Vetter's Development Service Doubles Its Revenues and Grows Its Capabilities
Chicago site attracts international clientele / Ravensburg development labs add enhanced technologies
One-year anniversary: Chicago
Since the full operational launch of VDS Chicago, Vetter's first U.S. facility, in October 2011, the site has contracted with a number of companies from around the globe, including Belgium, Israel and Korea, in addition to the United States. Supporting preclinical through Phase II products, the site has already released customer batches for clinical trials. Over the past few months, the Chicago site has expanded analytical and microbial testing; added 2,000 square feet of GMP storage; and built out its business office to accommodate more than 20 additional work spaces. Future plans include adding a third cleanroom to the two existing ones, which will expand current operations and provide filling of pre-sterilized syringes.
New analytics: Ravensburg
As part of its continuous investment in its state-of-the-art facilities, over the last year Vetter acquired sophisticated new technologies at its Ravensburg development labs that enable better control of syringe and cartridge siliconization; more-accurate detection of sub-visible particles in drug products; and a greater ability to simulate commercial-level processes in the VDS setting, for even smoother product transfer to commercial production.
Said Paul Nelles, Ph.D., Vice President of Vetter Development Service, "The growth of VDS demonstrates the increasing need for expert support in the development of complex compounds, to address a growing market. This rise in demand confirms our decision to expand Vetter Development Service to North America, as was urged by our U.S.-based customers."
Upcoming conference participation
Vetter will exhibit its development service portfolio at:
- CPhI / iCSE, October 9 - 11, Madrid, Spain, booth 10E83
- AAPS Annual Meeting, October 14 - 18, Chicago, booth 5020
- PDA, The Universe of Pre-Filled Syringes & Injection Devices, October 15 - 17, Las Vegas, booth 207
Vetter Pharma International GmbH
Vetter is a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that specializes in the aseptic filling of syringes, cartridges and vials. The company has extensive experience with biologics and other complex compounds, including monoclonal antibodies, peptides, interferons and vaccines. Vetter supports products throughout their lifecycles, from preclinical development through global market supply. Its clientele includes the world's top 10 pharma/biotech firms and emerging companies alike. Winner of numerous awards for innovation and quality, Vetter is the originator of dual-chamber technology, which enables easier, safer lyophilized-drug administration; and is a leader in the use of RABS technology in cleanrooms, which mitigates risk of product contamination during the manufacturing process. To better serve the North American market, Vetter recently expanded its services to Chicago, where its state-of-the-art facility supports the development of early-stage products for use in clinical trials. Headquartered in Ravensburg, Germany, Vetter employs approximately 3,000 staff across Europe and the United States.