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28 Sep 2020

Sterling Pharma Solutions launches £11 million Material Science Centre

Sterling Pharma Solutions' new Material Science Centre.

The new centre will allow the company to improve efficiencies and reduce overall manufacturing time.

After announcing the investment last year, global contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), Sterling Pharma Solutions, has officially opened its new multi-million-pound Material Science Centre (MSC).

The three-floor MSC comprises six ISO Class 8 cleanrooms, which house four milling and micronisation suites.

The new facility also contains warehousing and workshop facilities dedicated to the milling operations, as well as a new fully equipped solid state laboratory and an analytical services laboratory and write up area.

According to the company's CEO, Kevin Cook, the centre will provide a range of specialist solid state chemistry and milling services to complement the services it already provides.

Previously, the company outsourced its solid form services to third parties. Now, in response to customer requirements, Sterling Pharma Solutions has brought them in-house.

"The centre will allow us to manage more of the product processing and as a result improve efficiencies; mitigating risk and allowing us to provide our customers with more cost-effective solutions. It will also help to reduce overall manufacturing time as we continue to develop more efficient processes, said Mr Cook.

The CDMO's solid form development team will be housed within the facility and will work to optimise existing processes across four connected areas of solid form investigation including, salt/cocrystal screening, polymorph screening, preformulation evaluation and crystallisation development.

As a result of the ongoing pandemic and visitor restrictions, Sterling will be launching the centre virtually. This will include a webinar hosted by Sterling’s experts to introduce the facility, team and services.

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