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In a groundbreaking ceremony, Kemwell has completed construction of a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Bangalore, India, a strategic collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany.
With this collaboration, Kemwell will complement its early clinical supply services ranging from full-service process development, manufacture, formulation and fill and finish at the cGMP manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India, as a one-stop-shop through access to Boehringer
Ingelheim’s cell line development with the BI HEX® technology platform, followed by a preferred access to the large-scale commercial production of Boehringer Ingelheim at its facilities in Europe.
“Most importantly, Kemwell and Boehringer Ingelheim will provide the customer with state-of-the-art technology from Europe along with the benefit of low cost manufacturing from India,” says Anurag Bagaria, vice president of Kemwell.
Kemwell’s new 15,000m² Greenfield state-of-the-art facility will be designed for process development, fermentation, purification and formulation of biologics for early-phase preclinical and clinical studies. The facility will consist of a cGMP drug substance manufacturing facility and a sterile fill and finish facility for drug product with a floor for process development laboratories to support production of protein therapeutics from
mammalian-cell culture or microbial fermentation.
The Kemwell Biologics factory will be located on the Kemwell site in Bangalore as it will share synergies with the other facilities on the site. Kemwell has facilities dedicated for tablets, semi-solids and liquids manufacturing as well as pharmaceutical development services on the same site and can thus synergise its current competencies by using existing trained personnel in analytical and quality services at the new facility.
Kemwell will also provide in-house experts in toxicology and clinical development and partner with Indian CROs to help customers manage toxicology and clinical studies in India. Thus, the customer can benefit from low costs through the development process.
“Kemwell will continue its commitment to pure-play contract manufacturing and build on its extensive experience in contract manufacturing. We find high opportunities for supplying monoclonal antibodies and are committed to provide these services in a timely and costeffective manner,” says Anurag Bagaria.
“Through the partnership with Kemwell Biologics, Boehringer Ingelheim will strengthen its presence for biologic services in Asia, providing state-of-the-art technologies for economic manufacturing of innovative, high-quality biopharmaceuticals,” comments Rolf G Werner, corporate senior vice president of the corporate division biopharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony in Bangalore.
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