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August 2017

Welcome to the August 2017 issue of CMC Market Outlook

This monthly e-newsletter provides valuable insights for both buyers and sellers of CMC drug development services. Our coverage will help you identify and understand market trends that will inform your strategic business perspective.

Enjoy the August issue!

The PharmSource Team

CMOs Must Embrace Flexible Manufacturing

by Jim Miller, President, PharmSource

The need for flexibility in manufacturing arrangements and technologies has never been greater. New products are more technically challenging, produced in smaller volumes, and subject to great market uncertainty stemming from competing therapies and reimbursement risk.

Contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) need to respond in both technical capabilities… read on

CDMOs Buttressed by Resilient Emerging Biopharma Sector

by Saul Richmond, Director of Market Intelligence

Publicly traded emerging biopharmaceutical companies increased their research and development (R&D) expenditure in the second quarter of 2017, reaching almost $3.9 billion, 45% greater than the spending level seen in the second quarter of 2015.

Although the total R&D expenditure of emerging biopharma companies (around $15 billion annually) is a fraction of the $100 billion spent by global bio/pharma companies (25 largest by revenue), it is overwhelmingly outsourced…read on

PharmSource President Jim Miller to Speak at Industry Event

Contract Pharma:
16th Annual Conference and Tabletop Exhibition.
New Brunswick
New Jersey
Thursday, September 14
2:15 pm

Dose CMOs Stuck in Idle


PharmSource’s just-released trend report, Contract Dose Manufacturing Industry by the Numbers: Composition, Size, Market Share and Outlook – 2017 Edition, reveals several factors for the dose CMO industry’s relatively poor performance in 2016:

1. Rebound in drug development since 2013 is too recent to benefit dose CMOs

2. Heavy investment in captive capacity by global bio/pharma companies

3. Declining significance of dose manufacturing in drug cost of goods as new drugs with high value APIs dominate the pipeline


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October 3rd and 4th at the Bethesda North Marriott in Bethesda, MD

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