Better Safe Than Sorry: Managing the Risks and Costs of CDMOs in the Agrochemical Industry

Posted by CJB Applied Technologies on Jul 21, 2020 4:06:50 PM

 

 

You have your great idea for an agrochemical product, but you’re just not sure how to make it happen quickly enough. That’s when you need a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) to step in and take the reins.

A CDMO can help catapult your great idea through development, formulation, testing, scale-up, and packaging. The team you select should have expertise in the agrochemical industry, many years of experience, and a proven record of generating results to ensure your project comes to life.

Choose your CDMO with careful consideration. You want your chemicals and biologicals handled properly, respecting the safety of the environment and technicians. Details regarding project pricing, timelines, and execution of the plan need to be upfront discussions. Additionally, your CDMO should look for potential formulation enhancements and cost-cutting measures that could make the product more profitable. Industry expertise is key to ensuring your products get developed in a time frame that meets your launch deadline.

At CJB Applied Technologies, we optimize the product development cycle to reduce time between project start-up and commercialization while maintaining high quality. We prioritize the environmental, health, and safety review of new formulations and the day-to-day execution of safety protocols in our lab and pilot plants. Our culture is based on integrity. Our goal is to be the most respected chemical company in the world.

 

What is a CDMO?

A Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) provides other companies with comprehensive services from product formulation development through manufacturing. This term was originally developed in the pharmaceutical industry, yet is also generally applicable to life sciences. In the agrochemical industry and other pest management industries, a CDMO may work with fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides, as well as plant growth regulators, micronutrients, biologicals, biostimulants, and other related projects. When working with the CDMO, the contracting company then takes these new products to market.

A CDMO has many benefits including getting your idea to market quickly and perhaps bypassing the need to secure funds, build labs, build a plant, or hire additional staff. It may make more sense to go with a company that’s already established with formulation and development expertise.

 

 

What are the Risks to Consider When Hiring a CDMO?

As with most things, start with the end in mind. In life science projects, the deadline can be crucial. If you are gearing up to fight a pest, you can only deploy your product during the times dictated by your target. Project success requires academic knowledge and expertise, along with the ability to adapt a project as milestones are met and results are achieved. 

Your CDMO team should be experienced. They should be able to work on a variety of projects, practice open communication, and collaborate well with each other as well as their customers. Your CDMO should recognize the stages of the process where cost-savings can be implemented and adhere to regulatory requirements imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, and any other regulatory requirement.

A trustworthy CDMO will help you avoid issues that could arise with materials, communications, timelines and regulations. Any of these has the potential to cause a project to go over budget, fail timeline goals and ultimately result in you missing a profit target. 

 

How Does CJB Applied Technologies Manage These Risks?

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The chemists at CJB Applied Technologies have used their experience and expertise to develop a step-by-step path to turn your good idea into cash flow. We have opened a brand new facility this summer to expand our vision of helping customers optimize formulation, product performance, test method development, commercial scale-up, and more.

 

Why Choose CJB Applied Technologies as Your CDMO?

You need a CDMO that puts safety first—from the initial discussion of your project to the end result. The right CDMO should make good use of your time and money, but it should also identify areas in your project where an investment will pay returns. A good CDMO should efficiently develop high-quality products they proudly stand behind. The CDMO you choose should make you eager to work with them again.

CJB Applied Technologies is industry proven at developing formulations for all products in the agrochemical and related industries. Many of our projects are completed within 90-days, though some are multi-year. We have extensive relationships with suppliers of formulation ingredients, and our laboratory and pilot plants are in-house for maximum efficiency during scale-up.

If you choose, we have a sister company, CJB Industries, Inc., that can make many of the developed formulations on a commercial scale platform. When you’re ready for mass production, we will be happy to work with you.

In the long run, managing the risks and costs of hiring the right CDMO from the start will allow you to stay within budget, save time, invest resources wisely, and launch a great product. CJB Applied Technologies has the expertise and experience you need to be successful with your idea. We have a clear process that provides a quick turnaround to meet your deadlines with a focus on safety, quality, and results. Learn more about how our services can assist you with your next formulation development project.

 

 

 

 

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