Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Expands Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Capacity with Major Equipment Purchase

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing has announced its second major equipment purchase this year: a state-of-the-art Bausch+Ströbel fully integrated high-speed filling line with SKAN isolator.

The Bausch+Ströbel filler can fill 200 vials per minute and will more than triple GRAM’s manufacturing capacity, maximizing flexibility in manufacturing solutions, increasing process efficiency and ensuring the highest level of sterility. The fully integrated fill line includes a vial washer, depyrogenation tunnel and filling machine and will fill vials ranging from 2mL to 50mL with 100% weight checks.

“GRAM continues to build our flexibility in the highly competitive CDMO market,” said Nick Bykerk, GRAM’s vice president of business development and finance. “Simultaneously, we are reinvesting in the development of our clinical-scale manufacturing. The combination of specialized clinical and commercial production with our analytical and development services offers a powerful solution to better meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

The company is scheduling new projects starting in summer 2019. Tom Ross, president and CEO of GRAM, said: “The fully integrated filling line is a significant capital investment capable of executing clients’ complex parenteral manufacturing processes with the utmost precision. We look forward to serving our customers through additional investments in our facilities and finishing areas, including inspection, labeling and packaging.”

GRAM’s aggressive expansion plans also include the recent completion of a major land purchase agreement and the purchase of a new syringe filler.

“GRAM has always centered around quality and service, which has led to explosive growth,” Ross added. “With Arlington Capital joining our company last November, we have the financial resources to invest in our customers through a planned expansion, new state-of-art injectable fill/finish equipment and additional highly trained staff.”

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