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Janssen Sciences Ireland was honored for its project execution of a large-scale expansion of biologics drug substance fed-batch capacity.
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced the 2021 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) Overall Winner on Nov. 2, 2021 at its annual meeting. The overall FOYA winner was chosen from the FOYA category winners, previously announced in April 2021. The overall award went to Janssen Sciences Ireland for its BioCork2–Large Scale Fed Batch Facility in Ringaskiddy, Ireland, which had received the Project Execution Category FOYA Category award.
The Janssen project added biologics drug substance fed-batch capacity at the 15,000-L scale. The facility was designed with Project Management Group (PMG) and constructed with John Sisk & Sons as builder. The team focused on safety and compliance in constructing the 200,000-ft2 facility on time and within budget, even with the added challenges of pandemic restrictions. The team worked together to meet goals, which included an integrated approach with the existing manufacturing site to ensure no disruption to existing production. Construction of the facility was started in October 2017, and qualification began in September 2020.