In this episode of Molecule to Market, you’ll go inside the outsourcing space of the global drug development sector with Manuel Leal, Business Development Director at IDIFARMA. A student of law and business, Manuel has carved a very impressive career in the outsourcing space all despite having no formal pharma and science background! He has spent the last decade helping take a little known, local formulation development firm in Northern Spain into a global, specialist CDMO.
Your host, Raman Sehgal, discusses the pharmaceutical and biotechnology supply chain with Manuel, covering the transition from development and clinical manufacturing to commercial production. Manuel gives us the inside scoop on what it’s like being a boutique, niche CDMO with in-demand high potency and spray drying capabilities versus serving as a “one-stop-shop”. He discusses the value of curiosity, resilience, continuous learning and being humble in carving a career in pharma, and how he has found success without a science background. Lastly, Raman and Manuel speak on the reasons we may see geographically closer and more controlled supply chains in the post Covid-19 world.
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