After exploring the market, Brown identified 28 service providers with enzyme-immobilization expertise, but only 4 of them also had experience with suspension polymerization—the process for synthesizing the bead. The company Alcresta eventually signed with, Almac Sciences, wasn’t on the short list. “Companies with experience in both immobilization and suspension polymerization recognized they were in a unique position and were larger companies,” Brown says. “Frankly, they wanted to make a bigger deal of it than Alcresta could stomach at the time.” As he widened his search he decided to take another look at Almac.
by Michael McCoy and Rick Mullin |
June 24, 2019