Ferring Pharmaceuticals building $32M biologics center in Switzerland

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Ferring Pharmaceuticals is building a $32 million biologics development-and-manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Saint-Prex. (Andrew Bossi/Wiki Commons)

Switzerland-based Ferring Pharmaceuticals says its needs more capacity for manufacturing biologics and developing monoclonal antibodies so will build out new facilities over the next three years.

Ferring said it will invest 30 million Swiss francs ($32.3 million) to build what it is calling its Ferring Biotech Centre at its manufacturing site in its headquarters city of Saint-Prex, Switzerland.

The facility will be used to develop new biologics drugs in its core areas of reproductive medicine and women’s health, gastroenterology and urology, CEO Michel Pettigrew said in a statement. Earlier this year, Ferring struck a license agreement with Ligand Pharmaceuticals to use Ligand’s platform to discover new human monoclonal antibodies.

In addition to new drugs, the site will manufacture the API for the company’s newest fertility treatment Rekovelle.

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San Diego-based Apricus said the CRL was for problems with the chemistry, manufacturing and control concerns and potentially more seriously—the safety of the formulation. Vitaros is a 2.5% alprostadil cream formulated with DDAIP-HCl, an ingredient designed to increase absorption through the skin. The FDA previously turned down the product in 2008.