Richman Chemical Newsletter

Custom Synthesis for Medical Device Markets

Issue VII | October 2014


Over the last decade, the medical device market more than ever has relied on new chemistries, particularly with respect to new drug-device combinations.   Emerging companies needing to differentiate their novel technologies increasingly depend on specialized chemistry.   Advances in medical devices with chemical components require the expertise of highly-skilled synthetic and analytical chemists in organic, polymer or inorganic chemistry.  Potential outsourcing partners must possess a complex understanding of cGMP quality standards and other compliance regulations related to pre-clinical, first-in-man studies or full validation testing.

Frequently, medical device companies lack sufficient chemistry-focused human capital, despite the aforementioned trend in product development.  Fortunately they can enlist Richman Chemical as their primary CRO/CMO partner to evaluate the technology, optimize scale-up and ensure compliant full-scale manufacturing.   This high level of expertise in the polymer and inorganic areas serves the medical device space quite well, complementing our traditional strength in the field of multi-step, synthetic organic chemistry.

Richman Chemical meets the outsourcing challenges of medical device clients in numerous ways, including research and development, validated pilot manufacturing, clinical batch manufacturing, and cGMP-compliant commercial production.  Please contact us to see how we can accelerate your commercialization timeline!


Ed Richman appointed to Chemical Heritage Foundation's Board of Overseers

The Chemical Heritage Foundation has appointed Ed Richman, President of Richman Chemical, to serve on its Board of Overseers.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), which runs a free library and museum in Philadelphia, seeks to foster public awareness of science in technology. It created the Board of Overseers to extend its reach to others who understand and appreciate the contributions of chemistry to society.

“It is a wonderful honor to be invited to join this distinguished group of academic, institutional and industry luminaries," says Richman. "I believe the CHF has an important role to play in the areas where chemistry, education and industry meet.  I look forward to working with my new Board colleagues in helping the CHF fulfill its mission."

Joseph Slavin promoted to Senior Project Manager, Custom Services

Richman Chemical has promoted Joseph Slavin to Senior Project Manager, Custom Services. Slavin has been instrumental in developing new business for the company’s Custom Services unit. 

“For the past two years, Joe drove the development and eventual commercialization of a key custom product for a large Fortune 500 client,” noted Christopher Kulp, Executive Vice President of Richman Chemical. “He continues to build critical relationships with both emerging technology customers and core contractors across several markets.”

As Senior Project Manager, Slavin will continue in a project management capacity, as well as be charged with growing Richman Chemical’s newly formed Consulting Services unit, targeting early-stage and startup clients. Click here to learn more.

Featured Products and Services


Featured Service: Radiosynthesis (14C, (3H)

Richman Chemical offers one of the most consistently successful teams of radiochemists in the world, working within state of the art facilities.  We perform custom radiosynthesis in support of standard research and development, as well as cGMP radiosynthesis in support of clinical trials compliant with FDA GMP guidance ICH Q7A.

Featured Unit Operation: Extraction

Richman Chemical handles toll extractions of all kinds and all scales. Some of our capabilities include:

  • Single or Multi-solvent Systems
  • Aqueous
  • Supercritical Fluid (SFE)
  • Liquid/Liquid
  • Use of pure ethanol

Richman Chemical serves the needs of many different markets, including food, flavor, nutritional, and  industrial.

We offer multiple methods of filtration and can handle large amounts of solids in most cases. Contact us today to review your specific needs. 

Featured Product: Epichlorohydrin

Epichlorohydrin is a chemical intermediate with a variety of uses, particularly in the manufacturing of epoxy resins.

Epichlorohydrin is packaged in 55 gallon drums and is available for prompt shipment from multiple storage locations.