Your Contract Manufacturer for Diagnostics & Life Sciences

Argonaut provides biotech manufacturing across a variety of needs, from turnkey solutions to a la carte mixes. With cGMP, FDA registration, and ISO 13485:2016 certification we build quality into each step, every time. Over 8000+ sq.ft. of clean room is available (ISO 8) and all operations are integrated into a validated EQM system.

We provide complete supply chain services including supplier evaluation, selection and qualification. Argonaut links your suppliers into a unified manufacturing system providing seamless materials management- while giving you complete visibility.

Want shipping and cold storage? We do that too.

For us manufacturing isn’t routine, it is our priority.

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Your Solutions, Our Team

Manufacturing isn’t easy – especially in life sciences. Products don’t launch or end. They form a constant cycle, each phase with its risks and rewards. Click the stage/technology that interests you.

Product Launch
Scale Up
Long Tail

We Support Your Team at Any Product Stage

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to biotech manufacturing: RUO versus FDA regulated products, pilot scale versus made to order, reagent solutions versus instrument kit. Different scopes have distinct requirements.

From point solutions to turnkey manufacturing, choose the product manufacturing capability to find out how Argonaut supports your operations.

Product Configuration

With concept testing finished, it is time to get your new product configured. From incremental to break-through products, Argonaut and its ecosystem partners have extensive experience in this key stage, having launched hundreds of products in the industry. Our team can help your team:

  • Device design, development, and testing
  • Cartridge design, development and testing
  • Design documentation

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Process Development

From developing to optimizing processes, Argonaut improves your biotech manufacturing quality and reliability:

  • Development of cGMP documentation – raw material specs, SOPs, master batch records, work instructions, and more.
  • Process equipment procurement, installation, and qualification
  • Demonstration runs at current scale
  • Develop scale up/automation strategies
  • Engineering runs at production scale
  • Development of labels, packaging components, and kit configuration

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Technology Transfer

Bridging skills, technologies and manufacturing methods between facilities can be difficult to execute. Leveraging the Argonaut team with yours makes transitions easier than ever:

  • Creation of process documents, converting existing docs to AMS format – raw material specifications, SOPs, master batch records, work instructions, label/carton proofs, pack out instructions, and more.
  • Transfer of existing manufacturing process to AMS, including on site training, process equipment installation, and qualification
  • Engineering runs at scale
  • Validation runs at scale

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cGMP Manufacturing

Balancing capacity with demand forecasts requires planning and operational flexibility. High mix, low volume products can be particularly problematic. Argonaut handles your cGMP manufacturing requirements- from the routine to the complex:

  • Bulk formulation and filtration
  • Filling into tubes, vials, bottles, syringes, cartridges
  • Device/cartridge assembly
  • Labeling, packaging, and kitting
  • Process performance qualification


Shifting gears from liquid to lyophilization formats provides both excellent operational and end-user benefits. Improve product stability, remove cold chain, reduce shipping costs, and lower your carbon footprint by going ambient.

Lyophilization is an Argonaut Core Competency. Learn More Here
  • LyoDose Beads- perfect for reactions requiring specific unit dosage (e.g. PCR)
  • Vials and Powder
  • Microbeads
  • Custom formulations- from latex beads to paramagnetics
  • Excipient screening
  • Feasibility and stability studies
  • Scale-up cGMP manufacturing
  • Labeling, packaging and kitting

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Quality Control

Quality is the key to biotech manufacturing and Argonaut can assist your efforts, from preclinical through commercialization. Our dedicated team, equipment, and expertise supplements yours.

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  • Analytical method transfer, qualification, and validation
  • Raw material qualification
  • In-process testing
  • Lot release testing
  • Stability studies

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Quality Assurance

Preventing defects from entering your product build gives you confidence the standards you establish are being met. Argonaut can help qualify systems and suppliers, inspect reagents or materials, and train staff on risk mitigation.

  • Supplier qualification – questionnaire, on site audit and report
  • Supplier investigations

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Shipping & Storage

From shipping validation studies through pick, pack, and ship, Argonaut can enhance your fulfillment strategies. Want to keep your on-site facilities maximized towards research and development? Free up high-value space using dedicated Argonaut warehousing for storing raw materials and finished goods.

  • Development of pack out instructions
  • Shipping studies
  • Pick-Pack-Ship fulfillment program
  • Product storage at RT, 4C, -20C, -80C

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Argonaut Celebrates 5 years of Contract Manufacturing Excellence

Over the past 5 years, we have helped our customers meet their growth and market challenges. They put their trust in us and we aim to deliver on our promises. Since 2016, we have significantly expanded both our services and capabilities. Currently, we have 101,000+ square feet of manufacturing space and 150+ employees.

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White Papers & Case Studies

Interested in tips and advice from our experiences? Some are big ideas. Others are hard-earned lessons. Check out the white-papers and blogs!

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Argonaut is a contract manufacturer serving the molecular diagnostic, life science, and pharmaceutical industries. Our capabilities include:

Organizations of all sizes can benefit from contract manufacturing. Large or small, working with a CMO can reduce operating costs, free up in-house resources, and accelerate time-to-market. A contract manufacturer provides your company with decades of expert experience and up-to-date regulatory compliance.

Please contact us and we can discuss the right solution for your business.

Contract manufacturing can be completely turnkey, or as minimal as you like! Argonaut offers many services, and you select those that make sense. The overall process is similar for most projects: kickoff, tech transfer & documentation, production, and delivery.

Argonaut is a services-only company that is completely dedicated to contract manufacturing. While many competitors are OEMs that offer contract work as a side business, Argonaut will never compete with you in the market or prioritize our own work over yours. Your intellectual property is safe with us, and we aim to function as if we are your own manufacturing operation. Argonaut offers comprehensive capabilities from sourcing to shipping, and decades of experience for every step of the way.

  • Cost: Often a major factor, as contract manufacturing transforms fixed costs into variable costs and reduces overhead.
  • Speed: A CMO can leverage its established supply chain to support your project, and most required equipment and personnel are already in place.
  • Expertise: CMOs bring a depth of knowledge in specific areas of production such as lyophilization, technology transfer, and shipping.

For more in-depth content here are our white papers.

Argonaut has successfully worked with clients across the United States and internationally. San Diego may be our home, but our reach is global. We welcome clients located anywhere.

San Diego, California, is one of the leading centers of biotechnology excellence and has a talented workforce. Argonaut was established here to be at the epicenter of innovation.

Argonaut chooses to work with trusted specialists for those services outside of our scope. If your project requires something we do not cover, we will either refer you to one of our ecosystem partners directly or contract them on your behalf. We frequently work with these partners and can offer you a seamless experience.

The best time is now. Argonaut frequently works with very early-stage clients, and even offers a program designed to maximize flexibility. Speaking with our manufacturing experts before your product is finalized is the best way to avoid costly mistakes that could delay production.

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Argonaut’s Quality Management System is compliant to ISO 13485:2016, cGMP, and quality system regulations (21 CFR 820).

We provide quality oversight in all processes from receipt to release. We take each client’s needs into account and work closely with you to customize a quality plan that works for you, regardless of size or complexity of project.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been exercising enforcement discretion for laboratory developed tests (LDTs) and is now proposing to regulate these products. LDTs are likely to require cGMP in the near future, so manufacturing your product to these standards now protects you. Manufacturing under cGMP regulations can be a confusing, costly, and time-consuming process. Additionally, regulations are constantly evolving and can be difficult to keep up with on your own. By choosing Argonaut, you can be assured that your products will meet compliance requirements.

Tech transfer enables Argonaut to build your products in our facility. This process takes your existing documentation and converts it into formatted, ready-to-use work instructions and spec sheets that are necessary for cGMP manufacturing. In order to be cGMP-compliant these documents must be entered in our eQMS, which is why your existing files need to be converted. You will own these documents and can access them on demand.

Your intellectual property is of the highest priority to us. We safeguard this with state-of-the-art information technology and strictly controlled access. Our systems are cloud-vaulted, meaning there is no onsite server to protect. All protocols and methods are securely stored in our electronic quality management system (eQMS).

The first step towards a quote is speaking with our team. Our experts will discuss your project with you and help evaluate which services you need. We accept most common RFP package formats, but if you do not have one we can work with you. At a minimum you will need a bill of materials, instructions for production, and quantity desired.

Argonaut is strictly a services company. We will never sell our own products or compete in the market with clients.

There are many ways to keep up-to-date with our latest news and content. Argonaut offers an email newsletter, and we are active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Be sure to follow us!

Upon contract, Argonaut provides you with a client services manager. The manager gives you increased visibility into your project, essentially operating as your eyes and ears at our facility. Your client services manager is your primary point of contact, and will schedule frequent progress meetings to keep you updated.

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