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Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association formed.

Fifteen leading Contract Manufacturing Organizations and Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs/CDMOs) have joined the Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association (PBOA), a new non-profit trade association that aims to help advance the industry's regulatory, legislative and business interests.

PBOA is comprised of large and small molecule manufacturers, from APIs to finished dosage forms, with members covering the gamut from single-site to globally networked companies. The association's Founding Members are Afton Scientific, Coldstream Laboratories, Cook Pharmica, Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, Halo Pharma, Hospira One 2 One, Jubilant HollisterStier, Metrics Contract Services, Patheon, Inc., Therapure Biomanufacturing, and WellSpring Pharma Services.

Initial General Members are AAlPharma Services / Cambridge Major Laboratories, Coating Place, Confab and DPT Labs. The Advisory Committee is chaired by Jim Miller, president of PharmSource, and includes members with client and provider perspective.

The PBOA will work collaboratively to advocate and represent its industry before regulatory, governmental, and legislative bodies; educate pharma and biopharma companies, the general public and other stakeholders on the value that CMOs/CDMOs bring to the development and manufacture of therapeutics; and advance common industry goals and interests through industry research, analysis and knowledge sharing.

Activities will include outreach with FDA, Congress, industry associations, sponsors and the public, holding workshops, webinars and networking events for member companies and other CMOs/CDMOs, establishing special interest groups to pursue focused goals, building business solutions partnerships with vendors, and developing baseline standards to streamline the client auditing process.

The PBOA's founder and president, Gil Roth, commented, "CMOs and CDMOs are the companies that help the pharma and biopharma industry develop and manufacture drugs and other treatments safely and cost effectively. Until now, they haven't had a trade association to represent their needs and interests. The PBOA will ensure that their voice is heard, that they have a seat at the table, and that the industry can move forward and mature."

Mr. Roth, who previously served as editor of Contract Pharma, until leaving earlier this year to launch the PBOA, noted, "The CMO/CDMO industry has grown tremendously in the past 15 years, but the absence of a group like the PBOA has kept it from reaching its full potential."

John Ross, executive vice president, Metrics Contract Services, commented, "Metrics Contract Services is a Founding Member of PBOA because, as a long-standing player in the CDMO space, we recognize the significant and growing contribution to the pharma/ biopharma landscape that contract service providers deliver."

Sam Ricchezza, vice president, business development, Well-Spring Pharma Services, remarked, "The CMO/CDMO industry has a long-standing need for a trade association, and I'm proud to be a Founding Member of the PBOA."

Look for our Q&A with Gil Roth in the November/December issue!

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Contract Pharma
Date:Oct 1, 2014
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