ALK-Abello will back the new production line for tablet-based allergy products.

Catalent Pharma Solutions and ALK-Abello are collaborating to increase Zydis® oral dissolving tablet production capacity dedicated to ALK-Abello’s immunotherapy products.

ALK-Abello will fund a new production line for current and future tablet-based allergy products, which will be located at Catalent’s Swindon, U.K. facility. The companies expect to begin production on the new line in 2010.

ALK-Abello launched Grazax®, a tablet-based vaccine against grass pollen allergy, using Catalent’s Zydis oral dissolving tablet technology. Catalent is already producing the Zydis formulation of Grazax in the Swindon facility.

“We are pleased to have reached this next important step in our relationship with ALK-Abello, which began more than four years ago,” comments Thomas Stuart, group president of Oral Technologies for Catalent. “The clinical success of Grazax demonstrates that protein-based products such as allergens can be taken orally by patients rather than via injection, and we believe Zydis provides unique advantages to deliver these and other types of novel compounds.”

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