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- 03/18/2024


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In CDMO services, Indena acts as a strategic partner, going beyond the mere
client/supplier relationship, with full commitment to developing new HPAPIs and APIs, from early clinical
stages to commercial-scale manufacturing.

With this mindset, Indena approaches DCAT 2024, where the CDMO team from the Italian company is ready
to meet pharma and biotech enterprises offering a full range of reliable and innovative custom services.
Leveraging on its analytical, development and manufacturing capabilities, Indena positions its services in a
high added value segment, producing complex molecules requiring both leading technologies and significant
expertise in R&D, analytics and industrialization, encompassing high containment handling and production
of HPAPIs from early stage to commercialization.

“Indena’s positioning is to offer its customers the possibility of carrying out synthetic processes in a wide
range of conditions, both for naturally derived molecules (from botanical sources or from microbial
fermentation) requiring semisynthetic steps and for total-synthetic molecules – explains Bernard Vianes,
Global CDMO Director at Indena -. As a highly reliable Western European API producer, Indena displays
a key uniqueness on Highly Potent APIs down to 1 ng/m3 OEL, irrespective of their source, for which the
company is highly skilled and well equipped. This expertise includes payloads for ADCs, with a backward
integration on fermentation for toxins requiring this step and freeze-drying ability in high containment”.
The increasing number of oncology NCEs and antibody-drug conjugates under development, coupled with a
growing focus on personalized medicine, is shaping the demand for CDMO services. The HPAPI market is
undergoing a shift toward NCEs characterized by higher potency, growing molecular diversity and
segmentation for specific populations.

As shown by its long story and expertise, and unlike newcomers in the field, Indena can count on extensive
know-how in safely handling HPAPIs, complemented by state-of-the-art equipment and installations.
Within its long-term strategy, Indena has kept ahead of the curve by timely investment in specialized
containment facilities that guarantee that both employees and the external environment are safe from
exposure, capitalizing on more than 30 years of know-how in high containment.
Nowadays Indena manufactures 12 commercial HPAPIs: fully synthetic, semi-synthetic and fermentation
molecules. This is now one of the company’s core areas of expertise. Each substance within Indena is
assigned an Occupational Exposure Level and allocated to the proper production line according to the
required handling and containment rules. At the Settala facility, Indena can handle HPAPIs with an OEL from
1 mcg/m3 to 1 ng/m3.

Moreover, Indena has a fermentation department for carrying out living cells-based bio-transformation or
secondary metabolite production, which can be exploited for the in-house production of toxins used in ADCs
payload, guaranteeing an integrated and independent supply chain. Indena masters GMP microbial
fermentation and bio-transformation, and thanks to the availability of high containment lines for the
downstream phase, it is the ideal partner for fermentation HPAPI development.

Climate change is one of the most urgent sustainability challenges that people, governments and companies
have to face, and this involves a responsible use of energy. Indena has always been oriented and committed
to reducing fossil fuel consumption and use, saving energy and achieving high levels of energy selfproduction.
This commitment is mainly achieved thanks to the company’s plant management, starting with
its most important plant, located at Settala near Milan in Italy, where Indena’s CDMO activities are conducted.

Another important action for sustainability is the use of renewable energy, and Indena is equipping all its
European sites with state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels. Moreover, all of the Indena’s European factories are ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management
system certified.

All the actions taken in favor of sustainability also enable Indena to be fully reliable in terms of business
continuity, and therefore to be a reliable partner for all its clients.