Cambrex completes $38M Expansion in High Point

Cambrex, a leading global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), celebrated this week the completion of its $38 million capacity expansion at its small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility in High Point.

“We are extremely excited about this expansion in North Carolina, which would not have been possible without the support of the state’s leadership and economic development programs, and their focus on nurturing the region’s skilled and diverse workforce,” said Dan Bowles, Vice President and General Manager, Cambrex High Point.

Cambrex reactors
Cambrex reactors. -Photo from Cambrex

The expansion doubles the facility’s manufacturing capacity, with new state-of-the-art analytical and chemical development laboratories, two new clinical manufacturing suites, and a small-scale commercial manufacturing operation with three work centers and 2,000 Liter reactors.

In addition to the new infrastructure, more than 70 new jobs have been created as Cambrex continues to recruit expert pharmaceutical R&D scientists and staff to the region. 

“When we began this project in 2021, our vision extended far beyond capacity,” said Tom Loewald, CEO, Cambrex, in a company news release. “We designed a facility that can continue to deliver on client needs as the industry evolves, with state-of-the-art technology and laboratory equipment, an energy-efficient infrastructure, and clinical to commercial manufacturing scale.”

Cambrex equipment
New Cambrex equipment. -Photo from Cambrex

The High Point capabilities complement those of previously acquired Snapdragon Chemistry, which specializes in R&D for API batch and continuous flow process development. The combination of Snapdragon Chemistry and the expansion in High Point allows Cambrex clients to utilize one vendor for flow chemistry scale-up from R&D through commercialization.

"We are very excited that Cambrex is doubling its footprint in our region and adding 75 jobs," said Nancy Johnston, executive director of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Piedmont Triad office. "This amazing facility is a testament to the confidence that Cambrex has in our region and in the state's growing life sciences industry."

Cambrex continues to expand its capabilities and capacity across its North American and European network to meet the growing demand for outsourced product development and manufacturing services.

Chris Capot, NCBiotech
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