Astellas Pharma is submitting a planning application for the construction of a new drug production facility in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

To be based on the Industrial Development Authority’s greenfield site in Kerry Technology Park, the new facility will involve an investment of €330m.

It will allow the company to expand its capacity and capabilities for aseptic drug products.

It will also bolster stable production for supply worldwide and expedite the development and commercialisation of new antibody drugs and other products.

To be constructed on a 44.7-acre site, the three-storey building will feature a total floor area of 17,000m² and a footprint of 7,300m².

Construction is set to start in 2024, with the site operational by 2028.

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The new facility will align with the company’s commitment to sustainability, integrating national and international energy and environmental design standards.

The project aims to decrease water usage by 50%, lower operational energy intensity by one-third and achieve zero waste sent to landfill.

Astellas chief manufacturing officer Hideki Shima stated: “Astellas is developing innovative drugs and technologies based on our Focus Area research and development approach, placing patients at the forefront of everything we do.

“With the new facility, Astellas will aim to strengthen our in-house production capacity and capabilities and ensure a stable supply of high-quality Astellas medicines to patients around the world.”