Aesica becomes a member of Britest


Aesica Innovation Board establishes collaboration to improve processing technologies

Aesica, a global contract manufacturing organisation (CMO) headquartered in the UK, is to join Britest in a collaboration where members share knowledge and risk in defining innovative solutions to key manufacturing challenges.

Britest, a global leader in the development of process design solutions for the chemical processing sector, based in Runcorn, Cheshire, has already engaged with 22 chemical and pharmaceutical organisations and with a number of academic organisations. The partnerships are designed to use and further develop Britest’s tools and methodologies to support understanding of the complete pharmaceutical manufacturing process. In particular, Aesica will be using Britest’s expertise to identify new approaches and technologies that drive major improvements in API manufacturing.

The Aesica Innovation Board (AIB) aims to identify and commercialise innovative technologies that help to bridge the growing R&D gap though industry and academic collaborations. Joining Britest will increase the AIB’s access to relevant technologies and strengthen the organisation’s relationships throughout the industry.

Dr Barrie Rhodes, Aesica’s Director of Technology Development, said: ‘Following the successful demonstration of the Britest approach on a key Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient process at our Cramlington site, we are now looking forward to engaging fully in the Britest collaboration and implementing the Britest approach across a range of processes.’

Sue Fleet, CEO of Britest, added: ‘I am delighted to welcome Aesica Pharmaceuticals as our latest company member. With a clear focus on innovation and collaboration, we look forward to supporting Barrie and his colleagues at Aesica in driving innovative thinking and deriving full value from their membership of Britest.’

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Britest’s current members are: Abbvie, Albany Molecular Research (AMRI), Anglo Platinum, AstraZeneca, Chemie Uetikon, Foster Wheeler, Fujifilm Imaging Colorants, GlaxoSmithKline, Hovione, Infineum, Isochem, Johnson Matthey, Takeda-Millennium, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Robinson Brothers, Shasun Pharma Solutions, The University of Newcastle, The University of Nottingham, Purdue University, US, and the Institution of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), Singapore.