therapy experience and expertise
  2. Inadequate capacity
  3. Lack of commitment to the project
  4. Differing expectations for roles and responsibilities
  5. Inadequate/ineffective communication between client and CMO
Burger provided examples of differences between a biological and a CT CMO and reinforced the critical need to vet each CMO candidate to ensure their “capabilities, capacity, availability match your needs and expectations”.

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