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- 04/18/2023


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Milan, Italy – Dipharma Francis S.r.l. (Dipharma), a global CDMO and leading manufacturer of New Chemical Entities (NCE), Generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and advanced Intermediates, is pleased to announce the completion of the expansion of its Research and Development Center for small molecules at its Headquarters located in Baranzate, close to Milan, in the North of Italy.


The new space, which increases the Italian laboratory space dedicated to analytical R&D activities by over 130%, will strengthen Dipharma’s analytical capabilities and techniques and will broaden expertise for the development of new organic synthesis methods and technology to target and offer a wider range of new APIs and advanced intermediates.


It is designed and equipped according to the latest quality and safety standards, with state-of-the-art instrumentation, including a brand new 500 MHz NMR, and is managed through cloud-based integrated data systems.


The new area further expands Dipharma’s R&D network, which is composed of the advanced R&D hubs in Italy (Baranzate) and in US (Kalamazoo, MI), and of the R&D laboratories located at each facility. They support fast and robust product scale-ups and tech transfers between sites.


Dipharma’s R&D expertise includes, in addition to analytical method development services, also synthesis, isolation and characterisation of impurities, expertise in solid-state studies and pre-formulation, elemental impurities and potentially genotoxic impurities, including nitrosamines, risk assessment and detection, toxicological assessment and commercialization services. The R&D team is supported by an internal Intellectual Property department, with extensive experience in patent evaluation, NIS services and patent litigation.


This expansion boosts Dipharma’s R&D services and is part of an investment strategy aimed to increase our capabilities and skills, so to better support our valued custom synthesis and generic API customers with innovative and more efficient solutions in all phases of API development and manufacturing,” said Jorge Nogueira, Chief Executive Officer of Dipharma Francis S.r.l.Our R&D team has grown strongly in the last years, both in Italy and in the US, and the employees at the Italian R&D have increased by more than 40% since 2020 and the team will continue to grow in the future. The new space will provide a state-of-the-art working environment to meet the most stringent requirements from our customers”.


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