Sharp, part of UDG Healthcare plc, a global leader in contract packaging and clinical supply services, has announced a further investment of $10M in equipment capabilities to directly support client demand in the biologics and injectables market.
The investment includes the installation and validation of two Dividella NeoTopx packaging systems, one intended for Sharp’s Allentown facility in the US and the other for Sharp’s Hamont-Achel site in Belgium.
Dividella’s NeoTopx system is an automated top-loading cartoner with the flexibility to pack vials, syringes, pens/autoinjectors and multi-component kits. With quick turnover between batches, it’s particularly suitable for small-batch production and offers accelerated speed to market. The machine has the flexibility to deliver large standardized packaging runs for vaccines, providing Sharp with further capacity to meet global demand with the support of its harmonized serialization platforms.
Jeff Benedict, Chief Commercial Officer at Sharp, said: “Sharp has seen sustained demand for our packaging capabilities from clients across the biotech industry. The sector is increasingly focused on developing treatments for orphan diseases as well as personalized therapies and these are driving a need for more flexible and smaller batch capabilities in the packaging space.
“Investing in these new Dividella’s will allow us to offer greater capacity to clients both in the US and in the EU, for the secondary packaging of vials, pen devices, syringes and multicomponent kits as well as medical devices and blisters.”
With a modular design, the cartoners offer greater flexibility in production line design and the top-loading function offers greater visibility to each component and therefore improved compliance and control.
The Dividella system also supports Sharp sustainability initiative due to the full cardboard designs of the packs produced which reduce the use of plastic blisters.
The Allentown site is also installing a NJM Courser 230 Vial and Syringe Labeler which offers simple, toolless changeover to reduce downtime between batches, delivering further efficiencies in small-scale production.
Mr Benedict added: “Through our parent company UDG Healthcare, we have continued to invest in capabilities and services to stay ahead of the future needs of our clients. This latest wave of investment will position us to support this on-going demand.”
In recent years, Sharp has invested $21 million into expanding capacity and capabilities at its Biotechnology Center of Excellence in Allentown and $11 million on enhancing syringe assembly and cold chain capabilities in the US, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Sharp, part of UDG healthcare, is a global leader in advanced clinical supply chain services and contract pharmaceutical packaging. Offering solutions and support to pharma and biotech clients from phase I trials all the way through to commercialization and rapid launch. The organisation has state-of-the-art facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands and over 32 clinical depots globally, covering every region of the world.
Our full complement of integrated services includes: analytical, formulation development, clinical manufacturing & packaging, clinical IRT, blister packaging, bottling, secondary assembly and labelling of injectable presentations, compliance packaging, as well as storage and distribution. Sharp also offers Qualified Person (QP) services for European distribution.
Through our partnership with Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing we also offer specialist isolator-based filling of vials, syringes, cartridges and containers, as well as lyophilization and terminal sterilization.