The New Aesica Development Centre: Further strengthening the Aesica capability to provide seamless end-to-end development and manufacturing services.

Strategic relocation of development and clinical manufacturing services from Nottingham to Queenborough is now complete


19 January 2016: Aesica Pharmaceuticals, the global pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), has today announced the full strategic relocation of development and clinical manufacturing services from Nottingham to Queenborough. As a consequence, Aesica now intends to provide full manufacturing and development services at its Queenborough site with the addition of a new development centre. From Queenborough, the company now provides API production, formulation development, clinical manfacture through to commercial scale product manufacturing.


The new development centre will be a leader in the development of solid and liquid dosage forms, including the ability to manufacture clinical drug product for Phase I to Phase III studies. As the new centre sits on a commercial site, the technical transfer from development to commercial will be a smooth transition for the customer. The development centre will be able to handle potent and controlled drugs which mirror the commercial offering from Queenborough.


Aesica will also still offer semi-solid development. Furthermore, inhalation services will continue apace with access to technology and knowhow, including metered dose inhalers (MDI), dry powder inhalers being provided by Bespak within the Consort Medical Group.


The new development centre at Queenborough has more than twice the capacity of the existing one in Nottingham and consequently provides significant scope for further business expansion. Ian Muir, Managing Director of Aesica Pharmaceuticals commented; "The move to establish this development centre at Queenborough, with such a fully aligned and comprehensive set of services, forms part of our longer term strategy to meet the future needs of the market and represents a logical evolution for our company. Indeed, it will serve to further enhance our provision of high quality services to our customers in both formulation and drug device development.


The tech transfer component to this is especially important as it is central to ensuring the efficient and seamless transfer of a product from clinical development into the commercial manufacturing arena".


He continued "We now have a centre of excellence for API manufacturing, early to late stage clinical development right the way through to commercial scale production. This means that we offer the market a complete end-to-end service from a single development location – catering for the full manufacturing and development requirements of a wide range of customers, including of course, today's virtual pharmaceutical companies."

About Consort Medical:


* Consort Medical plc is a leading, global, single source drug and delivery device CDMO through its two operating subsidiaries Bespak and Aesica. Consort Medical is at the leading edge of innovation and is committed to investing in patient, clinician and customer driven innovation to create new treatments, new markets and new opportunities

About Aesica


* Aesica is a leading provider of finished dose and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) development and manufacturing services to pharmaceutical partners.


About Bespak:


* Bespak is a global market leader in the manufacture of drug delivery devices for pharmaceutical partner companies, including respiratory, nasal, and injectables products, and the manufacture of devices for the point of care diagnostics market.


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