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WACKER Strengthens Its Pharmaceutical-Protein Business and Buys Dutch Biotechnology Plant

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  • Wacker takes over SynCo Bio Partners of Amsterdam
  • Capacity of acquired fermentation plant for pharmaceutical actives totals some 2,000 liters – Wacker Biotech’s overall capacity doubles as a result
  • SynCo’s expertise in manufacturing live microbial products and in filling finished pharmaceuticals expands Wacker’s portfolio
  • Plant acquisition is a key step for Wacker, supporting ongoing expansion in the high-growth biopharmaceuti­cals market and securing sufficient GMP production capacities for existing and new customers

Munich, Germany and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 17, 2018 / B3C newswire / -- Wacker Chemie AG has acquired a Dutch site for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals, live microbial products and vaccines, plus the associated business, from SynCo Bio Luxembourg S.à.r.l.. The Munich-based chemical company announced the acquisition today. For WACKER, maintaining SynCo’s existing customer relationships is a top priority. Moreover, WACKER is keeping on SynCo’s employees. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

“This strategic acquisition is a key step for our ongoing expansion in the high-growth biopharmaceuticals market,” explained Auguste Willems of WACKER’s Executive Board. “The new plant will enable us to satisfy robust market demand today and in the coming years – and to strengthen our position as a leading contract manufacturer of microbial-derived biopharmaceutical proteins.”

Founded in 2000, SynCo Bio Partners has some 110 employees and operates two fermentation lines with current capacities of 1,500 and 270 liters. These lines manufacture microbial-derived biopharmaceuticals, not only for clinical testing, but also for the commercial market. There is a further line of single-use fermenters, which provides additional and flexible production capabilities. SynCo’s service offering is rounded out with a “fill and finish” facility, which enables the complete manufacture of pharma­ceuticals from the active agent to the filled product. The facilities meet “Good Manufacturing Practice” (GMP) quality standards, and they have already been inspected by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and approved for the manufacture of specific pharmaceutical proteins.

“Expanding our production capacity strengthens our market position sustainably,” said Gerhard Schmid, president of WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS. “The additional fermentation lines double our current capacity, which increases our ability to produce key pharmaceuticals cost effectively, using advanced microbial techniques. We look forward to continuing the comprehensive support for SynCo’s existing customers, while also offering them the proprietary technologies of Wacker Biotech. The acquisition will significantly expand our portfolio of technologies and services.”

SynCo’s expertise in manufacturing live microbial biopharmaceuticals is a valuable complement to WACKER’s know-how as a full-service supplier. Live microbial products represent a promising new class of actives, offering innovative therapies for serious illnesses and new vaccines against cholera, for example.

About Wacker Biotech Wacker Biotech GmbH is a full-service contract manufacturer of bio­pharmaceutical proteins based on microbial systems. The company’s services range from molecular biology, analytical services and process development through to the GMP-compliant manufacture of clinical test samples and pharmaceutical actives for the commercial market at its German-based Jena and Halle plants, which are GMP compliant, and FDA and EMA certified. Above all, Wacker Biotech offers proprietary technolo­gies that satisfy market needs for cost-efficient production and maximum quality. Wacker Biotech is a wholly-owned WACKER subsidiary.

  Contact

Wacker Chemie AG Media Relations & Information Christof Bachmair +49 89 6279-1830 christof.bachmair@wacker.com www.wacker.com

 

The Company in Brief: WACKER is a globally-active chemical company with some 13,800 employees and annual sales of around € 4.9 billion (2017). WACKER has a global network of 23 production sites, 21 technical competence centers and 50 sales offices.                                                                                                                            

WACKER SILICONES Silicone fluids, emulsions, rubber grades and resins; silanes; pyrogenic silicas; thermoplastic silicone elastomers

WACKER POLYMERS Polyvinyl acetates and vinyl acetate copolymers and terpolymers in the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins and solutions

WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS Biotech products such as cyclodextrins, cysteine and biologics, as well as fine chemicals and PVAc solid resins

WACKER POLYSILICON Polysilicon for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries

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