Hovione API Facility Expansion, New Jersey, United States of America


Hovione expands API facility

Pharmaceutical company based in Portugal Hovione is carrying out an expansion of its active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) facility in East Windsor, New Jersey.

The expansion began in June 2016 and includes the addition of a new commercial spray dryer unit, which is expected to begin offering services in April 2017.

The expansion will double Hovione's drug substance manufacturing capacity and create up to 60 new highly skilled jobs in East Windsor's local community.

Full-scale operations at the expanded facility are expected to commence by the end of 2017.

East Windsor facility expansion details

The East Windsor API facility is being expanded in order to meet growing customer demand for Hovione's API and spray drying services. Announced in September 2015, the expansion is also aimed at enhancing Hovione's global development and commercial capacity.

The project will add 30,600ft² (2,843m²) of space to the existing 24,000ft² (2,211m²) facility. The expanded facility will include a new small production plant with 3,000l reactors and a size-three pharmaceutical spray dryer.

The new facility will also feature the latest continuous drug product manufacturing technology integrated with direct compression and wet and dry granulation.

Products offerings and technologies used by Hovione's East Windsor facility

The new facility will offer a broad range of products and services to the pharmaceutical industry. Along with the existing and newly expanded facility, Hovione will be able to offer a range of drug product manufacturing services, including drug substance, spray drying, and hot melt extrusion integrated with continuous manufacturing technology at a single location.

Continuous manufacturing technology is being developed as part of Hovione's partnership with Vertex Pharmaceuticals formed in March 2016 to produceits cystic fibrosis drugs Kalydeco and Orkambi.

The continuous manufacturing technology can create commercial-ready tablets within one day, compared to the conventional multi-step, multi-location batch production process, which takes up to four weeks or more to make commercial-ready medicines.

The technology also includes real-time release testing and is suitable for manufacturing precision medicines and breakthrough therapies.

The facility will begin continuous drug production by the end of 2017.

Contractors involved

Integrated Project Services (IPS) was awarded the contract for providing design and construction management services for the project.

IPS awarded the construction contract to Madison Concrete Construction in April 2016.

Marketing commentary

Hovione was established in 1951 in Portugal. The company has four Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved sites in the US, China, Ireland, and Portugal.

Since commencing operations in 2002, the East Windsor manufacturing facility in New Jersey has been providing process development and small volume API manufacturing. It offers contract manufacturing services including drug substance and particle engineering. It has qualified process development and analytical development teams, who provide support.

The technologies used at the facility include spray drying, hot melt extrusion, nanoparticles, co-crystals, wet polishing, jet milling, spay congealing, and inclusion complexes. The site has been regularly upgraded with the introduction of new powerful compound handling and particle engineering capabilities.