Hanmi Pharmaceutical's New Bio Manufacturing Plant, Pyeongtaek, South Korea

Biologics manufacturing facility

Hanmi Pharmaceutical is constructing a new biologics manufacturing facility in the city of Pyeongtaek in the Gyeonggi province of South Korea.

The building is expected to complement the company's first biologics plant in Pyeongtaek. Plans for the facility were unveiled in April 2016.

The new plant will enable Hanmi Pharmaceutical to advance the commercialisation of new biological medicines.

Details of Hanmi's new biologics manufacturing facility

The new biologics facility will be located in the Chupal Industrial Complex in Pyeongtaek, offering sophisticated industrial infrastructure to ensure efficient operation of the new plant.

The six-story building will occupy approximately 52,000m², with construction scheduled for completion in the second half of 2017.

"The fermentation and media preparation lines will be integrated with GEA VESTA® valves."

The new facility will be equipped with two production lines for insulin. Each line will include centrifugal separators, fermenters, homogenisers, flow components, and aseptic valves.

The fermentation and media preparation lines will be integrated with GEA VESTA® valves. The lines will enable the production of a fragment of human immunoglobulin type G.

The pocket-free and easy-to-install VESTA® Sterile valves lack membranes and features one of the most effective sterile valve systems. The valves can handle the different media required for operation, cleaning, and sterilisation.

Manufactured products will be supplied for global clinical trials and for approval of quantum projects to commercialise new biological medicines. Large-scale license contracts have been signed for such medicines between Hanmi Pharmaceutical and global pharmaceutical firms, including Sanofi.

Contractors involved

Samsung Engineering was selected to construct the new biologics manufacturing building for Hanmi Pharmaceutical.

GEA was contracted by Hanmi Pharmaceutical to supply manufacturing equipment for the new plant, in February 2017.

Marketing commentary on Hanmi Pharmaceutical

Founded in 1973, Hanmi Pharmaceutical is a Korean pharmaceutical company headquartered in Seoul. The company produces pharmaceutical granules, oral liquids, tablets, and capsules at four manufacturing facilities including Hanmi Paltan plant, Hanmi Fine Chemical, Hanmi Cepha plant, and Hanmi Bio plant.

"Samsung Engineering was selected to construct the new biologics manufacturing building for Hanmi Pharmaceutical."

Hanmi Pharmaceutical's existing bio plant in the Pyeongtaek complex is a two-story building occupying 4,600m². The plant is complemented by dedicated areas for finished product lines, quality control laboratories, and warehousing.

Hanmi Pharmaceutical's prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug products portfolio includes anti-biotics for respiratory infections and drugs for obesity conditions, oral care, opthalmic, diabetes, hepatitis, osteoarthritis, anti-inflammatory, nootropics, epilepsy, smoking cessation aid, anti-cancer, and cardiovascular conditions, as well as dermatological products, probiotics, and nutritional supplements.

The company is engaged in research and development (R&D) with major emphasis on biologics targeting diabetes and obesity, oncology and auto-immune disease targeted pipelines, and fixed-dose combination programmes. The company also develops new drugs in collaboration with global companies.

In September 2016, Hanmi Pharmaceutical entered into an exclusive development and license agreement with Genentech, a subsidiary of the Roche Group. The companies will develop and commercialise Hanmi's pan-RAF inhibitor HM95573, which is currently in Phase I clinical development.