Alkermes Contract Pharma Services


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Your Outsourcing Partner of Choice for Pharmaceutical Product Development and Manufacturing

Co. Westmeath,
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As part of Alkermes plc, Alkermes Contract Pharma Services provides solid oral dosage product development, scale-up and manufacturing services and sterile fill / finish capabilities to the global pharmaceutical market.

With over 40 years in the service business, we have proven expertise in solid oral drug product development, process design / process improvement, tech transfer and commercial scale cGMP manufacturing as well as sterile fill finishing of injectable dosage forms.

We have assisted our blue chip list of partners in the successful launch of multiple products in more than 100 countries, including North America, Europe and Asia.

Development and manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms

We have a long and successful history in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms for pharmaceutical markets worldwide.

Alkermes Contract Pharma Services provides product development, scale-up and manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical market.
We have a long and successful history in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms.
We provide services in pharmaceutical dosage form development and optimisation.
Our capabilities include solid oral dosage form scale-up and manufacturing.
Alkermes Contract Pharma Services is part of Alkermes plc.

Pharmaceutical dosage form development and optimisation

We have a wide range of development and optimisation services to offer our partners. Our streamlined pathway to pharmaceutical dosage form development includes a quality by design (QbD) approach which allows our teams to make intelligent decisions from analytical method development right through to manufacturing process characterisation.

Solid oral dosage form scale-up and manufacturing and sterile liquid and powder fill finishing

Our manufacturing group provides world-class current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) scale-up and manufacturing services for solid oral dosage forms. Highly trained and experienced staff operate on a flexible manufacturing schedule – up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to meet the demands of your product.

Alkermes Contract Pharma Services is driven by ‘excellence in everything we do’, which, through our integrated operational excellence programme, gives you the reassurance that your product will be guided through our facilities to exacting specifications.

Benefits of Alkermes’ pharmaceutical product development and manufacturing services

  • Experience and expertise: 40+ year history in business with strong track record
  • Industry trust: 30+ leading pharmaceutical companies are partners of ours
  • FDA / EMA-licensed sites for the supply of product to over 100 major markets including the US, Europe, Asia territories as well as Brazil, China and India
  • Speed to market: capacity to design, build, commission, qualify and commercialise any solid oral process on-site including highly potent compounds
  • Compliant, reliable and cost-efficient supplier: flexible infrastructure and efficient operations with mature Lean 6 Sigma / operational excellence programmes
  • Dedicated customer service: a dedicated project management resource will keep you informed at all stages in the project / commercial supply arrangement
  • Access to strategic solutions to extend life of your product: proprietary technology expertise including bioavailability enhancement and oral controlled release platforms, proven lifecycle management strategies and full CMC package capabilities for regulatory registration
  • Process optimisation post-launch: small scale, material changes, additional strengths
  • Proven drug technology expertise: proven drug optimisation capabilities with 12 products developed and launched since 2001

Pharmaceutical manufacturing and development capabilities

At Alkermes Contract Pharma Services we have modern solid oral dose facilities to fit clients’ precise product requirements, including:

  • Milling
  • Screening
  • Blending
  • Wet granulation (high shear and fluid bed) for solvent and aqueous processing
  • Bead coating (organic solvent and aqueous based) using Wurster FBP, CF granulation and pans
  • Tableting
  • Film coating and sugar coating
  • Encapsulation (powder, bead, dual fill)
  • Controlled substance manufacture
  • Release testing – EU QP service available for US clients doing business in Europe
  • Drug optimisation
  • Aseptic filling / finishing in dry powder and liquid fill single dose vials and prefilled syringes
  • High potency manufacture of solid oral dosage forms

Pharmaceutical packaging capabilities

Our experienced staff are skilled in the areas of packaging, engineering and testing. We fulfil specific packaging requirements such as:

  • Bottle filling and packaging
  • Blister packaging – PVC, foil
  • Modern defect detection and rejection system
  • Hand packaging to accommodate ‘special’ presentations
  • Artwork management

White Papers

  • Highly Potent Technical Transfer and Commercial Manufacturing

    With over 40 years in the service business, Alkermes Contract Pharma Services, as part of Alkermes plc, has proven expertise in drug product development, process design / improvements, technical transfer and commercial scale cGMP manufacturing of oral and injectable dosage forms, including the handling of highly potent drug substances.

  • Alkermes: Contract Pharma Services Brochure

    With Alkermes Contract Pharma Services, you have the opportunity to outsource your development, scale-up and manufacturing requirements to a trusted, experienced and dedicated expert in outsourcing services.

Press Releases

  • Alkermes Launches Corporate Operations in Ireland

    Alkermes plc has announced the establishment of its corporate operations in Ireland, with new headquarters located in Dublin. The company, including its headquarters and operations in Athlone, County Westmeath, has more than 450 employees based in Ireland and more than 1,200 employees worldwide.

  • Elan Drug Technologies to Merge with Alkermes

    Alkermes and Elan Corporation have announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which Alkermes will merge with Elan Drug Technologies (EDT), the profitable, world-class drug formulation and manufacturing business unit of Elan, in a cash and stock transaction currently valued at approxi

  • Elan Drug Technologies to Exhibit at CPhI Worldwide

    Elan Drug Technologies, the world's leading drug delivery company, is pleased to announce that it will exhibit at CphI Worldwide, which will be held 5-7 October 2010 in Paris, France. Visit booth 5D63 to find our more about the company's expanded scale up and manufacturing services.


Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited
Co. Westmeath

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