Cambrex invests US$5 million in laboratory expansion

Biopharma company to add analytical development and quality control laboratories at Karlskoga site in Sweden

Cambrex Corporation has said construction work on the expansion project at its Karlskoga site in Sweden will commence at the end of Q2 2018. The three-storey, 600 sq m building is scheduled for completion in June 2019.

The expansion will create space for a new technical laboratory with walk-in hoods for large-scale laboratory syntheses up to 10 L, where engineers and chemists will undertake tech transfer studies.

The new investment will also enable handling of potent substances at a large laboratory scale, high-pressure reactions and parallel synthesis for API route scouting and development.

Karlskoga's expanded site will feature two analytical development and quality control laboratories and additional office space for 12 additional scientists and chemists, taking the total headcount to 60.

“We have a rich history in chemistry at our Karlskoga site, dating back 120 years to Alfred Nobel himself in 1896,” commented Bjarne Sandberg, managing director at Cambrex Karlskoga.

He added: “The new laboratory expansion will enhance our ability to provide global customers with scientific and chemical excellence.”

In 2017 Cambrex announced that it had upgraded its continuous flow capabilities in Karlskoga with a dedicated commercial-scale unit, capable of producing multiple metric tons of high purity API intermediates per annum.

To complement these capabilities, the company also completed the installation of multiple continuous flow reactor platforms at its process development facility in High Point, North Carolina. This investment is focused on the rapid and successful development of processes to supply clinical as well as commercial demand for chemical syntheses.

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