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AGC to expand in Spain

Japan’s AGC has announced plans for a new, 7,500 m2 building at the site of its AGC Pharma Chemicals Europe CDMO operation in Spain. Costing about $100 million, this is scheduled to begin operation in 1H 2024 and will add 30% to the site’s capacity. This comes on top of a 30% increase in capacity announced in April 2020.

Sanofi outlines plans for EuroAPI

Sanofi has announced that newly established API manufacturer EuroAPI will begin trading on the Euronext Paris on 6 May, subject to shareholder approval at a meeting three days before. Following this, EuroAPI will operate independently.

“This important step towards our listing is a key milestone for EuroAPI and is part of the deployment of our strategy and our independence from Sanofi,” said CEO Karl Rotthier.

Evonik realigns Health Care

In order to “maximise customer centricity and market focus” and continue an ongoing transition into “a system solutions partner for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries”, Evonik has divided its Health Care business into three distinct units.

Drug Substance encompasses the company’s CDMO services for active APIs, including HPAPIs, and intermediates plus generics. It is headed by Dr Stefan Randl, an industry veteran of 15 years who has been leading projects in mRNA and gene therapies since 2020.

Nanoform completes share issue

Helsinki-based nanoparticle medicine specialist Nanoform has completed a new share issue, in the process raising about €25 million from global and Nordic institutional investors. This will mainly be used to build a GMP manufacturing site in the US, where most of the company’s customers are.

Seqens adds to US R&D lab

CDMO and API manufacturer Seqens has announced a “multi-million dollar” investment in its R&D laboratory in Devens, Massachusetts, which is due to be completed in October. The firm said that this will ensure that the new facility can operate at the highest standards of safety and quality.

New site for Flamma

CDMO Flamma has acquired a third API manufacturing facility in Italy from Teva. The Sicor Bulciago site at Lecco has had multiple regulatory inspections. Terms were not disclosed.

“This allows us to rapidly enhance our CMC offerings to our customers by providing further flexibility between sites,” said CEO Dr Gianpaolo Negrisoli. “Having the ability to produce more generic APIs in Italy is in line with the European pharmaceutical strategy aiming to reshore.”

Spectrum has 12 new products

Spectrum Chemical has added 12 new products to its BioCertified quality management system and chemicals portfolio for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, which was originally launched in 2019. They include sugars and carbohydrates, organic and inorganic salts, and preservatives used in a wide range of bioprocessing applications from upstream cell culture development to downstream purification, polishing and final fill production.

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