Essential Considerations in Choosing a Custom Synthesis Company
Various industries are now dealing with an increasing demand in new materials as the primary enabling technology expected to yield a boost in end-use product performance. 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. This is why companies usually synthesize the first new materials initially, demonstrating the improvement in performance desired and paving the way for the filing of key intellectual property, which will protect the materials and/or usage.
In case they decide to scale up the material as its performance justifies scale, they generally have two choices for this: in-house or captive production, and external production. Companies wanting to scale-up such materials often have no internal chemical scaling resources, and will partner with external custom synthesis companies to engage.
Compared to a partnership with an external custom synthesis specialist, devoting captive in-house synthesis capabilities to a single development material is far from cost-effective. These projects are in most cases lab procedures aimed at creating enough material to test and IP filing purposes only, and not for mass production.
When they are brought for review by potential external partners, it is critical here to choose the appropriate partner for the project’s existing status. It is important that customers learn more about a potential partner company before choosing it above the rest. Customer collaboration is also imperative when choosing a custom synthesis manufacturing partner. In order to ensure repeatability, materials initially produced in the laboratory and which have a greater demand from end-users, are often prepared at pretty much equal scales by the external custom synthesis partner with the help of in-house chemists of the customer.
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. Customer-partner effective communication is necessary for the success of the project, with both sides being able to meet their expectations, including management goals to be pursued.