EVA Pharma to build novel research & manufacturing complex in Sudair

Published: 26-Feb-2024

It will comprise an R&D and manufacturing centre, producing various dosage forms such as DPIs, Bi-layer tablets, and ODT

EVA Pharma, a pharmaceutical company based in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), has recently celebrated its plans to build an R&D and manufacturing complex in Sudair, as well as the opening of its Riyadh office. 

Consulting and planning company io is responsible for the design of the complex with a vision for a greener and more sustainable future.

With a production capacity of about 1bn units annually, this production facility aims to be a staple for pharmaceutical manufacturing in the region. 

It will comprise an R&D centre studying optimisation methods of various dosage forms, such as DPIs, Bi-layer tablets, and ODT. 

The complex will produce over 150 pharmaceutical products, spanning various therapeutic areas and addressing the most demanding health challenges.

"This assembly of manufacturing facilities will bring important technologies to Saudi, so that the kingdom can reach the healthcare independence that it aspires to have,” said Riad Armanious, CEO of EVA Pharma.

EVA Pharma marks its initial steps in the Saudi market through substantial local investments.


By establishing a pharmaceutical research and manufacturing complex in Sudair, EVA Pharma aims to contribute to the Kingdom's Vision 2030 healthcare goals of increasing local pharmaceutical production. 

The health sector transformation program aims to raise the private sector's contribution to 50%, a substantial increase from the current 11%.


Focus on a green, circular economy approach

The Sudair complex is designed by io. The consulting and planning company is responsible for the overall architectural design, master planning and block layout of production dosage forms (cosmetics, sterile and solid production) as well as central packaging and logistics, water treatment, process technology, administration and all ancillary functions. 

With its strategic concept, a phased realisation approach and 3D visualisation, io has focused on reflecting the local culture whilst considering Sudair’s climate, allowing them to develop a sustainable future-proof production site.

Contributing to the overall reduction of environmental impact, the complex will incorporate solar panels, on-site water recycling and waste treatment systems.

The design of the complex not only pays homage to cultural roots but also strategically minimises heat gain, thereby significantly reducing its carbon footprint.









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