Lonza has a strong framework for our interactions throughout the project process. We have a biweekly joint project team meeting that has CMC representation, as well as different team members within our organization that interface with Lonza, such as toxicology, protein sciences and bioanalytical.
On alternate weeks, we have a one-on-one with our project manager that includes project management and technical representation. Lonza also brings in other SMEs for brainstorming sessions if we have technical questions, if we need to alter the scope of work, or if any other opportunities arise.
The mix of formal and informal interaction is beneficial in terms of keeping our project on track. From this point of view, it is also helpful that Lonza has a stable team and there is a great deal of personnel continuity.
Pionyr is also currently in discussions with Lonza about our two assets that are moving toward Phase II, evaluating how they will fit into Lonza’s network. We are conscious that we are bringing in cell lines and analytical methods that were developed elsewhere, but so far, there have been focused, productive discussions on strategy and the different approaches necessary from commercial and network flexibility perspectives.