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Four Keys for Successful Contract Manufacturing Relationships in Life Sciences

Published: 10 May 2013

ID: G00252189

Analyst(s): Todd Applebaum, Michael Dominy


For life science manufacturers, the relationship with a CMO is much more than a typical customer-vendor relationship. By applying best practices, companies can create a more agile supply chain, manage business risks, accelerate innovation and speed products to market.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Adopt a Life Cycle Perspective to Guide Your Relationships With CMOs
  • Develop Partnering Strategies That Are Aligned With Your Long-Term Business Needs
  • Clearly Define Operating Processes and Performance-Based Metrics With Your CMOs
  • Build in Flexibility for Changing Needs, and Re-evaluate the Relationship on a Regular Basis

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