What to Consider When Choosing a Custom Synthesis Partner
A lot of industries are now enjoying a fast-growing demand for new materials as the main enabling technology which will result in enhanced performance of end-use products. 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 large and small are investing in such new materials development and are often searching for custom synthesis capabilities from other potential partner organizations .
These companies understand the importance of their own intellectual property for new materials, as well as for the end-uses that these materials allow. Thus, several companies synthesize at the start the first new materials that demonstrate the enhancement in performance desired and permit the filing of key intellectual property for the protection of the materials and/or uses.
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. Typically, companies looking to scale-up such materials have no chemical scaling assets of their own, and will outsource external custom synthesis experts that can help them.
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 mostly laboratory procedures that are focused on producing enough material for testing and IP filing, and not full-scale production.
When brought before external specialists, a vital decision to be made here involves choosing the best external partner for the project’s present status. It is important that customers learn more about a potential partner company before choosing it above the rest. Customer collaboration is crucial as well for those who want to outsource custom synthesis manufacturing services. Usually, materials which have been first developed in a laboratory setting and for which there is a greater final user demand, are prepared at more or less the same scales by the outsourced company in a collaborative environment shared with the customer’s internal chemists for purposes of ensuring repeatability.
Then, as the new material transitions from lab to full-scale production, the custom synthesis organization will keep working with the customer, ensuring maximum performance and project economics, especially in terms of meeting expectations from customers.
Reputable external partners can bridge initial to the grand-scale manufacturing capabilities, offering the customer a smooth experience through the entire duration and growth of their venture. 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.