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Pharmaceutical Production Rentschler Wins 2012 Facility of the Year Award

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Rentschler's new pharmaceutical production was awarded the '2012 Facility of the Year Award' for Equipment Innovation with an innovative modular concept that allows for the quick change of products and equipment.

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Upstream manufacturing suite with 100% mobile, single-use and ready-to-use manufacturing equipment - the modular design of Rentschler's new production facility was awarded the 2012 Facility of the Year Award. (Picture: Rentschler)
Upstream manufacturing suite with 100% mobile, single-use and ready-to-use manufacturing equipment - the modular design of Rentschler's new production facility was awarded the 2012 Facility of the Year Award. (Picture: Rentschler)

Laupheim/Germany – Rentschler Biotechnologie's new manufacturing facility at Laupheim, Germany has won the 2012 Facility of the Year Award (FOYA) in the category Equipment Innovation. The award recognizes Rentschler for its flexible, multi-product manufacturing facility designed to minimize manufacturing costs and product cycle times, officials stated.

Sponsored by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Interphex and Pharmaceutical Processing, the award wants to be the first global awards program for new, innovative technologies in the pharmaceutical industry for cost reduction and quality improvement.

“Rentschler is honored to receive this prestigious award for expanding its manufacturing facility,” said Thomas Siklosi, Senior Vice President GMP Operations at Rentschler Biotechnologie. “With this award-winning facility, we can offer our clients substantial cost benefits for custom manufacturing of biologics for clinical trials. In addition, the know-how we gained during the expansion project together with our multiple engineering and equipment partnerships will enable us to cost efficiently design and also build dedicated production facilities for market supplies.”

The company's new facility consists of four independent, fully configurable multi- purpose clean room suites to be used with different processes as well as one inoculum suite. The standard configuration is designed for the simultaneous operation of two 1,000 L fed-batch processes. Additional equipment for scale-up (e.g. 2 x 1,000 L or 2,000 L) or alternative processes (e.g. perfusion) can be added, the company says. With this modular concept, Rentschler says, the production can be swiftly customised according a a customer's requirement a with new set–up or equipment.

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