March 2012 -- UK-based sterile filling specialist SCM Pharma has topped off a record year by winning a prestigious prize at the UK’s biggest regional business awards.
The contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), which has almost doubled in size over the last 12 months, fought off stiff competition to be named as the winner of the Science & Technology Award at the North East Business Award for the Northumberland and Tyneside region.
Along with its exceptional growth that has seen the business add over 30 new jobs in the last year, the company was also commended for its commitment to innovation relating to its aseptic processing and filling capabilities.
Dianne Sharp, managing director at SCM Pharma, said: "This is without doubt the most significant award we have won to date and is a reflection on the commitment of every single member of the team across the business in helping us become one of the leading sterile contract manufacturers in the world.
“Given we are proud ambassadors for the science and technology industry in the UK, it feels extra special to win in this category. This tops off a superb year for SCM Pharma and long may the success and growth continue.”
This latest piece of silverware closely follows two award wins by SCM Pharma at the back end of last year. Dianne Sharp won the Best Woman in International Business at the WIN North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and this was followed by SCM Pharma being named as the winner of the Outstanding Growth Award at the Cels Business for Life Awards.
The CDMO recently invested over £500k in new vial filling equipment at its manufacturing facility to help deal with several contract wins for clinical trials and the supply of licensed drugs needed in niche markets.
This followed the launch of its own in-house formulation development capability last year after acquiring new facilities to provide developmental services for liquid formulations including emulsions and suspensions for parenteral, oral and topical administration.
SCM Pharma differs from many contract manufacturers with its ability to provide cGMP sterile services for C-14 radiolabeling and potent products such as cytotoxics. It delivers aseptic processing and sterile manufacturing services and has specific expertise in ampoule filling and syringe filling of liquids, gels and powders.
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