Leverage: The Juror #6 Job
February 5, 2020 6:31 AM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

When one of Parker's aliases receives jury duty, Nate forces her to go, resulting in a showdown between the team and a corporation tampering with the jury.
posted by jeather (3 comments total)
Hey, Brent Spiner!

The numbers being floated ($20M R&D investment, being offered $100M for the company - "it's twice what my company is worth") are a little outside the scope of a small "supplements" company. That's a significant (real) biotech R&D company in the late '00s with a real winner in the pipeline.

The supplements market in the US is travesty - it's regulated by the FTC, not the FDA.

In a much stricter regulatory environment like Canada, you can get anything from phytochemical concentration standardized herbal supplement to "some crushed leaves mixed with caffeine" being approved by the NNHPD and given a NPN for sale in the early '10s starting at about $40k in production costs for an initial run of 10 thousand bottles if you partner with a cGMP packaging facility (depending on what you put in the pills). All-in, including a fancy label. MSRP in the teens of dollars, wholesale out at 8 or 9 bucks.

We had developed and received a few NPNs, supply agreements for raw ingredients, an analytics contract to verify the CoA on them, a cGMP manufacturing contractor, fancy labels, tentative purchasing agreements - but the worldwide crop for one of the ingredients failed and we couldn't get anything that passed our CoA thresholds for the active phytochemical ingredient, so we shelved it (around the time our main focus got back on track).

Somehow, a couple of years later, we managed to inexplicably sell those NPNs to some group in Australia as "IP" that basically retroactively covered a year's salary for the three of us who got all that set up from nothing - over a few months plus a few more waiting for Health Canada responses.


Aldis Hodge acting someone successfully acting as a firebrand lawyer is a treat.

Nate congratulating Hardison... character development turning point? It's been a while, but doesn't Hardison become, like, The Adult Leader at some point?
posted by porpoise at 8:22 PM on February 7, 2020

Another great Parker episode! I think she has the best character arc out of all of the Leveragers. And I always like seeing Hardison getting carried away in a role.

The ending wasn't that satisfactory though - as the new owner Lauren Holly has to pay damages to the widow, but Quint is free to go and start another dodgy company if he wants to?
posted by Naanwhal at 3:05 AM on February 8, 2020 [1 favorite]

Definitely did not come to this thread expecting a detailed explanation of the production and economics of Canadian herbal supplements. Interesting!
posted by chortly at 12:03 AM on March 5, 2020

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