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Client Success Story:

Center for Breakthrough Medicines

A Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization

The Center for Breakthrough Medicines Implements GMP Validated System



As the Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on addressing the challenges associated with manufacturing advanced therapies, continues its rapid growth, the organization wanted to install an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to support its continued expansion and provide the highest level of responsive service to clients.

CBM’s Chief Executive Officer, Joerg Ahlgrimm pointed to the rapid growth CBM is currently undergoing with 700,000 square feet of the ongoing build as one reason for the need for a robust ERP. This year, CBM selected SAP Business ByDesign, as a GMP validated system that covers the organization’s finances, client project management, supply chain planning, logistics, warehousing, manufacturing, and quality and procurement.

“We decided we needed to put in the right foundational platforms as early as possible,” Ahlgrimm said. In order to put that system in place as hassle-free as possible, CBM turned to Utah-based Navigator Business Solutions to support their efforts. “Navigator helped us do this the right way.”

Audrey Greenberg, Co-founder of CBM, agreed, saying that Navigator’s knowledge of cloud-based systems was of utmost importance to CBM when it was shopping around for implementation partners.

Why Navigator and SAP Business ByDesign for Life Sciences?

Life science companies come to Navigator when they find their ability to grow and/or adapt is being limited by their current business processes and systems. Navigator helps accelerate operational performance through digital transformation in life sciences, so our clients can drive innovation, grow their business, become a leader in the industry, and increase market share.

SAP Business ByDesign is an out-of-the-box, fully-integrated system, that is capable of supporting regulated manufacturing and development processes.

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The Center for Breakthrough Medicines is positioned with the world's largest single-site advanced therapies facility, located in the birthplace of cell and gene therapy and staffed by the most experienced depth of scientific talent in the industry. 

“ERP systems are not known for going in quickly and effectively. On the front it seems simple…. But it’s very complex because there are so many integrated areas. If you don’t do it right, it can fall apart quickly,” he said. “We needed to be able to do this right the first time. With Navigator’s expertise, it worked out well.”