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KeyPlants to extend leadership in offsite construction for the life science industry with the acquisition of the assets in Swedish Modules, our modular workshop partner with more than 45 years of experience delivering more than 3,500 modules to over 30 countries.
Stockholm, Sweden, October 12, 2021
KeyPlants, a leading global provider of modular facilities for medicines, including biologics, and cell and gene therapy, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Swedish Modules, a workshop specializing in delivery of prefabricated, high-specification modular solutions.
Our long-term partner, Swedish Modules have more than 45 years of experience in prefabrication and has delivered over 3,500 high-specification modules to more than 30 countries. From now on, the workshop will be fully integrated into the supply chain, from engineering, fabrication and delivery through a qualified facility.
The acquisition will strengthen KeyPlants’ modular workshop capabilities and support our mission to offer standardized as well as customized process integrated facility solutions. The workshop in Vara, Sweden, 100 km from Gothenburg, has the capacity to manufacture more than 20,000 m2 of cleanroom space per year.
“This acquisition allows us to further reduce the delivery time in our projects and to provide improved quality and reliability to our customers as well as to supply standard POD cleanroom space on demand.
The colleagues in the workshop have unrivalled experience and expertise when it comes to modular fabrication and we are delighted to welcome them to our team” commented Jörgen Harrysson, Managing Director at KeyPlants. “This is a strategic acquisition for KeyPlants, supporting our vision to be the leading provider of innovative life science facilities.”
The combination will unlock significant commercial synergies as KeyPlants brings the unique offerings of each company to their respective high-quality customer bases. The acquisition will also ensure that KeyPlants remain the fastest provider of turnkey modular facilities to the life science industry.
As a part of KeyPlants’ growth strategy and to support the increasing demand for project deliveries in the Life Science industry we are expanding our organization with the opening of a new office in Gothenburg.
We take great pleasure in welcoming Lars-Gunnar Wallenius and Markus Morichetto to KeyPlants! Both L-G and Markus have extensive experience (+20 years) in engineering and modular design. The Gothenburg-team will strengthen our capabilities for global project deliveries whilst providing services to our local customers.
Welcome L-G and Markus to KeyPlants team!
Dakar, Senegal, August 12, 2021
An innovative new partnership was announced today to revolutionize access to COVID-19 and other vaccines in Africa by manufacturing these vaccines at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) as part of the project known as MADIBA, “Vaccines in Africa, for Africa”.
The partnership will see Unizima, a Univercells company, Intact and KeyPlants collaborate with the Senegalese government and multiple international funders to establish a first-of-its kind vaccine manufacturing facility under the management and ownership of the Institut Pasteur de Dakar. When completed in the first half of 2022, the facility will have capacity to manufacture at least 300 million doses of vaccines per year. While the first target will be COVID-19, the facility will include multi-suite drug substance and fill-finish capabilities. It is designed to be modular and flexible to adapt to changing pandemic and global health needs. When fully operational in 2022, it will be the first site in Africa capable of producing a finished COVID-19 vaccine from raw materials. Unlike traditional facility construction, by using modular off-site construction, IPD can achieve a compressed timeline.
The project has recently secured initial financing as part of a major package of investment in vaccine and pharmaceuticals production in Africa which brings together the Government of Senegal, the European Commission, EU Member States, and the European Investment Bank, and other financial institutions including the French and US development finance agencies and the investment arm of the World Bank.
The total project scope includes US$ 200 million in funding and IPD will seek to engage one or more licensed COVID vaccine manufacturers to add capacity to their network for vaccine drug substance and fill-finishing to make more doses available to Africa. The long-term vision includes substantial investments in local human capital development with creation of over 200 highly skilled jobs while also developing self-sufficiency in terms of vaccine raw materials used
Dr Amadou Sall, Director of Institut Pasteur de Dakar, said: “IPD has been producing vaccines for epidemics since the 1960s and is the only WHO prequalified vaccine manufacturer in Africa. This innovative facility is an important step in realizing the vision for autonomy for Senegal, West Africa, and across the continent. By using modern technologies and an adaptable approach, we are building to respond to COVID-19 and sustain to be ready for future pandemics.”
While the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has seen some wealthy countries begin to reopen their economies, access to vaccines across Africa has been limited. Less than 4% of people in Africa have had a first or second vaccine, compared to almost 60% in the European Union.
One of the key drivers of this lack of access is a shortage of vaccine manufacturing capacity in Africa.
The facility based at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar is a critical step towards ensuring a
sustainable supply of COVID-19, and other, needed vaccines in Africa. This facility is in line with the stated ambition of the African Union and the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure 60% of the vaccines used in Africa are made in Africa by 2040. The partnership announced today is a model for a continent-wide network of vaccine manufacturing sites, responding to local needs but also able to provide rapid access to novel vaccines in the face of a new pandemic or epidemic threat.
Each member of the partnership has been brought in because of their ability modernize and to further enhance existing capabilities at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar. Unizima, a Univercells company, will complete feasibility studies, conceptual design and provide project management services, in a first phase. Technology Transfer as well as operational support will be provided in a second phase. It is expected that other Univercells companies will also contribute to the project in later stages.
Co-founder and CEO of Univercells and Unizima, Hugues Bultot said: “We created a dedicated company, Unizima, precisely for this type of innovative project. Our collaboration with IPD, which brings to bear the full offering of Univercells Group, will prove that a decentralized model of manufacturing, where local facilities meet local demand for vaccines, is both the most resilient, and most sustainable, way of ensuring that everyone, everywhere, gets access to the critical medicines they need.”
KeyPlants CEO, Jörgen Harrysson added: “We are proud to be part of this important project together with IPD and partners. KeyPlants will be contributing with our expertise and experience to provide vaccine manufacturing capacity for short and long term needs, supporting IPD’s continued success in Africa.”
Dr Daniel Py, founder of Medinstill/Instact said: “We are very happy to partner with Dr. Amadou Sall, and the investors in the IPD project, who all share the same strong mission: to make vaccines and essential medicines accessible to those in need today. Altogether, we can now deliver, starting with the Covid19 program in Senegal, an outstanding stepping-stone.”
On July 9th, 2021, following the signing of the initial project funding, Senegal President Macky Sall described the accomplishment as ‘groundbreaking’ and furthermore when visiting Institut Pasteur de Dakar on July 30th, welcomed the partnership, saying: “Senegal is proud to have established such innovative bioproduction capabilities at IPD. This will advance further our biotechnology industry in Senegal and be the first mover in supporting African vaccine manufacturing autonomy for today and tomorrow.”
About Institut Pasteur de Dakar
IPD is a charity public interest Senegalese foundation with the mission to contribute to public health in Senegal and Africa through research, training and education, expertise and vaccine production. Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) is one of only four WHO prequalified manufacturers to supply yellow fever vaccine to UN’s Agencies.
Univercells is a global life sciences company that makes biologics available to all. Leveraging our core strengths in scaling, production, and bioprocessing, we build businesses and find new ways to support access to medicines and promote sustainability. Through entrepreneurship and technology-driven affordability, we address the needs of the entire health value chain. Univercells is headquartered in Gosselies (Belgium) and benefits from the support of regional and national investors, as well as international investors, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EIB, Global Health Investment Fund, among others active in the health and vaccine industry.
Unizima, an Univercells company, provides turnkey projects that range from supporting partners in accessing affordable biological products to creating comprehensive solutions for local bioproduction and care capacity. We deliver international biomanufacturing projects from inception to technology transfer and validation, alongside operational support services (quality, supply chain, digital) and bioproduction training programs, as well as care centers and diagnostics surveillance centers. Acting as the point of contact for the Univercells Group, we support access to its unique technological portfolio and its expertise in bioprocessing. This allows us to design, build, operate and maintain our clients’ bioproduction facilities.
KeyPlants, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is a leader in modular off-site construction for the life science industry, having executed 100+ projects globally. Our customers benefit from KeyPlants’ vast experience and expertise, resulting in 30-50% shorter timelines and increased predictability with regards to schedule, cost, and quality. KeyPlants deliver turnkey facilities including process equipment, utilities, and digital solutions.
MedInstill/INTACT Solutions have designed and developed its proprietary INTACT™ technologies to deliver innovative sterile liquid filling, multiple-dose dispensing, transfer, and packaging solutions across several industry segments to address the challenges of achieving consistent sterile results. All INTACT™ transfer devices are fully closed, prevent contact of the product or process with the environment, and solve some of the toughest and most costly problems faced by the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, food and nutrition, and cosmetic industries. The INTACT™ product line includes connectors, environment independent filling lines, and dispensing valves.
Read about KeyPlants’ pre-engineered facility solutions for virus-, recombinant-, viral vector- and mRNA-based vaccines.
KeyPlants’ Head of Sales David Lindholm contributed on this topic as a writer in the latest number of Cleanroom Technology.
Meet KeyPlants at The Virtual American Biomanufacturing Summit, April 27-29
KeyPlants will be sponsoring the Virtual American Biomanufacturing Summit on April 27-29. At the conference, a lunch-and-learn about modular biomanufacturing facilities will be led by Pär Almhem, KeyPlants’ Director of Business Development in North America. David Lindholm, KeyPlants’ Head of Sales will also be attending the conference.
KeyPlants lunch-and-learn session at the conference
Rapid and Cost Effective Deployment of Modular Biomanufacturing Facilities
Discussion about using modular construction to fast and efficiently build new pharma and biotech production capacity. Topics to discuss:
- What is “modular” and “off-site” construction and why should we use it?
- What are the options to use modular – when and how to use them?
- What do end users want from a modular approach and what are their concerns?
For more information about the event, see https://biomanamerica.com/
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