Further Partner Considerations
Outsourced process optimization can require more collaborative activity than other contracted services, as a result efficient operation requires that a number of cultural and geographic factors be at least considered, if not included, in formal search criteria. Experienced contractors know that expertise is just one characteristic of a partner that is capable of providing timely and successful solutions. For example, efficiency of communication, as well as project-specific management and reporting experience can be as important as technical expertise to the completion of a project on time and within budget.
Growing demands within the upstream cell-based bioproduction arena have changed the landscape for material and process development. From the advances in process-monitoring technologies to more capable control algorithms, project planners are struggling to keep up with the increased capabilities now commonly demanded. Bioproduction culture media and feeds are now expected to support not only increased cell densities and volumetric productivity but many other functions.
Thermo Fisher Scientific aggressively addresses these needs by providing total solutions through the integration of cell culture materials, equipment, and services. This begins with the ability to draw upon such immediate capabilities as serum-free media, Single-Use Mixers (S.U.M.), Single-Use Bioreactors (S.U.B.), as well as services provided by the Rapid Response Production and applications development groups. This capability to leverage specific expertise from the broader company at large, such as Thermo Scientific mass spectrometry and protein research products, provides a portfolio of in-house tools to be applied in contracted process optimization.