Being a part of Capsugel’s exciting transformation has been an extremely rewarding experience. Shortly after Encap Drug Delivery was acquired by Capsugel in 2013, I joined the company to help it expand beyond its R&D focus and enter into the commercial manufacturing world. One of the most important things we did to achieve this was introduce a formal Supply Chain function, which ensures that Capsugel can reliably deliver on the increasing number of commercial manufacturing projects coming in from new and existing customers.
Currently, I oversee Capsugel Edinburgh’s operations, including facilities, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain. Part of the exciting challenge is channeling both commercial and pre-commercial activity through the same manufacturing and laboratory facilities and resources at the Edinburgh site. It requires an extremely close partnership among all colleagues, which will only increase with the projected significant growth and expansion at the site.
In addition, my colleagues must also work in close partnership with clients throughout the lifecycle of their drug products, from concept to commercial. Alongside client partnerships, the relationships between Capsugel and regulators (FDA, MHRA and other agencies around the world) is extremely important. Demonstrating good compliance through adherence to robust procedures is a fundamental aspect of our business – one that is necessary to provide patients with safe and effective medicines.
To me, what sets Capsugel apart is our ability to deliver large-scale projects whilst maintaining the feeling of a small start-up business.
We make decisions quickly and efficiently, and we aren’t afraid to invest in potential opportunities for the future. We have an enviable client drug product pipeline that will provide more commercial products in the future to feed the operation in line with Capsugel’s vision. We will also continue to add more drug delivery platforms to our capability in the coming year which will widen the range of specialized services that we can offer our clients.