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Top 5 Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations (CDMOs)

Patricio Ledesma

2 September, 2020

What is a CDMO? CDMO stands for Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization. A CDMO is a company dedicated to providing drug development and manufacturing services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Which are the top CDMOs? The leading CDMOs are Lonza, Catalent, Patheon, Recipharm, and Siegfried. 


Lonza is one of the world’s most renowned companies for contract development and manufacturing; an industry-leading service provider for small molecule drug substances and their intermediates. It is recognized for its reliable, high-quality service, its global capacity, innovative technology platforms, and extensive experience. In 2019 Lonza provided manufacturing services for more than 300 commercial molecules and supported the development of more than 700 pre-clinical and clinical molecules in small and large molecules as well as supporting the launch of pioneering autologous cell therapies. Lonza’s headquarters are located in Basel, Switzerland.


Catalent is a global leader in providing integrated services, superior drug delivery technologies and manufacturing solutions to help life science innovators develop and launch successful pharmaceuticals, biologics and consumer health products. The company has built an advanced range of technologies and capabilities and is dedicated to enabling a better and faster customer journey from product development to patient. With over 85 years of experience in the industry, Catalent supports partners in introducing 200 new products and manufacturing over 70 billion doses each year. Catalent’s central offices are in Somerset, New Jersey.


Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Patheon and Fisher Clinical Services brands have come together to provide industry-leading pharma services solutions for drug development, clinical trial logistics and commercial manufacturing to customers of all sizes. With more than 40 locations around the world, the company can provide integrated, end-to-end capabilities across all phases of development, including API, biologics, formulation, clinical trials solutions, logistics services and commercial manufacturing. Their services include specialized capabilities for highly potent and controlled substances, aseptic filling and lyophilization, complex formulations, solubility enhancement and difficult-to-manufacture APIs. Patheon is headquartered at Durham, North Carolina.


Recipharm is a leading pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The company offers pharmaceutical development services from seven of its global facilities, drawing on a range of proprietary technologies and intellectual property (IP). It provides seamless tech transfer from their development facilities and commercial supply of a wide range of formulations including semi-solids, solids, steriles and inhalation technologies. 


As an internationally recognized outsourcing partner, Siegfried provides products and tailor made services that integrate seamlessly into a customer’s value chain. The company offers pharmaceutical industry partners a comprehensive range of services – from development of drug substances to product development, registration and manufacturing to packaging and logistics. Its production facilities are located in Switzerland, the USA, Malta, China, Germany and France.

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