February 2015

Vetter Manufacturing Expansion

Vetter has completed the next step of its expansion with the addition of a third cleanroom. Clinical syringe projects are now being accepted at the facility, which can handle preclinical through phase II projects.

The third clean room provides filling of single-chamber syringes with a maximum filling speed of 3,600 units per hour, and batch sizes as large as 25,000 units. The line is constructed as a Restricted Access Barrier System (RABS), offering various filling pumps depending upon products unique characteristics, as well as fully automated tub processing. The new cleanroom, which mirrors one already available in the company's European development operations in Ravensburg, Germany, expands upon the company's strategy to offer its customers an early platform access to drug development


Said Vetter Managing Director Peter Soelkner,"The newest cleanroom, which performs clinical manufacturing of syringes, is a demonstration of Vetter's consistent approach to staying ahead of the market. For many indications, prefilled syringes provide advantages that will become even more important in the future of drug delivery. With our Chicago site, we can now offer our customers filling of this delivery system from early in the drug development process, affording them an innovative approach and an early advantage in today's highly competitive markets." Click here to access complete press release


TIC Open House

The grand opening of Technology Innovation Center (TIC) January 29 featured speakers, tours and an opportunity for leaders to champion progress in the park and what the future might hold.  "I think [the science park] is just a perfect example of an industry that was going to go away here and was able to be saved through innovation, creative thinking and lots of strategic partnerships," said Andria Winters, Illinois' acting director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. "[Bruce Rauner] understands that innovation and technology-based economic development is a critical component of that." 


Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9) were on hand as were State Sens. Daniel Biss (D-9) and Ira Silverstein (D-8) and State Rep. Laura Fine (D-17)."We are trying to bring together a real community of entrepreneurs and experts in the different dimensions of what is going to define the economy of the 21st Century," said Tim Lavengood, TIC Director.  The open house was also sponsored by Oakton Community College, which operates a state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab inside the science park. Oakton's program trains students for future jobs in the nanotechnology field, where there is a growing need for technicians.  More information is available in this news article. 

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