The Installation of Sterile Fill-Finish and Lyophilization Line as part of New Facility Expansion Begins

Construction and validation activities at the PCI Pharma Services Bedford, NH campus will conclude later this year, with GMP production commencing in early 2025.

Leading CDMO PCI Pharma Services has begun installation of key equipment for its newest sterile fill-finish facility on the company’s Bedford, NH campus. Twin lyophilizers and a state-of-the-art large-scale isolator filling line are currently being installed at the forthcoming 50,000-square-foot plant, as foundational components of a previously announced and multi-year $100 million capital investment project. Additional equipment will be incorporated in the coming weeks.

The site constitutes the third high-throughput, isolator-based commercial sterile fill-finish facility that PCI has built in the last three years, aligning with the CDMO’s goals of substantially increasing its sterile fill-finish capacity and production capabilities. Since the plant’s 2022 groundbreaking, PCI has methodically developed aseptic-by-design processes as part of its commitment to providing fully isolated high-volume vial filling and lyophilization solutions. 

The facility will provide increased capacity using Annex 1-compliant technology, including an aseptic fill-finish line within a fully isolated containment system, complete with twin 430-square-foot lyophilizers featuring automatic loading and unloading systems. The integrated filler will be capable of manufacturing batch sizes of up to 300,000 vials at a rate of up to 400 vials per minute, providing large-scale capacity for the filling of life changing, late-phase clinical and commercial small molecules and biologics – including high-value drug products such as mAbs, oligonucleotides, fusion proteins and peptides.

Engineering and validation runs at the new facility are scheduled to occur in late fall, with the line ready for GMP production in Q1 2025. Starting this summer, PCI will be inviting current and potential clients to visit the plant, providing the opportunity to reserve valuable production capacity.

PCI has over 25 years of experience in lyophilization and sterile fill-finish manufacturing, offering deep technical expertise in the end-to-end processing of innovative and complex products. The new high-volume lyophilization and liquid filling facility will add to PCI’s ability to provide full product lifecycle management – from formulation and lyo cycle development through clinical stages and large commercial-scale sterile manufacturing. 

“PCI’s expert technical, engineering, and project management teams – working closely with our long-term contractor partners – are among the industry’s most experienced when it comes to delivering complex, time-sensitive capital projects,” said John Ross, Senior Vice President Drug Development and Manufacturing for PCI Pharma Services. “Our soon-to-open and newest sterile fill-finish and lyophilization facility at our expansive Bedford campus will continue to showcase these strengths, and serve to significantly expand our offering in bringing novel medicines to patients.”

PCI is your world leading CDMO, providing clients with integrated end-to-end drug development, manufacturing, and packaging capabilities that increase their products’ speed to market and opportunities for commercial success. PCI brings the proven experience that comes with more than 90 successful product launches each year and over five decades in the delivery of CDMO services. We currently have 30 sites across seven countries (Australia, Canada, U.S., Ireland, UK, Germany, and Spain) and over 6,000+ employees that work to bring life changing therapies.

Leading technology and continued investment enable us to address global drug development needs throughout the entire product life cycle – from manufacturing capabilities through clinical trial supply, commercialization, and beyond. Our clients view us as an extension of their business and a collaborative partner, together, delivering life changing therapies.