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Patheon Announces First Phase of Additional Investment in Milton Park, UK Facility to Expand Early Development Capabilities in Europe

(PRWEB) January 31, 2013

Patheon Inc., a leading provider of contract development and commercial manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry, today announced plans for additional investment in its Milton Park facility. Located in Oxfordshire, UK, Milton Park is a dedicated pharmaceutical development services facility focused on early development projects.

As part of its early stage offerings, Milton Park currently provides proof-of-concept and first-in-man development programs for oral dose forms. It also offers Quick to Clinic™, which provides clinical trial materials as fast as four months from receipt of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). This service has been structured to provide support to emerging pharmaceutical companies with promising molecules.

With the first phase of additional investment to Patheon’s Milton Park facility, the company will be able to expand upon the early development capabilities currently being offered, including the introduction of the SoluPath™ program. SoluPath™ is the first fixed-price, multi-platform solution to improve bioavailability that allows parallel formulation screening using multiple leading edge technologies to review aqueous, lipid-based and solid state formulations. The result is a unique formulation development program for low solubility/bioavailability molecules, which should facilitate a faster route to the clinic. The purchase of a new HME screening tool and spray–drier will supplement existing technologies at Milton Park to provide the SoluPath™ service to emerging pharmaceutical companies with poorly soluble molecules.

“The introduction of Solupath™ into Milton Park’s existing capabilities is an exciting addition to Patheon’s service offering in Europe,” said Robin Platt, Senior Director, Operations for Milton Park. “Poorly soluble compounds are increasingly common in pharmaceutical development and we believe Solupath™ provides a mechanism for identifying the most effective way of improving bioavailability of molecule in these cases.”

Paul Garofolo, Executive Vice President, Global PDS Operations, added, “Solupath™ has been operating successfully in Patheon’s North American facilities. Establishing this capability in Europe is part of Patheon’s global strategy to expand early pharmaceutical development services for our customers.”

About Patheon Inc.
Patheon Inc. (TSX: PTI) is a leading provider of contract development and commercial manufacturing services to the global pharmaceutical industry for a full array of solid and sterile dosage forms. Through the company's recent acquisition of Banner Pharmacaps - a market leader in soft gelatin capsule technology - Patheon now also includes a proprietary products and technology business.

Patheon provides the highest quality products and services to approximately 300 of the world's leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The company's integrated development and manufacturing network consists of thirteen manufacturing facilities and eleven development centers across North America and Europe. Patheon enables customer products to be launched with confidence anywhere in the world. For more information visit

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