Chemistry always starts with route scouting.
Innovative, original molecules need novel methods of synthesis. Sometimes, our customer has only the structure of the molecule, in which case we provide the first synthetic route (or several to choose from). Other times, the preliminary synthetic work has already been done, but customers require synthesis that’s more affordable for commercial purposes—we can help with that, too.
On the other hand, there’s also plenty of work with generics. Old patents can be problematic to reproduce, so only after a thorough process development will we upscale the technology and produce the technical batch.