Boehringer China biologics plant to do contract work
German drugmaker to build €35M plant in Shanghai.
Lots of international drugmakers are opening plants in China to manufacture their products for a growing middle class looking for Western medicines. But Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim is taking a different tact. It will build a biologics plant there and offer contract manufacturing to the growing number of Chinese companies developing their own drugs.
The company said today it has created a strategic alliance with Zhangjiang Biotech & Pharmaceutical Base Development Company (ZJ Base) in Pudong, Shanghai, which will build the facility under BI’s tutelage. The plant will help develop and manufacturer biologic drugs using mammalian cell culture technology. BI will invest€ 35 million in the plant, which it expects to be operating in 2016. It said it will employ up to 65 people.
Officials with the two companies said the ZJ Base offers Boehringer all the local knowledge needed to get a plant built in China, while Boehringer brings the
There are other companies, Chinese and Western, building biologics facilities in China. Innovent Biologics in November said it had picked up $25 million from investors, including Eli Lilly ($LLY), to build a 90,