FRANCE – MilliporeSigma’s life science business sector has opened a commercial facility in Martillac, France, for its new contract testing development and manufacturing organization (CTDMO) services offering.
As part of that, a €50 million (US$49.4) facility has opened in Martillac, south of Bordeaux, adding a 2,700 square-meter single-use drug substance plant to produce monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and other recombinant proteins from an integrated site featuring single-use equipment and onsite regulatory, quality, and technical experts.
MilliporeSigma named Y-mAbs as one of its customers set to benefit from this increased capacity.
The Martillac facility is designed to operate at peak efficiency and can quickly switch from 200 to 2000 liters of drug substance.
It also includes two 2000-liter bioreactors in a single manufacturing suite, increasing capacity and flexibility.
Clients in the Life Science business sector can streamline and accelerate the commercialization process by eliminating the need for tech transfer and scale-up between clinical and commercial stages by leveraging cutting-edge technology and a proven quality system.
Martillac facility will create 150 jobs by 2024, according to the company. A total of 350 new jobs will be created at MilliporeSigma’s Molsheim facility, located west of Strasbourg, which received a €25 million (US$24.7 million) expansion as part of the June 2021 announcement.
The Molsheim site has also been expanded, with a €130 million (US$128.5 million) boost last month to increase single-use equipment production capacity.
MilliporeSigma claims the 5,000 square meter facility is the “first of its kind” for the company in China.
According to the company, the US$28 million VC laboratory helps meet the country’s double-digit demand for VC services by allowing customers to conduct viral clearance studies locally from pre-clinical development to commercialization.
According to the company, the studies are critical in the Investigational New Drug (IND) and Biologics License Application (BLA) processes, which are required by regulatory agencies before moving to commercial production.
MilliporeSigma anticipates that the VC laboratory will generate approximately 120 jobs by 2023, with the second phase of the center opening late next year, offering cell line characterization as well as release testing services.