AbbVie Contract Manufacturing Wins 2017 Life Science Leader CMO Award

Fri Mar 24 13:30:00 EDT 2017

The AbbVie Contract Manufacturing has won in all six categories for the 2nd year in a row the 2017 Life Science Leader CMO award for its innovation, quality, productivity and regulatory achievements. Life Science Leader, a business source for pharma and biotech executives, recognized the group as a top Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) in its March 2017 issue.

This award is based on industry feedback on potential CMO partners across the pharmaceutical industry. To determine the awards, Life Science Leader evaluates more than 10,000 survey responses from targeted industry executives who employ contract manufacturing services.

For more than 35 years, AbbVie Contract Manufacturing has offered contract manufacturing services to external clients. These services include production of drug product, potent drugs, hot melt extrusion, fermentation, prefilled syringes, biologics, as well as manufacturing of high quality APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients).

CMO Leader Awards 2017Left to right: Max Brescia, Director, Acct Manager Int’l Finished Goods, Sales Italy, Anna VanDyke, Sr. Sales Manager, Michelle Calhoun, Director, Sales and Marketing, and Jeff Tremain, Business Development Sales Manager.






The award is an important distinction among CMOs because future business may be given based on the industry leaders chosen as the top awardees. Life Science Leader recognized AbbVie as an industry leader in five of the five potential categories with the following criteria:

Capabilities | All facilities fully owned; Complementary core competencies to in-house or other manufacturing contractors; Facility has most up-to-date manufacturing technologies; Full range of manufacturing for the dosage forms we require; Has capacity to meet our demands; Offers innovative solutions; Proven ability to manufacture API; Provides regulatory support for filing; Stability testing capabilities; Storage capabilities

Compatibility | Access to desired markets; Accessible senior management; Complementary core competencies to in-house or other manufacturing contractors; Cultural fit; Financial strength/stability; Timely project communications; Well-regarded within the industry

Expertise | Ability to smoothly scale up manufacturing and transfer technology; Experience level of staff; Offers innovative solutions; Provides regulatory support for filing; Scientific knowledge; Strong regulatory track record

Quality | Right first time measurements; Strong regulatory track record; Track record for meeting quality performance metrics; Up-front contingency planning, risk management

Reliability | All facilities fully owned; Financial strength/stability; Flexibility to adjust schedule for special requests; Has capacity to meet our demands; Reliable on-time delivery; Timely project management; Up-front contingency planning, risk management

Discovery | Companies evaluated favorably by those who have utilized their development related services

“We are extremely proud of this achievement and what it represents about our commitment to this business and the entire operations team.  This accomplishment would not be remotely possible without the support of everyone.  We are honored to share this award with all our colleagues.” said Keith Kentala, Vice President, Commercial Development.

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