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Managing Vendor Selection through the RFP Process

Presented at: IBC’s International Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing, Contracting, and Partnering Conference: Discovering & Enhancing Strategic Options in Biomanufacturing San Diego, CA, March 7, 2005

Many of the activities that encompass biopharmaceutical development can be outsourced to qualified CMOs. Selection of appropriate CMOs for each activity is critical to successful development and meeting timelines. The selection process can be streamlined through generation of a precise set of inclusion/exclusion criteria and use of a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Strategies for efficient management of the RFP process will be described using examples from Drug Substance manufacturing.