Lonza has announced the construction of a small molecule manufacturing complex at its Visp, Switzerland site. The manufacturing complex will occupy an overall footprint of approximately 2000 sqm with six levels of space. It will offer opportunities for future expansions supporting the small molecules technologies offering, which include drug substance, particle engineering technologies such as spray drying dispersion, and drug product.
This construction project is supported by a capital contribution and a long-term collaboration with a biopharmaceutical partner, which is hoped to ensure continuity of supply and flexibility. The first buildout will represent a dedicated manufacturing line for antibody-drug conjugate payload molecules, which is aimed to start operations in Q3 2023. Upon completion, the manufacturing complex will employ approximately 200 people.
Maurits Janssen, Strategic Business Development Small Molecules, Lonza said: “Supply is critical for our global partner in the oncology field. With this investment, we are enabling the treatment of many cancer patients. Oncology continues to be the leading indication in biopharma and a key driver for highly potent ingredients such as antibody-drug conjugates. In addition, small molecule oncology therapies require specific technologies. These challenges were specifically taken into account when designing this manufacturing complex.”
Gordon Bates, President and Head of Small Molecules, Lonza said: “This collaboration is a great example of how we are supporting our customers with flexible business models. Our customers developing highly potent and increasingly complex medicines trust us to handle these toxic substances throughout their clinical and commercial lifecycle. The investment to realize this new manufacturing complex for small molecules creates a substantial footprint for accelerating future growth capacity across the range of our small molecule service offering.”
Earlier this year, Lonza announced an expansion to its endotoxin testing solution.