Eli Lilly’s diabetes drug Mounjaro now seems to be available once more.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the pharma giant now has doses available and is shipping them “on an ongoing basis.” However, Bloomberg’s report does state that Eli Lilly is warning that due to demand, some pharmacies may still experience shipping delays.

According to the FDA’s database on drug shortages, all dosage forms of Mounjaro are presently listed as being available. The FDA stated on its database that the reason for the shortage was the demand.

Toward the end of last year, the US regulator had listed tirzepatide injections as being in shortage. A report from SVB securities last year also stated that Lilly plans to double its manufacturing capacity for the drug.

Merck sells campus in New Jersey

Merck is selling one of its old locations in the Garden State.

The pharma announced that it reached an agreement with Onyx Equities, LLC to sell its 108-acre campus in Kenilworth, NJ. Merck plans to vacate the property over the next several years while its new headquarters down in Rahway will be finishing an expansion. However, no details have been given on what the site will be.

According to Merck’s website, the facility is one of Merck’s main R&D centers.

“We believe Onyx Equities, LLC will foster long-term value, economic growth and sustainability within the community. We look forward to collaborating with Onyx Equities, LLC and their team members on a smooth transition,” said Shefali Shah, the global real estate lead at Merck, in a release.

Dipharma caps off the second phase of its Michigan expansion

The Italian CDMO Dipharma has finished the second phase of expansion at its facility in Kalamazoo, MI.

The expansion will add more manufacturing space along with a quality control lab and warehouse space.

In an email to Endpoints News, Dipharma CEO Brian Eklov said the expansion is part of a recent investment to enlarge Dipharma’s offerings in Kalamazoo and “increase proximity” to its customers in the US.

Dipharma first entered the US market in 2012 and acquired a Kalamazoo-based CRO, Kalexsyn, in 2018. Eklov also detailed to Endpoints that the second phase added 2000 square feet and that the total capital investment into the Kalamazoo site is north of $6 million for all expansion projects.

PackGene Biotech breaks ground on an expansion in Houston 

PackGene, a contract research and manufacturing company in the AAV vector business, has broken ground on a new biomanufacturing facility in Houston. (click here to see more)

The 25,000-square-foot facility will be located outside of downtown Houston and will include laboratories, manufacturing space, a warehouse and offices. The expansion is planned to be finished by the end of the year and will have around 60 employees. The cost of the facility was not immediately available.

“These capabilities will enable us to serve our U.S. customers better and, importantly, to help bring life-saving therapies to patients faster, more reliably, and more cost-effectively. With this, we are making great strides in advancing our mission of ‘making gene therapy affordable,'” said PackGene CTO LiYing Yang in a release.

For more information about PackGene’s newest facility, contact LiYing Yang at liying.yang@packgene.com. For information about job opportunities at PackGene, visit the company’s careers page at https://www.packgene.com/about-us/careers/.

Dalton Pharma Services is expanding its sterile manufacturing capacity

Canadian contract manufacturer Dalton Pharma Services is planning to expand its sterile filling and pharma manufacturing space.

In a release, the company said it is boosting its capacity with a new manufacturing line to fill vials, syringes and cartridges. The expansion will allow for more manufacturing room along with the ability to produce more active pharmaceutical ingredients and more storage space. However, the cost of the expansion was not disclosed

“This major investment in the expansion of our sterile manufacturing capabilities enables us to meet the needs of our customers as their critical products advance to commercialization. It also represents a leap forward in both scale and technology for us, placing Dalton at the leading edge of sterile manufacturing capabilities,” said Peter Pekos, CEO of Dalton Pharma Services in a release.

GenScript ProBio partners with RVAC Medicines for plasmid DNA manufacturing

CDMO GenScript ProBio will be producing plasmid DNA for the biotech RVAC Medicines, and its Covid-19 vaccine candidate dubbed RVM-V001.

The release stated that the partnership extends to other therapeutics in its pipeline, including an RSV and CDI candidate. The CDMO will also offer consultation services surrounding quality and regulatory issues.

However, the financial details or the amount of plasmid that GenScript is manufacturing was not disclosed.

“This collaboration will enable us to utilize our cutting-edge GMP plasmid manufacturing platform technology to support the development of mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine and its therapeutic candidates,” said GenScript CEO Brian Min, in a release.

Alcami brings on a new president for its lab operations

The North Carolina-based CDMO Alcami has named Katie Schlipp as president of its laboratory operations.

According to the release, Schlipp has over 25 years of experience heading up lab teams. She started with AAIPharma, which is now Alcami, as an assistant scientist at its location in Wilmington, NC, and has risen through the ranks since then.

As president, she will be heading up Alcami’s lab network which is spread across four locations.

“Katie’s proven track record of leading client-focused laboratory operations makes her the ideal choice to lead Alcami’s next phase of laboratory operations growth and expansion,” said Alcami CEO Patrick Walsh, in a release.

From Endpoint News: https://endpts.com/manufacturing-roundup-eli-lillys-mounjaro-is-moving-past-a-shortage-report-merck-sells-new-jersey-facility/