German CDMO Richter-Helm Triples cGMP Production Capacity to Accommodate Global Market Demand
HAMBURG, Germany, May 06, 2021 / B3C newswire / -- Richter-Helm BioLogics GmbH & Co. KG, a leading Germany-based, cGMP compliant biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) announced today the start of construction for an expansion project at its cGMP manufacturing facility in Bovenau, Germany. The new multi-product biological manufacturing facility is expected to begin full-scale operations and manufacturing by the end of 2023.
“The market for pharmaceutical biotechnology has been continuously growing and further growth is expected. In order to accommodate demand for high value biopharmaceutical products, Richter-Helm recently started expansion of its microbial manufacturing capacity and continues to push its overall growth strategy.” said Dr. Kai Pohlmeyer, Managing Director at Richter-Helm. The basic engineering of the new facility has been completed and the ground-breaking ceremony took place on May 5th, 2021 by the management team of Richter-Helm, who initiated construction of the new facility. Richter-Helm and its mother companies Gedeon Richter and HELM AG will invest close to 70 million € to triple the current production capacity and expand its existing warehouse, laboratory, and administration buildings.
Currently, Richter-Helm operates two cGMP-compliant production facilities located in Hannover and Bovenau, Germany, with bioreactor capacities of up to 1,500 litres. The Bovenau expansion covers installment of two additional highly flexible and fully equipped production trains with interchangeable product flows. Bioreactor capacities of 300 litres and 1,500 litres will be added. The production site will reach a total area of about 10,000 m˛ and includes all necessary utilities and infrastructure, like QC-labs, warehouse and technical areas.
Dr. Kai Pohlmeyer further explains: “With the addition of two new manufacturing trains, Richter-Helm is supporting the demand of its existing customers and the needs of the growing biopharmaceutical market. We will be more flexible and more efficient in bringing products of our worldwide pharmaceutical clients to market. We also expect to create a significant number of new jobs for qualified professionals once the plant becomes fully operational“.