Biopharmaceutical giant Lonza expands its production facilities in Visp

Lonza will expand its production infrastructure in the canton of Valais with the construction of a sixth production line at its Biopark in Visp, thereby creating around 100 new jobs.

Lonza announced an expansion to the company’s microbial manufacturing facility in Visp in the canton of Valais. The new facility will provide mid-scale commercial manufacturing to multiple customers and in particular, serve the growing needs of Servier, an independent international pharmaceutical company and long-term Lonza partner.

Servier and Lonza have recently signed a long-term extension to the manufacturing agreement for L-asparaginase,  produced by Lonza since 2009. The extension and expansion of the collaboration will provide Servier with the additional capacity required to provide treatment to many more patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells.

The new facility will be the sixth to be housed in Lonza’s new biopark in Visp. Lonza launched Ibex™ Solutions in 2018 to offer custom-tailored manufacturing solutions across a broad range of technologies while minimizing time to market with pre-built shells and infrastructure.

The new mid-scale (3,000L) microbial facility will tap into existing central utilities and labs and will complement the existing small-scale (1,000L) and large-scale (15,000L) assets in Visp. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2022 and Lonza expects to add 100 new staff to the existing, highly experienced microbial team.

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