Althea adds new aseptic fill/finish line amid cost concerns

By Melissa Fassbender

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(Image: iStock/RGtimeline)
Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. has added a new aseptic fill/finish line in response to client's concerns regarding active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing costs.

The San Diego, CA-based contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) installed the Optima VFVM 7000 aseptic fill/finish line.

"All of our clients are concerned with the cost of manufacturing API. The ability to maximize yield from the filling line was a key driver for this project​," Stacy Sutton, head of engineering at Althea told Outsourcing-Pharma.com.

"This line has the capability to use two different pumping systems, rotary piston and peristaltic. The ability to use single use disposable filling assemblies in conjunction with peristaltic pumps is a key feature​," she added.

The line also has features to minimize drug product loss, including start and end of production modes, Sutton explained.

Additionally, the new line enables larger batch sizes and a wider filling volume range (0.2 mL up to 100 mL). The equipment also provides 100% in-process-control and nitrogen purging.

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