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SAFC Pharma(R) Announces Completion of $12M Contract Manufacturing Facility Expansion in Carlsbad, Calif.
Date:10/12/2009

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAFC Pharma®, a business segment of SAFC®, a member of the Sigma-Aldrich® Group (Nasdaq: SIAL), today announced the completion of an addition to its Carlsbad, Calif., facility that expands the Company's contract manufacturing services for its late phase and commercial clients. The $12 million project includes the addition of two fully segregated state-of-the-art viral product manufacturing suites, built to employ the latest in disposable bioreactor technologies, expanding SAFC Pharma's biologics, viral vaccines and gene therapy manufacturing to commercial-scale quantities.

SAFC Pharma's Carlsbad site specializes in the process development and manufacturing of viral vaccines and viral therapeutics, including a full menu of support services, from preclinical process and analytical development to final fill/finish and commercial bulk drug supplies. The new expansion, designed for multi-lot campaigns, includes dedicated cell expansion, bioreactor production, purification and cleanroom suites. Adding 8,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to the existing 44,000 sq. ft. site, the addition enables both 100-liter batch production in stirred tank bioreactors and 1,000-liter batch manufacturing in disposable bioreactors, and is Biosafety Level 2 compliant, allowing manipulation of human pathogens. Designed from the outset as a containment facility, the expansion space allows clients to secure a dedicated suite of cleanrooms for larger scale manufacturing.

"We are delighted to announce this expansion of our capabilities at our Carlsbad facility, particularly when the economic environment has been so challenging," commented David Feldker, Vice President SAFC Pharma. "We expect to see a great deal of value in the biologics and viral manufacturing marketplace in the next three to fi
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