What to Consider When Choosing a Custom Synthesis Partner
Various industries are now dealing with an increasing demand in new materials as the primary enabling technology expected to yield a boost in end-use product performance. In a whole array of applications, from electronics all the way to food, the creation of new solutions to pivotal issues or for improvements in final product usage has been unstoppable.
Small and big companies alike are putting money in such development of new materials and are always searching for custom synthesis capabilities outside of their own organization for purposes of collaboration in the laboratory and/or to scale-up development of the materials.
These companies know the importance behind their own intellectual property for new materials and their end uses. This is why companies usually synthesize the first new materials initially, demonstrating the improvement in performance desired and paving the way for the filing of key intellectual property, which will protect the materials and/or usage.
If they think the material is needed at a higher scale while its performance justifies scale, in most cases, they have two options for the scaled-up synthesis: in-house or captive production, and external production. Companies wanting to scale-up such materials often have no internal chemical scaling resources, and will partner with external custom synthesis companies to engage.
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 in most cases lab procedures aimed at creating enough material to test and IP filing purposes only, and not for mass production.
When they are presented to external partners, a crucial decision here is in selecting the right company for the current status for the project. It is important that customers learn more about a potential partner company before choosing it above the rest. Customer collaboration vital too when partnering with a custom synthesis manufacturing company. To guarantee repeatability, materials first developed in laboratories and for which there is a bigger demand from final users, are usually created in similar volumes by the external custom synthesis partner in collaboration with the customer’s own team of chemists.
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.
Typically, good external partners can seamlessly handle the process, from initial to full-scale, which offers the customer a flawless experience as their project grows. Good customer-partner communication is crucial to the success of the project, with each partner being able to attain the desired economics, on top of the project management goals being mutually understood and accepted.