Catalent Pharma Solutions, a global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics, and consumer health products, plans to invest $2.5 million in a new, second clinical supply facility in Shanghai, China, due to open in early 2019. When completed, the facility is expected to employ 100 people and will double Catalent’s total clinical storage capacity in China.
The new 30,000 square-feet facility in Tangzhen, a district of Shanghai, will have three controlled temperature rooms operating at 2-8°C, 15-25°C, and -20°C, and will also offer returns and destruction services.
Its location, outside of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ), will provide clinical trial sponsors with increased speed and efficiency when running trials in China, and its proximity to Catalent’s existing FTZ facility in Waigaoqiao, within China’s Zhangjiang Pharma Valley, will allow the company to offer sponsors an optimized clinical supply solution for studies in both China and beyond.
Catalent will offer its FastChain demand-led supply services from the new facility, as well as from the existing FTZ site, affording sponsors access to in-country GMP secondary packaging, final assembly, labeling, and distribution of clinical supplies inside China, and in the wider Asia-Pacific region. FastChain demand-led supply services can reduce the time it takes for clinical sites to receive patient kits, and reduce waste from clinical trial material.
The existing Waigaoqiao facility opened in 2013 and provides FTZ access, primary packaging, FastChain demand-led supply services, secondary packaging, clinical storage, and global distribution services.
(Source: Catalent Pharma Solutions)