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Our CMO Leadership Awards team has compiled a list of the questions we get asked most often below.

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Life Science Leader’s readership of industry executives have told us about their struggles in efficiently vetting potential CMO partners. In response to this input, Life Science Leader developed the CMO Leadership Awards.

Based on research from Industry Standard Research’s Contract Manufacturing Quality Benchmarking annual online surveys, more than 110 contract manufacturing organizations were evaluated on more than 23 different performance metrics. Research participants were recruited from Pharma and Biopharma companies of all sizes and were screened for decision-making influence related to working with contract manufacturing suppliers. Respondents only evaluate companies with which they have worked on an outsourced project within the past 18 months. This level of qualification ensures that quality rates come from actual involvement with a business and that companies identified as leaders are backed by experiential data. CMOs have an opportunity to win these awards in up to three groups of outsourcing respondents – Big Pharma, Small Pharma, and Overall (combined Big and Small Pharma).

ISR survey participants were asked to provide an expectation rating for each CMO they have worked with in the past 18 months. Points were then totaled for a combined score for each attribute and a composite score for each core category was determined. Winning CMOs were determined when comparing their overall score vs. the competitive set.

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  1. All facilities fully owned
  2. Complementary core competencies to in-house or other manufacturing contractors
  3. Facility has most up-to-date manufacturing technologies
  4. Full range of manufacturing for the dosage forms we require
  5. Has capacity to meet our demands
  6. Offers innovative solutions
  7. Proven ability to manufacture API
  8. Provides regulatory support for filing
  9. Stability testing capabilities; storage capabilities
  1. Access to desired markets
  2. Accessible senior management
  3. Complementary core competencies to in-house or other manufacturing contractors
  4. Cultural fit
  5. Financial strength/stability
  6. Timely project communications
  7. Well-regarded within the industry
  1. Ability to smoothly scale up manufacturing and transfer technology
  2. Experience level of staff
  3. Offers innovative solutions
  4. Provides regulatory support for filing
  5. Scientific knowledge
  6. Strong regulatory track record
  1. Right first-time measurements
  2. Strong regulatory track record
  3. Track record for meeting quality-performance metrics
  4. Up-front contingency planning, risk management
  1. All facilities fully owned
  2. Financial strength/stability
  3. Flexibility to adjust schedule for special requests
  4. Has capacity to meet our demands
  5. Reliable on-time delivery
  6. Timely project management
  7. Up-front contingency planning, risk management
  1. Preformulation/formulation support
  2. Process development and optimization
  3. Analytical services, including stability and storage testing
  4. Regulatory support

The survey for the CMO Leadership Awards is conducted in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

To be considered for inclusion to take the next available survey, please contact ISR directly at

To be considered for inclusion in the next survey, please contact ISR directly at

There is no cost to be included in the survey. For winning CMOs, there is no cost to have a profile included in the awards supplement. The intention of this annual supplement is to provide Life Science Leader’s industry executive readers with a resource they can use to vet CMOs using feedback from other sponsor companies (their peers) who are utilizing outsourcing services.

Primary market research by Industry Standard Research (ISR) is the basis of the awards. For further details on your company’s performance in the survey that supports the CMO Leadership Awards, please contact ISR directly at

First of all – Congratulations! Please email and we will be happy to send you all of the necessary information to promote your company’s hard earned achievement.