Essential Considerations in Choosing a Custom Synthesis Company
Several industries now are experiencing a rapidly growing demand in new materials as the major enabling technology that will lead to better performance in end-use products. In an entire variety applications, from computers to healthcare, the creation of new materials that fix vital issues or improve final product usage has become the order of the day.
Companies of all sizes are investing in the production of new materials and are always searching for custom synthesis capabilities beyond their own organization.
Such companies know the big role played by their own intellectual property for new materials, and for the applications that these materials are made for. Thus, several companies synthesize at the start the first new materials that demonstrate the enhancement in performance desired and permit the filing of key intellectual property for the protection of the materials and/or uses.
Should they decide that the material is required at a higher scale with its performance justifying scale,there are often two options for this: internal or captive production, and external production. Usually, companies that want these materials to be scaled-up do not have in-house chemical scaling resources, and will look for external custom synthesis partners that will help them.
Generally, captive in-house synthesis capabilities for one development material is not cost-efficient, in contrast to a collaborative relationship with a company that actually specializes in custom synthesis. These projects are mostly laboratory procedures that are focused on producing enough material for testing and IP filing, and not full-scale production.
When brought before external specialists, a vital decision to be made here involves choosing the best external partner for the project’s present status. These customers have to learn more aboutthe company they are considering to partner with. Customer collaboration is also imperative when choosing a custom synthesis manufacturing partner. Usually, materials which have been first developed in a laboratory setting and for which there is a greater final user demand, are prepared at more or less the same scales by the outsourced company in a collaborative environment shared with the customer’s internal chemists for purposes of ensuring repeatability.
Then, as the new material moves from laboratory to pilot to multi-ton quantities, the custom synthesis company will continue to work with the customer, making sure that performance as well as the project’s economics remains optimal, especially with respect to consumers’ expectations.
Usually, good external partners are able to link the initial contract research-like procedures with pilot scale-up and full-scale manufacturing capacities, providing the customer a seamless experience through out the growth of their project. Good communication between a customer and its external custom manufacturing partner is crucial to a successful project because this helps ensure that each party can achieve their desired economics, at the same time being on the same page about the management goals of the project.