MSD to collaborate with Fujifilm Diosynth on new microbial biologics facility
MSD, known as Merck in the US and Canada, has entered into a collaboration with Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies to invest in and operate a large-scale microbial-biologics facility for supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients to its customers.
The collaboration will involve a $60 million investment by MSD at its Brinny manufacturing plant in Innishannon, in County Cork, Ireland. The site at Brinny has been in operation for more than 30 years and is an integrated site for development, testing and manufacturing of biologics.
The large-scale biologics operations at MSD in Brinny are set to operational in early 2018. Sanat Chattopadhyay, president of the manufacturing division at MSD, says: “MSD is excited to collaborate with Fujifilm Diosynth through expanded capabilities in bulk microbial fermentation and downstream support services. This will allow MSD to use and further develop the skills and competencies of the people at the MSD site in Brinny and build on the site’s long tradition of manufacturing excellence.”
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