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Shopping for Molecule Daycare: What to Think About

Molecule Daycare ImageShopping for a child’s daycare provider is often a daunting task. The most important part of your life has to be under the care and supervision of someone who’s not you. You’re so worried they’ll get hurt or sick, and you wonder what they will learn from their caretaker.

When considering different daycare options, the parent would likely evaluate facilities on security, quality of processes, capability of staff members, and a multitude of other considerations. Similarly, when looking for a facility to care for your molecule, it’s easy to find parallels. Parents of both children and molecules want the same things for their babies; here’s what they think about and why it’s important:

Security

  • For Children. Without question, your child’s security is the first priority. If the daycare can’t keep unwanted visitors out, it’s a deal breaker. They must remove all hazards and have fenced-in play areas to keep the little one close.
  • For Molecules. The facility should have adequate security measures in place to discourage would-be thieves without alerting the world that valuables are inside. They should have standard operating procedures in place to limit and control access, and the employees should be responsible and accountable for doing their part to protect your materials.

Culture of Quality

  • For Children. You want daycare staff members who know the rules, have adopted the rules, and hold themselves accountable to the same set of rules. Children are impressionable, and they learn by example.
  • For Molecules. While no one loves a child like a parent, you can find a caregiver who will nurture your little one without missing a beat. The organization responsible for keeping your valuable materials should be one that doesn’t need to be told what to do and responsibly manages the storage and transactions without being prompted. Their track record should reflect their expertise and ability to anticipate and meet all regulatory requirements.

Redundancy

  • For Children. You want a daycare capable of withstanding the inevitable staff absences and have a plan in place to call in reinforcement in extreme cases. You want them to have a back-up plan prepared in case Fido gets out-of-hand on Show-and-Tell day.
  • For Molecules. The facility should have alternate power sufficient to maintain conditions within acceptable ranges and prevent excursions. In cases where power may not be the problem, there should be additional heating/cooling units or alternate physical spaces.

Storage

  • For Children. They should know how to handle the various requirements of the different age groups under their care. They’ll need to have many options of learning activities and toys available to keep each kid happy and in their element. Not all kids like to play with blocks.
  • For Molecules. Since a project will have many components in addition to the API, the facility should be capable of storing not only inert materials at room temperature, but toxics, flammables, corrosives and those that require special security measures in various temperatures and humidity conditions.

Transparency

  • For Children. You want a daycare that will keep you in the loop, answers your phone calls, and gives you access to its two-way mirror so you can peek through and check on your child without disturbance. You want them to be able to chat during your times of availability in case you need to talk about something that happened during the day.
  • For Molecules. The facility should provide transparent access to materials while not disturbing the integrity of the containment, both for protection of the product and for the protection of those who may come into contact with the materials. These transactions should be compliant, appropriately documented, and available for review at any time without notice.

Broad Capabilities

  • For Children. You want a daycare that has long hours so they can provide care whenever you need them to. You don’t want your baby passed around to multiple daycares, just to accommodate your schedule. Plus, you want a daycare that has one multi-purpose room with lots to do—don’t want them getting misplaced in the halls…
  • For Molecules. Reducing variability is always important and finding a facility that can do more in one place is a great benefit. Some facilities will be able to perform incoming release testing, stability testing, filling and packaging, and transport validation under one roof. Keeping everything in one location minimizes the risk of introducing additional variables into the supply chain.

Daycare versus outsourcing: the hard facts are easily relatable; the emotional connection is often underestimated.

For the molecule, the attitude of the facility needs to meet, and in many cases, exceed that of the material owner. They need to understand the value of the molecule and the project to move the molecule forward. It’s not a stretch to have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in just a few grams. Delays of mere days can result in millions lost when it translates to a later commercial launch.

Behind many successful compounds are often a team of individuals who have devoted major portions of their lives to traversing the regulatory and scientific hurdles from discovery to commercialization. Along the way there are many hand-offs, from team to team and trial to trial, thus continuously building the cheering section for the success of their baby.

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Tom Zajac

Associate Project Manager at BioConvergence LLC
Tom manages projects at BioC with a primary focus of supply chain management and production services. He has led projects with large, mid-size and small pharma companies in both human and animal health. Tom received his Bachelor’s from Indiana University and has served in the Navy overseas.

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