HELMs Joint Venture Richter-Helm triples cGMP Production Capacity to Accommodate Global Market Demand
Hamburg, Germany, 06. May 2021
“The market for pharmaceutical biotechnology has been continuously growing and further growth is expected. In order to accommodate demand for high value biopharmaceutical products, Richter-Helm recently started expansion of its microbial manufacturing capacity and continues to push its overall growth strategy.” said Dr. Kai Pohlmeyer, Managing Director at Richter-Helm. The basic engineering of the new facility has been completed and the ground-breaking ceremony took place on May 5th, 2021 by the management team of Richter-Helm, who initiated construction of the new facility.
Richter-Helm and its mother companies Gedeon Richter and HELM AG will invest close to 70 million € to triple the current production capacity and expand its existing warehouse, laboratory, and administration buildings.
Currently, Richter-Helm operates two cGMP-compliant production facilities located in Hannover and Bovenau, Germany, with bioreactor capacities of up to 1,500 litres. The Bovenau expansion covers installment of two additional highly flexible and fully equipped production trains with interchangeable product flows. Bioreactor capacities of 300 litres and 1,500 litres will be added. The production site will reach a total area of about 10,000 m² and includes all necessary utilities and infrastructure, like QC-labs, warehouse and technical areas.
Dr. Kai Pohlmeyer further explains: “With the addition of two new manufacturing trains, Richter-Helm is supporting the demand of its existing customers and the needs of the growing biopharmaceutical market. We will be more flexible and more efficient in bringing products of our worldwide pharmaceutical clients to market. We also expect to create a significant number of new jobs for qualified professionals once the plant becomes fully operational“.
HELM is a Hamburg, Germany, based family-owned company established in 1900 generating global revenues of $5 billion per year. HELM is one of the world’s largest chemicals marketing companies. The company secures access to the world’s key markets through its specific regional knowledge and subsidiaries, sales offices and participations all around the globe. As a multifunctional marketing organization HELM is active in the chemicals industry, in the crop protection industry, in pharmaceuticals and in the fertilizer industry.
About Richter-Helm BioLogics
Richter-Helm is a leading Germany-based contract development and cGMP manufacturing organization with its headquarters based in Hamburg, Germany. Over the past 30 years Richter-Helm gained substantial experience in the development and manufacture of different product classes e.g. recombinant proteins, antibodies, plasmid DNA (pDNA) and vaccines. The company currently operates a development facility and two cGMP manufacturing facilities for microbial production. Richter-Helm offers highly specialized contract development and manufacturing services to support the global pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries with strain development, process development and supply of products for clinical trials and commercial material. Due to the close cooperation with its mother company Gedeon Richter, Richter-Helm also offers services in the areas of mammalian cell-based Drug Substance production and Fill & Finish solutions. For more information visit www.richter-helm.eu or connect with Richter-Helm via LinkedIn.
Dr. Kai Pohlmeyer
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Moreover, sales may be impacted by international and domestic trends toward managed care and health care cost containment and the reimbursement policies imposed by third-party payers as well as legislation affecting biopharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement.