Atlas to invest in extra capacity at STI test manufacturing partner Bespak

By Dani Bancroft

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Atlas Genetics has said it will expand manufacturing capacity for cartridge-based STI tests at a UK facility owned by drug delivery technology firm Bespak Europe ltd.

Atlas announced it would increase capacity at Bespak’s facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk last week, explaining it will pay for the expansion with some of the £28.4m ($35.5m) it raised through a recent Series D fundraising round.

UK-based Atlas Genetics – which has received a second equity investment from Bespak’s owner Consort Medical plc in a series D financing round – develops in vitro ​diagnostic tests for sexually transmitted infections.

Bespak's facility in King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK. (Image: Consort Medical plc)

In addition to funding the manufacturing expansion, funds raised during the investment round will finance clinical trials and commercial launch of a combined Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test Atlas is developing.

Marc Green, spokesperson for Atlas Genetics, told in-Pharmatechnologist the expansion at the King’s Lynn facility will support commercial launch.

The firm anticipates US and EU regulatory approval for the tests by end of 2017.

Jonathan Glenn, Consort Medical CEO, said: “We are excited about the potential for this rapid testing technology, and remain committed as Atlas Genetics’ development and manufacturing partner through our Bespak subsidiary.”

King’s Lynn

Bespak’s site in King’s Lynn has also been employed for manufacturing ​use by Big Pharma firms GSK and AstraZeneca.

The facility is equipped with clean rooms with injection moulding machines and automated assembly suites.

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