SAFC announced the completion of its state-of-the-art expansion of its Jerusalem, Israel facility. The additional capacity expands SAFC's contract manufacturing capabilities in large molecule recombinant proteins and small molecule Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) through fermentation, including High Potent APIs (HPAPIs) and secondary metabolites.
The 50,000 sq. ft. cGMP fermentation expansion, which is expected to begin production in October 2010, will focus on niche fermentation of APIs and bulk drugs, producing secondary metabolites (antibiotic-like molecules), cytotoxins and large-molecule proteins. A 30,000 sq. ft. area of the new facility has been designed to be Biosafety Level 2 compliant - enabling manipulation of human pathogens. Capabilities include 1,000 and 4,000-liter tank capacities for bacterial and fungal fermentation, as well as explosion-proof suites.
"Fermentation is a long-standing technology, yet new applications have been recently discovered, including the synthesis of high potency compounds, which is a major growth area currently driving contract manufacturers such as SAFC to look beyond traditional active pharmaceutical ingredient (APIs)," said SAFC President, Gilles Cottier. See here for full release.
Posted by Bruce Lehr October 6th 2010.