Sigma-Aldrich expands customer-centric model in Singapore to support Asian customers


New state-of-the-art technical centre, cGMP distribution centre and headquarters enhances ability to support customers in the region

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation has opened its Asia Pacific headquarters and state-of-the-art Cell Culture Technical Center in Singapore. Located at Biopolis Research Park, the facility will provide customised support, leveraging the company's industry leading scientific capabilities.

The facility brings existing commercial offices and production laboratories in Singapore into a single location, together with the new Cell Culture Technical Center. The Technical Center will primarily support SAFC’s biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing customers.

‘We are partnering with biopharmaceutical companies that are looking to increase the efficiency of their R&D efforts, working with them to reduce the time-to-market, cost and risk in developing both new drugs and generic versions of existing drugs,’ said Jason Apter, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Sigma-Aldrich.

'The Cell Culture Technical Center is designed to address a wide range of needs, ranging from development projects, product support, troubleshooting and application issues,' he commented.

Initially, the Technical Center will provide:

  • cell culture media development and optimisation services for customers engaged in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing
  • preclinical media manufacturing through our imMEDIAte ADVANTAGE (IA) service, which provides the ability to custom produce non-cGMP batches of material and subsequent modifications, thereby speeding development and accelerating time-to-market.

‘The development and manufacturing of biologics, whether innovative new products or generic versions of existing drugs (biosimilars), continues to be an attractive area of growth as our customers continue to push the boundaries of science and advance their ability to treat and cure disease,’ said Apter.

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‘The Technical Center is a state-of-the-art platform for the delivery of our market-leading technical expertise in the region and, through this platform, we will continue to expand our ability to support our customers as they build up research and production capacity themselves in this important region.’

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