Escape Velocity Systems & SST Pharmaceutical Agency

By: Thomas Cutler

Evan Garber, President of Escape Velocity Systems (www.evs-sw.com) recently announced that SST Corporation selected the firm's process manufacturing software solution. Garber commented, "We are delighted to provide the leading full-service pharmaceutical agency with the most efficacious technology solution. SST represents world-class manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and fine chemicals and intermediates (FCIs.)

SST's audited network of global suppliers provide gram to commercial-scale production of APIs and FCIs, as well as custom synthesis. SST Corporation was founded in New York City in 1948, as a brokerage house for heavy and industrial chemical supply. It takes its name from the three founding partners - Fred Schmitz, Arthur Schoenwaldt and Harry Turner. In 1950, the company shifted direction and entered the burgeoning pharmaceutical market, as a supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). During those early days, SST sought out relationships mainly with European-based API manufacturers, and developed its first long-term partnership with Boehringer Mannheim, to distribute Quinine and Quinidine.

Throughout the 1950s, the firm rapidly expanded our relationships with suppliers in Europe, adding several other major German manufacturers to our network. As the growing pharmaceutical industry flourished, so did SST's partnerships; which soon included top API manufacturers in Italy, Finland, and Spain. Eventually that list lengthened to include companies in Israel, India, Japan, Korea, China and the United States as well. By the early 1960s, SST was solidly established as a dependable and knowledgeable agency connecting pharmaceutical, API and fine chemical sources worldwide with manufacturers of generic and ethical pharmaceuticals and bulk vitamins in the United States.

As the business grew, it became necessary to construct a larger facility to house the company's expanded operations. In 1985, SST moved into a brand-new facility in Clifton, New Jersey. In addition to housing the company headquarters, the facility provides a huge, attached warehouse for storage and control of the chemicals required for just-in-time delivery to customers. One of the most unique aspects of the business is the capability to maintain substantial inventory and ship most of the products we sell directly from our warehouse.

As the company continues to grow, they needed to find the best process manufacturing technology solution and concluded that Escape Velocity Systems was best able to address the unique formula-based requirements.

Escape Velocity Systems (EVS) was formed in 2001 to combine specific industry knowledge related to process manufacturing, distribution, and ERP implementations with cutting edge software development. The company focus is to create tools that enable mid-market enterprises to achieve their goals, focusing on lean processes and ROI. According Garber, "We realize that good ERP software is the hub of information in any process manufacturing enterprise. Timely, reliable, and centralized data are non-negotiable elements for businesses competing in the 21st century."

The term escape velocity refers to the speed that is necessary for an object to overcome gravity and soar into space. EVS provides direct applications for businesses looking for a catalyst, not just a software package. Process manufacturers require the best software solution coupled with industry experience that will accelerate the velocity with which they race towards their goals. The gravity of status-quo opposes aggressive, cutting edge organizations as they strive towards high quality and short lead time delivery while reducing inventories and operating costs.

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