Strategic Commercial Manufacturing Plan

PCT’s Strategic Commercial Manufacturing Plan (SCMP) allows the cell therapy developer to inform and align its stakeholders, make informed choices as to its needs to fund further development, plan for future-state unit operations and project COGs both at commercial launch and at scale post-launch. The SCMP provides the developer with actionable recommendations including a breakdown of the cost, duration, timing, justification and expected impact of each development and optimization objective for its product candidate.

The SCMP is a robust plan that includes and exceeds the content of the Strategic Manufacturing Assessment and Quality Risk Analysis.

The SCMP includes three primary segments:

  • Evaluation of Current State
  • Analysis for Optimization Opportunities
  • Recommendation for Achieving Commercial Readiness

Evaluation Segment—a thorough description of the current state of the developer’s manufacturing process, including current-state descriptions of Quality Target Product Profile, Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs), and Unit Operations (UO).

Analysis Segment—used to identify opportunities for optimization and improvement, as well as particular areas of challenge and risk. Here, strengths and weaknesses in a developer’s manufacturing process are identified in order to outline what is needed to successfully evolve from the current state to a state of commercially viable manufacturing by looking at quality, cost of goods, scalability and sustainability.

Recommendations Segment—provided in the form of an optimization plan, based on the evaluation and analysis performed. Successful implementation of the optimization plan is needed to meet the commercial manufacturing vision of the cell therapy developer.

Meet Our Experts


Courtney LeBlon, PhD, Senior Biomedical Engineer, Innovation & Engineering
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, PA

Courtney’s responsibilities include application of automation and closed systems to cell therapy manufacturing, application of Development by Design (DbD) and Risk Management principles, process mapping, cost of goods modeling, quality risk management, and change management/comparability assessment.  Her manufacturing engineering work at PCT has primarily been focused on selection of CD34+ cells for a variety of indications.

SCMP Image.pngIt is important to note that while the scope of the SCMP is focused on manufacturing development, the plan must be crafted and executed in the context of all the other elements of product development.

The SCMP is most appropriate for a cell therapy product developer with at least preliminary process and product definition, some first-in-man clinical testing, and a reasonable sense of the commercial prospects for their candidate product.

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Contact PCT to learn more about how a Strategic Commercial Manufacturing Plan can help you reduce potential product quality risk.