Catalent opens second Shanghai clinical supply facility

Second Shanghai facility aims to optimise solutions for China, inside the FTZ and out of it

(L-R) Laura Harding, Strategic Marketing Director of Clinical Supply Services. Mike Shearer, VP of Global Business Development for Clinical Supply Services. Roel de Nobel, VP of Global Operations for Clinical Supply Services. Daniel Gao, Site Director at Catalent Shanghai

Catalent Pharma Solutions has completed its new, 30,000 sqft clinical supply facility in Shanghai, China. The facility, located outside of the free trade zone in Tangzhen, is near to both Catalent’s existing Waigaoqiao free trade zone (FTZ) site and China’s Zhangjiang Pharma Valley area.

Together, Catalent’s two Shanghai locations will provide sponsors with an optimised supply solution for studies in China, the Asia-Pacific region and globally.

It is expected to employ up to 100 people and offers comprehensive clinical supply services including FastChain demand-led supply, secondary packaging, clinical storage and local distribution, as well as clinical returns and destruction services.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the site, Catalent executives welcomed local government officials and local and international pharma customers. Guests were accompanied on a site tour, and the opening ceremony also featured a traditional Chinese lion dance and a symbolic light display to reflect the bright future of the site’s foundations.

“We are delighted to have already engaged customers for services in Tangzhen,” said Roel de Nobel, VP of Global Operations, Catalent Clinical Supply Services. “Having facilities both inside and outside the FTZ in China affords customers flexibility, convenience and streamlined logistics in support of the growing number of trials being conducted in the region.”

The Tangzhen opening follows recent investments in Singapore and Japan, strengthening Catalent’s capabilities to support clinical trials in Asia and beyond.

With sites in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore, Japan and China, and an extended network of over 50 depots, Catalent’s clinical supply services can handle a broad range of international compliance and distribution requirements to support global clinical trials.

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