Contract Services for Biologics Evolve

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Chemical & Engineering News

Approximately half the drugs in the pharmaceutical pipeline now are biologics, a statistic that reflects the drug industry’s shift in emphasis over the past two decades from small to large molecules. In that time, drug firms outsourced much of their small-molecule research, development, and manufacturing operations and invested heavily in biologics. The small-molecule drug services sector, meanwhile, consolidated to create a business populated by what is known as contract development and manufacturing organizations, or CDMOs.

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