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May 2018
New line Form Fill Seal in Grifols facilities in Parets del Vallès

Grifols Partnership is highly committed to the pharmaceutical industry, and continues to grow and invest in order to maintain its competitiveness within the market. Our engagement with clients and the high quality of our sterile solutions is our number one priority. Proof of our dedication to innovation is the installation of the first form-fill-seal (FFS) line at the manufacturing site in Parets del Vallès, Spain. It is the fourth FFS line in Grifols, after the three FFS lines in Murcia, Spain.

The new line will be divided in two stages: the first one will consist of a dosing and double bagging automated process and the second will be a fully automated line, including formation, filling, dosing and sealing (double bag). The addition of the FFS line will provide additional manufacturing capacity and flexibility to meet the specifications of our customers in terms of multi format (from 50 ml to 1000 ml) and connectors (twist-off, needle free and Fleboflex® connector). The investment in sterile manufacturing technology was approximately 2M €.

The first stage of the new line will be operational in the first half of 2019.

March 2018
Five minutes with Marga Viñes, Business Development Manager – Contract Manufacturing, Grifols – DCAT Week'18

During the Dcat Week'18 in New York, our Business Development Manager was interviewed by the Teknoscienze publisher. A five-minute conversation where Marga Viñes talks about Grifols, our capabilities in contract manufacturing and the recent investments we have made. This proved to be a different and rewarding way to show our expertise and experience. Read more

May 2017
Grifols' Normal saline solution produced in its Murcia facility receives U.S. FDA approval

The FDA approval allows Grifols to market its normal saline solution in 500-millimeter polypropylene bags in the U.S. hospital sector and guarantees the Group's self-sufficiency. The product is manufactured in Grifols' production plant in Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia)

Grifols' U.S. network of plasma-donation centers will also use the IV solution as a preventative measure to restore the circulatory volume of donors

As Grifols continues to drive the internationalization of its Hospital Division, this approval opens up new possibilities for future authorizations to sell other products manufactured in its facilities located in Parets del Vallès (Barcelona) and Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia). It also confirms the company's strategy to promote complementarity of its products and services among business divisions

March 2016
Grifols invests in Sterile Manufacturing

Grifols is a Spanish healthcare company with headquarters in Barcelona, which specializes in plasma-derived proteins and contract manufacturing of sterile solutions. The company has recently made investments in sterile manufacturing technology with the installation of a fourth form-fill-seal (FFS) line at its manufacturing site in Murcia, Spain. The addition of the new FFS line will increase the company´s flexible bag manufacturing capacity by 30%. The new line can operate using the standard Grifols connector and can also manufacture bags with one or two tubes.

The new line will be operational in 2017 once validation have been completed and approved by Spanish health authorities. Grifols is also waiting for US Food and Drug Administration approval for the new FFS line as part of the company´s plan to expand sales of parenteral solutions in new markets. The Murcia facility has also been fitted with a new high-capacity autoclave and a new conditioning line to handle the increase in production.

Another production line is scheduled to be completed in the company´s Parets del Vallés facility in Barcelona, in the first half of 2018.

January 2015
NEW Automated fully-integrated filling line for vials from 5 ml to 50 ml

Grifols Partnership has a new automated fully-integrated filling line for pharmaceutical products subjected to terminal sterilization. The entire filling line has been designed by Grifols Engineering, and is able to fill vials from 5 ml to 50 ml with a production capacity of 3000 units/hour.

The Line is composed of two separate modules:

  • The first module is composed of an inlet turntable that is fed by a depyrogenation tunnel, and a dispensing and capping module.
  • The second module has a double capping station and a system for placing the vials in racks.

Fully programmable peristaltic pumps are used to achieve the most demanding requirements in terms of dose limit and timing. The four dispensing heads are independently monitored and controlled.

pick-and-place type station is responsible for capping the previously dispensed vials.

A measurement sensor verifies the correct placement of the caps, thus ensuring that all vials are properly covered. Vials are rejected if the sensor detects a misplaced cap, or if an error is detected in the peristaltic pumps implying a fault in the dose dispensed.

In the second module, the capped vials are encapsulated to ensure correct sealing. The capsule is laser-etched and immediately checked by a computer vision camera. If the laser etching is faulty, the vial is rejected.

Vials are automatically placed on racks.

The design of the filling line complies with strict Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements as well as the standards required by Health Authorities such as FDA and EMA.

April 2014
Coming from ICSE-CPhI in Saint Petersburg

We have taken part for the first time in the CPHI Russia, which took place on 16th and 17th April, in Saint Petersburg. It is considered the number one pharma sourcing event, and the ideal background for networking and building new contacts in the Contract Manufacturing sector, specifically in the CIS and Russian territories.

Grifols International participated in the exhibition to promote the services offered by Grifols Engineering, for the construction of pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, and Laboratorios Grifols, which focuses on contract manufacturing of sterile solutions and lipid emulsions.

Once more, we have had a positive impression of our participation, having established key contacts with potential partners.

 

Articles

Panel Discussion on Parenteral Drug Manufacturing

Pharma Horizon: April 2018

Grifols Partnership has had the pleasure to participate in the second Pharma Horizon panel discussion for 2018. The topic this time was the Parenteral Drug Manufacturing Process and our Business Development Manager, Marga Viñes, has taken part giving her point of view on parenteral drug manufacturing challenges. We must always bear in mind that behind each parenteral product there is a patient.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Expanding US Supply Options for Large-Volume Parenterals

Pharma's Almanac: March 2018

Grifols has implemented its vertical integration philosophy to ensure the consistent supply of high-quality Sodium Chloride 0.9% solution to its blood/plasma donor centers. Despite the growing interest in LVPs, only a few manufacturers produce these important products for the US market.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Mitigating Shortages of Injectable Drugs in the United States

Pharma's Almanac: September 2017

The majority of short supply drugs are sterile injectable products due to manufacturing issues, particularly quality problems. It is an important objective to mitigate some shortages because they can delay or deny patients the crucial treatments they require.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Small Molecule Injectable Manufacturing: Challenges and Complexities

Pharma's Almanac: June 2017

There is no doubt about the importance of medicines based on small molecules, especially for parenteral formulations, but are we aware of the complexity that a successful production of complex products such as sterile injectables requires? The answer is that injectable products must be manufactured to very high quality and sterility standards.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Facilitating Tech Transfer For Parenteral Products

Pharma's Almanac: March 2017

The ability to track & trace pharmaceutical product in the distribution channel has always been a regulatory imperative, but those regulations are evolving and becoming more sophisticated to improve drug safety and the threat of counterfeits in the supply chain.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Advancing Patient-Centric Parenteral Drug Strategies

Pharma's Almanac: December 2016

Parenterally administered drug will remain the delivery option of choice, especially in the era of biologics, but their ultimate success therapeutically and commercially hinges on how well these drugs can be integrated into a patient-centric continuum of care.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership
Oriol Prat. Director Contract Manufacturing, Grifols Partnership

Track & Trace Systems for Serialization and Aggregation

Pharma's Almanac: September 2016

Pharmaceutical outsourcing by definition requires the transfer of technology from sponsor company to the service provider. Outsourcing of sterile injectable fill-finish projects brings additional complexities and risk.
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Pere Villanova. Technological Innovation Manager, Grifols

A Holistic Interpretation of commitment to Quality

Pharma's Almanac: April 2016

Parental Manufacturing Market Trends.
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Oriol Prat. Director Contract Manufacturing, Grifols Partnership

Parental Outsourcing Trends

Contract Pharma: March 2016

Contract Pharma asked a roundtable of business leaders from Symbiosis, Grifols, Althea, LSNE and Baxter to discuss key trends in the parental dosage development and manufacturing market.
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Tim Wright. Editor Contract Pharma

Patient Safety and Parental Delivery Systems

Pharma's Almanac February 2016

Parental Drug Delivery.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Parenteral Manufacturing Market Trends

Contract Pharma: March 2015

Switching from concentrated formulas to premixed solutions that are ready to use for injection.
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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Sterile Solutions: How to Choose the Right CDMO?

Pharaceutical Technology Europe: March 2015

How do you know if you have chosen the right CDMO?
Do you just wait to have the answer when your product is out on the market? 

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Marga Viñes. Business Development Manager, Grifols Partnership

Events

The Grifols Partnership team will attend the following events. Interested in meeting us there? Please send us an email with your area of interest and contact details to partnership@grifols.com

October 9-11
IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Spain CPhI Worldwide

CPhI Worldwide will host pharma professionals over three days where they may network and take advantage of more than 150 free industry seminars. Every sector of the pharmaceutical market is represented under one roof, this year in Madrid. Attending CPhI Worldwide is a cost effective way to establish new business relationships, meet with global partners and stay updated on the latest industry trends. The exhibition showcases cover the whole spectrum of pharmaceutical manufacturing and ingredients sourcing, offering products and services that cover the entire supply chain.

We look forward to seeing you at our stand number 3F102

September 27-28
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ, United States Contract Pharma

The 17th Annual Contracting & Outsourcing Conference & Tabletop Exhibition will be held at the heart of New Jersey's pharmaceutical industry. The two-day conference and one-day exhibition provides the perfect venue for easy, informal discussions for manufacturing, packaging, laboratory services and more.

We hope to meet you there!

March-April 2018
Grifols has attended the DCAT Week in New York and CPhI NA

Grifols successfully participated, as a member company, in DCAT Week: the premier business development event for companies engaged in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing and related industries. Held annually in March, DCAT Week ensures that members have a forum for high-level strategic meetings with key decision makers, timely educational programs, and important networking opportunities. It is a remarkable fact that this year Grifols Partnership has had the pleasure to be on the cover of the Pharma Horizon journal again, which has been distributed to the attendees during the DCAT Week.

In April this year, Grifols attended CPhI NA celebrated in Philadelphia and took the opportunity to participate in the Exhibitor Showcase talking about "The right CDMO for Your premixed solutions in Flexible bags".

Thanks to all our customers and colleagues who met with us during these events.

April 24-26. Philadelphia
CPhI North America

Grifols Partnership will attend the CPhI North America, the epicenter for pharma innovation, emerging trends, insights and education. It is the perfect opportunity to meet the entire pharma eco-system, from early discovery to commercialization, offering you access to the right partners at any stage of development. It is also a good chance to networking with top industry players and effectively do business.

We look forward to seeing you at our stand number 1437.

March 19-22 New York City, United States
DCAT WEEK 2018

DCAT Week is the premier business development event for companies engaged in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing and related industries. It is organized and hosted by the Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association (DCAT), a not-for-profit, member-supported, global business development association whose unique membership model integrates both innovator and generic drug manufacturers and suppliers of ingredients, development and manufacturing services, and related technologies. Held annually in March, DCAT Week ensures that members have a forum for high-level strategic meetings with key decision makers, timely educational programs, and important networking opportunities.

Grifols is a DCAT member

September 27-28. New Jersey
Contract Pharma

The two-day conference and one-day exhibition on September 27th provides the perfect venue for easy, informal discussions for manufacturing, packaging, laboratory services and more. We look forward to seeing you there!