For our discussion, it may be helpful to understand the special requirements that process development has to meet in the whole business workflow (Fig. 30.3).
As already mentioned, one of the main goals of process development is to enable the manufacture of the desired product in the desired quantity to the required specification. But, additionally, often equally important goals include shortening the time to market, and achieving the least expensive manufacturing process. For the production department, robustness and simplicity of the process are the two guiding principles in this endeavor.
The process, moreover, has to be environmentally benign and should be the best long-term route. Last, but not least, the synthetic route must be unimpeded by external patents and, in order to strengthen one's intellectual property position, it should be patentable.
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