Louis Garguilo

ARTICLES BY LOUIS

  • No Freeze In Lyophilization Outsourcing

    Ionis Pharmaceuticals considers itself a research and development engine  – and why not, with three commercial drugs and a pipeline of 40-plus clinic-worthy drug candidates. "We don't want to be a large-scale commercial manufacturer,” explains Max Moore, Executive Director, Manufacturing & Operations.  Instead, Ionis relies on CDMOs for that work, which almost always requires lyophilization. And so might your future product development and manufacture.

  • CDMOs In An Innovative-Drug Uprising

    The goal is to stop force-feeding patients cheaper generics, and keep them on branded-innovator drugs until a more effective one comes along. In this final of our three-part series, we look at the role of drug development and manufacturing outsourcing within this discussion. Because if we’ve learned anything, it's that all drugs are not the same.

  • Business Roundtable Reaffirms Capitalism – And The Supply Chain

    With the hoped-for media splash accomplished, 181 CEOs, including from Bayer, BMS, J&J and Pfizer, published an updated “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation.” They’ve committed to benefit “customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.” What’s it all about really?

  • Lyophilizing All The Way To The Biotech Bank

    Max Moore, Executive Director, Manufacturing & Operations, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, lays down a challenge to certain drug developers and manufacturers: Try to find a better scientific or economic outcome for bulk API production than lyophilization. He says you won’t. Not if you consider outcomes correctly. (And by the way, expect a lot more of all kinds of “lyo" in your future.)

  • CDMO-To-Hospital: A Direct Ending For Generic Shortages?

    Part 2 of our look at the unique business model and ambitious plans of Civica Rx.

  • Biologics Dose And API Outsourcing: A Decade of Decline?

    Can it be that today, when we expect increasing demand for CDMO services, biopharmaceutical companies have decided to outsource less of their commercial production needs than in the past? Some new data provided exclusively to Outsourced Pharma by PharmSource, an organization of GlobalData Plc., seems to suggest so. But if so, why that apparent trend reversal? 

  • Bury The Hatch-Waxman: Generics Were Not The Answer

    The hypothesis is bold: Our emphasis on generics is a detriment to U.S. patients and the entire healthcare system. Instead, these past decades we should have focused intently on increasing the life cycle and distribution of innovator drugs.

  • What If Our Generics Strategy Has Been All Wrong?

    What if we’ve been going at this all wrong for decades? If generics – and biosimilars – are not a sound solution for patients, hospitals, healthcare systems, governments, pharmaceutical companies, or CDMOs, when it comes to all parties profiting from the miracles of our best drugs? Part one in our investigative series.

  • This Biotech Failed At Outsourcing: Here’s How You Succeed Instead

    It's the immutable law: You can have good, you can have cheap, and you can have fast, but you can only have two together. However, when it comes to drug development outsourcing, veteran biopharma executive Robert Discordia has a “magic” formula of sorts. He presented it at this year’s Outsourced Pharma Boston conference.

  • The Next Generation Appreciates Our Outsourcing Industry

    Our future appears to be in good hands after all. Following on our earlier editorial, here’s a broader measure of the motivations and modus operandi of the youth inhabiting our drug development industry as we head into the 2020s … a decade they can conquer utilizing our outsourcing industry.

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Louis Garguilo



Louis Garguilo is chief editor and conference chair for Outsourced Pharma, and a contributing editor to Life Science Leader magazine. He studied public relations and journalism at Syracuse University (and holds a Master’s in English), and has 30+ years of international experience in business communications and development positions. Louis spent a decade at a global pharmaceutical contract research, development and manufacturing organization; served under the governor of New York in the state’s economic development agency, as liaison to the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry; was chief strategic officer for an e-learning software company; and spent most of the ‘80s and ‘90s in Japan as an educator, author, and business communications consultant, including for the Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases.