Alkem subsidiary opens continuous biologics manufacturing facility

Published: 12-Nov-2019

Indian CDMO Enzene Biosciences, built the new facility in half the time it takes for a conventional biologics manufacturing plant

Enzene Biosciences has opened its first fully connected continuous biologics manufacturing facility in Pune, India. This novel facility produces mAbs and was built in half the time as compared to the conventional biologics manufacturing plants.

The Pune manufacturing plant has a significantly smaller footprint than conventional manufacturing facilities.

The Alkem Laboratories subsidiary is among the first movers in end-to-end connected biomanufacturing to have set up a fully automated continuous cGMP compliant manufacturing plant for mAb production.

This plant as compared to a traditional manufacturing plant is capable of delivering higher production, and will also enable Enzene as well its potential clients to rapidly move their early/pre-clinical assets to the later stage of development or to the commercial stage.

With this, the company aims to live up to its mission of delivering cost-effective biosimilars by developing disruptive technologies, advanced analytics and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

"Some of the world's biggest drugs are biologics and Alkem laboratories always aspired to enter the arena of biologics. With that intent, we have invested significantly into this space. Our new biologics manufacturing plant endorses our commitment to expand into the space of biotech innovations," said Sandeep Singh, MD of Alkem Laboratories (5th largest pharmaceutical company in India).

Enzene aims to broaden its footprint for innovative technologies through strategic global alliances and has taken first steps towards it by procuring its first European client project for cGMP manufacturing of clinical material and create minimal solid waste and carbon emission.

"High cost of manufacturing is one of the major barriers for the entry of biologics into the clinical stage of development. Enzene wishes to disrupt this cost barrier through the launch of their innovative manufacturing plant," expressed Dr Himanshu Gadgil, Whole-Time Director and CSO at Enzene.

With this, Enzene Biosciences aspires to be the most sought after CDMO/CMO and aims to be a responsible corporate citizen on all aspects of environment, health and safety.

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