Cipan increases investment in Vila Franca de Xira with a new antibiotic

Cipan – Companhia Industrial Productora de Antibioticos will exclusively supply the raw material for a new antibiotic that will be launched, in the first quarter of 2019, in the United States. Approved in October by the US authorities, “Nuzyra” is based on omadicicline, which will be produced in the Portuguese industry installed 55 years ago in the Carregado Vala, north of the municipality of Vila Franca de Xira.

To develop this production, Cipan will invest about six million euros in its own unit, a figure that joins the eight million already invested in the factory in the last two years by the Spanish group SUANFARMA, which acquired Cipan in 2016. The Portuguese company, specialized in the manufacture and marketing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, mainly antibiotics, but also other raw materials, is undergoing a growth phase. In 2017 it had a turnover of 19.2 million euros, 7.6 million more than the previous year. And it plans to reach 25 million by 2018.

Héctor Ara, president of the SUANFARMA group, makes a positive assessment  on the acquisition of the Portuguese company, stressing that it has accumulated know-how and is one of the few in the world that has the conditions to produce, simultaneously, pharmaceutical compounds by fermentation and by chemical synthesis. Héctor Aras told PÚBLICO that it is SUANFARMA’s intention to transfer its research center, currently in Barcelona, ​​to Cipan’s facilities.

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Cipan present at DCAT Week 2017

Together with Suanfarma, CIPAN will be present at DCAT Week, March 20-23, 2017. We will be glad to meet you at suite no.1903 at the Benjamin Hotel 125 E 50th St, New York.

The Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) powers relationships and industry knowledge for companies engaged in the business of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

DCAT is a 501(c)6, 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.

Founded in 1890, DCAT has been providing a life-long collegial community for industry representatives for over 125 years.

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Suanfarma acquires CIPAN, a public listed Portuguese company

Suanfarma has successfully completed the acquisition of CIPAN (Companhia Industrial Productora de Antibioticos), a prestigious internationally recognized company, pioneer in the production of Antibiotics. Cipan was founded in 1963 in Castanheira do Ribatejo, 30 km north of Lisbon. Their factory is FDA approved, has 800.000 liters of reaction capacity both in fermentation and chemical synthesis processes. Cipan is listed in the EASYNEXT index in Portugal, so Suanfarma has carried out an IPO for a 15% of the free float share capital of the company.

With this acquisition, the third one so far in 2016 following Distribuidora Disandalo in Colombia and Idifarma in Pamplona, Spain, Suanfarma has carried out the industrial investments planned for 2016 after the entry of its latest shareholder, ProA Capital, which acquired a stake in the company in October 2015. CIPAN completes the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients both biotechnological processes (fermentation) and chemical synthesis.

This way, the Spanish company, has significantly reinforced its industrial and development capabilities, and will be able to start the production of its own products on the antidiabetic and probiotic fields, which are currently in R&D phase.

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Increasing Minocycline production

Cipan is increasing its production of Minocycline HCl in 2017. With a production capacity of 30 Ton/year, Cipan has produced small amounts of this product in the last few years. In 2017, we are significantly increasing the output of Minocycline HCl.

Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic and therefore fights bacterial infections  in the human body. Minocycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, but mainly skin infections.

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