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May 21, 2008

Rentschler and Boehringer Ingelheim Offer Combined Production Services

  • Rentschler Biotechnologie and Boehringer Ingelheim inked a preferred partnership agreement that allows their respective clients to use the other’s facilities. Rentschler’s clients will have access to Boehringer Ingelheim’s large-scale mammalian biopharmaceutical production plants in Biberach, Germany. Also, Boehringer Ingelheim’s clients will be able to use Rentschler’s facilities for process development and intermediate-scale clinical supply production.

    The firms believe that companies will benefit from the combined development and manufacturing know-how and facilities, leading to increased flexibility and ultimately more customized services.

    Rentschler Biotechnologie is a CMO focused on process development and small-to-medium scale production of mammalian cell-derived biopharmaceuticals. The company currently operates eight independent GMP lines with fermentor volumes of up to 500 L. A 2,500 L fermentor was recently qualified as well, according to the firm.

    Boehringer Ingelheim offers similar services with technologies optimized for large-scale industrial production. The company runs one of the largest biotech facilities with fermenter volumes of up to 15,000 L.

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MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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