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Hovione Buys Pfizer's Loughbeg API Facility
Date:12/11/2008

ering every scale (lab, pilot and several intermediate production scales) and is able to provide R&D support and commercial manufacturing.

At a time when most fine chemical producers are investing in Asia, Hovione is turning to Ireland. Cork has the highest concentration of API production anywhere in the world, with a vast and deep talent pool, with an excellent cGMP record with the health authorities since the mid-nineties. These sites belong to Large Pharma, companies that are now embracing outsourcing as a key part of their long-term manufacturing strategy. Hovione believes that having the right kind of capacity in Cork will help it better serve its Innovator customers when it comes to making APIs for their new product introductions. "We have been manufacturing in China for over 25 years - we know very well what China can do for the Pharma industry, but we also know what it can't do - and it is for those reasons that we are now in Cork" said Guy Villax, Chief Executive, "The Cork site, the New Jersey Technology Transfer Centre, Loures in Portugal and Taizhou and Macau in China now provide Hovione with the right range of capabilities in the correct geographies - every site meets FDA requirements for APIs but every site is suited to a different and well defined mission" he added.

Pharma manufacturing needs to become lean and cost-effective and this is always a challenge. The outsourcing business model gives manufacturers a head start, as contractors can provide their services to any Innovator company for any product and thus benefit from lower risk, better utilization of facilities and scale. In addition the contractor can select those compounds that have a good fit with its plant's technical capabilities, in turn the pharma company can avoid the expensive plant modifications often required to manufacture these compounds. It is this ability to produce for anyone that will contribute to making compounds fast a
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