Contract player Recipharm has been on a buying spree that now takes it into India to expand its reach in sterile injectables, one of the hot areas these days for both drugmakers and contractors.
The Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association says the country's pharmaceutical contract manufacturing industry is growing at 20%.
Norwegian drugmaker Weifa figures its consumer health biz and its contract active pharmaceutical ingredient operations both have a better shot at growth if they go their separate ways. To make that happen, Weifa plans on spinning the API business off into a contract manufacturing operation, with its first contract to make the APIs for Weifa.
Enteris BioPharma, which was formed in August 2013, will offer contract manufacturing after investing about $1 million into its 32,000-square-foot, FDA-approved manufacturing plant where it makes active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) up to commercial scale using microbial expression systems.
India's Piramal Enterprises said it was on the cusp of buying a CDMO founded at the University of Kentucky. That comes weeks after Japan's Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies bought half of a vaccine manufacturing specialist from the Texas A&M University System.
California-based Peregrine Pharmaceuticals says that contract manufacturing revenue was off in its last quarter but demand remains high for its Avid Bioservices unit, and so like a number of contract manufacturers that target biologics, it is adding capacity.
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing (GRAM), a small parenteral contract manufacturing company in Grand Rapids, MI, has opened a new 28,000-square-foot facility for its finishing operations, inspection services and storage, as well as housing a substantially larger lab, Contract Pharma reports.
Cubist is going through a bad patch with outsourced production. The problems began in August 2013, when CMO quality failings prompted Cubist to recall four lots of its injectable antibiotic Cubicin. Having summoned back another lot in April, Cubist has now issued a much larger recall, with about 100 lots affected.
Contract services company Aptuit will invest $1 million in its facility in Glasgow, Scotland, to expand its capacity to manufacture sterile cytotoxic liquid and lyophilized drug products.
While geopolitical instability in Eastern Europe would appear to make Russia a risky bet, the size of the market and incoming targets on drug production mean the likes of Abbott Laboratories are still investing. For companies unwilling or unable to strike deals like Abbott's $495 million buyout of Veropharm, a new option is tipped to emerge: CMOs.