Vetter’s Chicago Facility Now Accepting Projects
Product News May 03, 2011
Processes used at Vetter’s Chicago operations are based on those of existing Vetter facilities. The site is staffed in large part by experienced professionals from Vetter’s German facilities. Some of these personnel will be replaced by local professionals as they are hired and trained in Vetter best practices. This train-and-replace strategy helps ensure seamless performance across Vetter sites.
Chicago facility functional areas include qualification and validation, engineering, microbiology lab, chemical analysis lab, materials preparation, compounding, aseptic filling, visual inspection, quality assurance, supply chain and the administrative office. German employees currently staff a majority of positions, while local professionals are hired and trained. Local staff hired to work in the microbiology and chemical analysis labs receive part of their training at Vetter’s existing facilities. Those working in the manufacturing area train on local equipment at the Chicago facility. Experienced project managers steer all tasks and processes, which is a major success factor in early-phase work.
Over the next two to three years, local professionals are expected to replace some of Vetter’s German employees in Chicago. “Our train-and-replace strategy underscores Vetter’s dedication to consistency and quality, which our customers trust us to deliver,” explains Vetter Managing Director Peter Soelkner. “This approach also helps ensure a seamless transfer from Chicago to our commercial manufacturing facilities, once products reach phase III.”
The 24,000-square-foot Chicago facility houses cleanrooms, chemical analysis lab, microbiology lab, cGMP storage area and administrative offices. It is located in a thriving industrial and academic center that offers a talent pool of 70,000 to 80,000 highly skilled professionals. Site manager Dr. Claudia Roth has extensive experience designing and establishing clinical manufacturing lines, including freeze-drying operations.
Vetter´s new Chicago facility is an expansion of Vetter Development Service, one of the company’s three service divisions, along with Vetter Commercial Manufacturing and Vetter Solutions. Vetter Development Service employs more than 100 personnel in Europe and the United States and supports customer products from preclinical development through market launch. Its service portfolio includes, among others, primary and secondary packaging development, process development, clinical manufacturing, regulatory affairs services, and seamless product transfer to Vetter Commercial Manufacturing.
Last year, Vetter relocated its North American sales office to the Illinois Science + Technology Park, further enhancing the company’s ability to serve its customers quickly and efficiently. Proximity to major airports and a metropolitan train station at the park, coming soon, enables customers easy access and underscores Vetter’s emphasis on partnership and its dedication to serving the North American market.