Novasep, a leading supplier of services and technologies for the life sciences industry, announced a €10 million investment in a commercial fill & finish facility for viral vectors, mAbs and other low-volume biologics. The facility will be located in Seneffe (Belgium) and will be operational in H2 2019.
Fill & finish operations are critical to ensure the safety and efficacy of a drug. This step involves filling biologics into containers under aseptic conditions and is the final part of the biopharmaceutical manufacturing process, after upstream bioprocessing (cell culture) and downstream processing (purification).
The new Novasep plant will feature a fill & finish suite with state of the art filling equipment and isolators. It will deliver up to 10 000 vials per session, with 2 to 3 sessions per week. In line with its strategic development plan, the investment will allow Novasep to respond to the strong market demand for orphan and targeted biopharmaceutical drugs as clinical pipelines mature.
This project is part of Novasep’s Rise-2 strategic growth cycle. It complements a €27 million investment in a new commercial scale viral vector production facility in Seneffe (Belgium) that will be fully qualified by Q1 2019, and a €17 million investment in a dedicated cGMP clinical scale mAb production facility that will be located in Pompey (France) and will be commissioned in H2 2019.