Oral solid dose development and manufacturing services

Confidently navigate every stage of your OSD product’s lifecycle

Oral solid dose (OSD) forms are typically preferred by patients due to their efficiency, cost-effectiveness, shelf stability, and ease of administration. Thermo Fisher Scientific provides comprehensive, global capabilities and resources for OSD development and manufacturing, including formulation development, process optimization, and scale up to commercial manufacturing. Our team of skilled scientists and engineers works closely with clients to develop tailored OSD formulations and optimize OSD manufacturing processes, resulting in cost-effective and high-quality OSD products. The depth and breadth of our OSD offerings makes Thermo Fisher Scientific the industry’s most trusted CDMO partner, and our range of services can help increase project visibility and achieve your vision.

Explore our global OSD capabilities:


Sixty to 70% of molecules in clinical development have high permeability but poor solubility; predictive modeling can help


We are involved with 78% of the top-performing drug products, delivering reliability and quality


We worked on over 700 large and small molecules in 2022

3 of the top 8

We have developed and launched 3 of the top 8 best-selling small molecule drugs



Oral solid dose solutions and capabilities

Getting formulation right from the start of early development can help save time and money as you advance through each phase and onward to commercialization. Our early development formulation experts and scientists are here to support every step of your project to:

  • Accelerate your project to first-in-human (FIH) studies
  • Rapidly characterize your drug substance
  • Quickly evaluate formulation options
  • Overcome formulation challenges such as low bioavailability
  • Pave the way for preclinical and clinical studies
  • Design, validate, and implement analytical and process methodologies
  • Generate the data required for IND filings 


Predictive Modelling (Engineered Solutions)
Reduce the risks associated with trial-and-error experimental methods.

Solve solubility and bioavailability challenges before they become long-term issues.

Poorly soluble compounds often demonstrate lower bioavailability, which can reduce the efficacy of the drug substance or product. Leveraging Patheon™ Quadrant 2™ predictive modeling helps in early formulation development by in-silico predictions of formulations. This approach saves time and costs by avoiding empirical, more traditional trial-and-error approaches. Quadrant 2™ predictive modeling analyzes the molecular structure, physical, and chemical characteristics of a compound and predicts the solubility enhancement technology and excipient combination that are most likely to succeed. 

Our suite of predictive modeling tools also includes:

  • Accelerated stability testing: Predict product shelf life and packability stability
  • Process development (material blending and compaction behavior): Understand material behavior and the impact on process development
  • Predicting API physicochemical properties and pharmacokinetics: Gain an early understanding of how your product is metabolized
Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) Formulation Development Services

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Hot melt extrusion: Improving solubility of poorly soluble compounds 

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Engineered Solutions for oral solid dose product development

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Advancing drug development using in silico modeling


Access to a wide range of conventional and specialized dosage forms, from simple to complex, can enable an integrated drug formulation program that is customized to your molecule’s unique properties. We will work with you to ensure that your discoveries have a proof-of-concept that has speed and efficiency built in to accelerate your molecule’s journey to FIH studies.

Our formulation scientists have access to a wide variety of technologies and approaches to control the release of the active ingredient. When working with Patheon pharma services, you will have access to a broad selection of dosage forms and release profiles such as:

Oral Solid Dosage (OSD) Form

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Our scale-up solutions will give you access to a risk assessment and proven acceptable range (PAR) studies, as well as validation of analytical methods and the manufacturing process. If needed, our QA and regulatory compliance team can provide data and support for the Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC) portion of your submission. Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for use in clinical trials are produced at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America. All our facilities comply with Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations and are regularly inspected by national regulatory agencies.

A team of experts will surround your discovery with a full range of technologies and analytical services to allow the highest degree of flexibility and deliver on time, with exceptional yields and superior quality. In late-stage trials and beyond, your drug substance will be manufactured at a cGMP commercial production facility.

Oral Solid Dose

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Setting a strong foundation for your oral solid dose product to support late-stage development 


We provide high-quality clinical trial materials to support your pursuit of regulatory approval, offering fit-for-purpose formulations for Phase I and Phase IIa studies and a comprehensive range of finished dosage forms for Phase IIb and Phase III studies.

We offer experience, reliability, and a broad range of commercial capabilities. We have an enviable record of helping our clients achieve oral solid dose commercialization success. Leveraging our commercial production and clinical trials solutions will give you extensive access to global technical experts, solutions, global regulatory insights, and transportation.

Getting your early development process right from the start can help save time and money as you advance through each phase and on to commercialization. We offer dedicated development hubs, engineered solutions, advanced chemistry, and innovative process technologies provided by our team of early development global experts and scientists to support your unique project. Our team understands the molecule challenges from early development to commercial and are here to help you minimize experimental efforts and reduce risk.

Gain access to an integrated drug program for flexible and tailored solutions along with a variety of early development programs that inject speed and flexibility into your small molecule’s lifecycle.

  • Patheon™ Quick to Clinic™ helps reduce the time it takes to get your discovery to patients
  • Quadrant 2™ predictive modeling analyzes your compound’s specific molecular structure and chemical characteristics in combination with your unique target product profile.

For pharmaceutical companies without their own facilities, choosing the right partner for late phase clinical trials and commercial production is a critical consideration for getting to market faster.

Flexibility and reliability are keys to ensuring fast delivery of your program, which is why we provide a fully integrated package of services to meet your programs specific requirements.