Facilty Design & Management

ISPE Announces 2017 Pharma Facility Winners

Feb 23, 2017

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) says its Facility of the Year Award (FOYA) program recognizes innovation and creativity in manufacturing facilities serving the regulated healthcare industry. Projects selected for the FOYA program set the standard for pharmaceutical facilities of the future by demonstrating excellence in facility design, construction, and operations.

“We are proud to honor the eight organizations that share ISPE’s commitment to innovate and advance pharmaceutical manufacturing technology for the benefit of all global patients,” said John Bournas, ISPE CEO and President.

The 2017 Facility of the Year Category Award Winners include:

Abbott: Winner of the Operational Excellence category for success of its “Operational Excellence – A New Quality Approach" project initiated at the Abbott Diagnostics facility in Longford, Ireland. The site has increased productivity, improved changeover efficiencies, eliminated backorders, and enhanced product quality--while also reducing cost per unit, cycle times, equipment downtime, and inventory holdings.

Bristol-Myers Squibb: Winner of Facility Integration category for its Biologics Development Building and the Clinical Manufacturing Building project located in Devens, Massachusetts. These facilities were recognized as outstanding examples of how to integrate new capabilities within an existing plant through careful design, good collaboration, as well as creative engineering.

Cook Pharmica: Winner of Equipment Innovation category for its Flexible Filling Line project in Bloomington, Indiana. This collaborative development between owner, suppliers and engineering experts delivered a novel application of commercially available and custom developed equipment innovation manufacturing solutions that drove superior commercial market changing technology and supply chain flexibility in a unique “ready-to-use” vial platform.

Eli Lilly and Company: Winner of the Process Innovation category for its Continuous Direct Compression Manufacturing Kits 2 & 3 project located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Carolina, Puerto Rico. Their forward thinking approach brought on the implementation of Continuous Direct Compression (CDC) Process and other process innovations in their oral solid dose (OSD) facilities across their manufacturing network.

Eli Lilly and Company: Winner of the Facility of the Future category for its process development, production platform commitment, and deployment of three replicate operational continuous oral solid dosage (OSD) production facilities. Fundamental to the success of the project was the development of the progressive mass balance control scheme anchored by advanced automation and PAT technology— key to insuring consistent control, low process variability, and high quality assurance.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Ireland Limited: Winner of the Project Execution category for its creation of a greenfield manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland. Having no prior experience internally on building or operating a manufacturing facility, the Jazz “Project Rock” approach was highly pragmatic, and a model for lean project execution and integration of the investment from “project” phase to licensed GMP operations.

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation: Honorable Mention for its facility in West Columbia, South Carolina. The Nephron S.C., project was recognized for its use and integration of a suite of industry leading technologies such as laser guided vehicles, automated warehousing, robotics to eliminate human intervention and track and trace technology.

Novartis-Penn Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies: Honorable Mention for its Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies (CACT) project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The facility leverages pharmaceutical engineering principles to successfully merge academic, corporate, and medical considerations thereby creating an innovative center to advance personalized medicine.

PT. Kalbio Global Medika: Honorable Mention for its greenfield Biotech Facility project in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kalbio’s young and highly motivated project team is an outstanding example of the “can do spirit”. It is a fine demonstration of the talent and potential for biomanufacturing in the region.

The 2017 FOYA Category Winners will be formally recognized at the ISPE Facility of the Year Awards Banquet on June 6, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. The 2017 FOYA Overall Winner will be announced at the 2017 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo from Oct. 29–Nov. 1 in San Diego, California.

For more information, visit www.FacilityOfTheYear.org.