Article contributed by Brittni Peterson, PhD, and Emily Wozniak, PhD
Adopting new technologies is a challenge in heavily regulated environments, as innovation is often stymied in favor of safer, established technologies. This is especially true of the biomanufacturing industry. Mainstream bioreactors have been improved only incrementally since the original fermenters that produced ingredients like citric acid in the 1920s (Pictured, left) or yeast in the 1930s and 40s (de Becze and Leibmann, 1944).
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Article Contributed by Brittni Peterson, PhD and Emily Wozniak, PhD

Large-scale therapeutic products (many kg’s per year) command respect from contract manufacturers. These products generally consume dedicated manufacturing suites for multiple years and guarantee premium budgets. Their owners are often large pharmaceutical companies with significant resources and a track record of paying for the best.

Most Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs) cater to these products because they are manufactured at a high price tag and come with guaranteed capacity utilization.

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