May 11, 2011, Shanghai, China: Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, today opened its state-of-the-art Biopharmaceutical Technical and Training Center in Shanghai, China. The 2,500 square meter facility will provide support, training and validation services to Merck Millipore’s biopharmaceutical customers with operations in China.
“We are responding to China’s commitment to strengthen regulatory requirements designed to ensure drug safety,” said Jean-Paul Mangeolle, Head of Merck Millipore’s Process Solutions business. “Our new Biopharmaceutical Technical Center is unique in that we can support and even train our pharmaceutical customers to meet the new Chinese and global regulations. Today we have taken a significant step not only expanding our 30 years of local offerings in China, but also to support the effort to produce safe, quality drugs in this important and fast growing region.”
Mangeolle was joined by a number of officials from the Chinese SFDA at today’s opening ceremonies as well as representatives of Peking University. Both institutions will utilize Merck Millipore’s new Technical Center for training courses specifically created for GMP training and Aseptic process manufacturing.
Merck Millipore’s Shanghai Biopharmaceutical Technical Center is located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park and will support area biopharmaceutical manufacturers. The facility will allow local and regional customers to investigate, explore and optimize their upstream and downstream processes as well as environmental monitoring processes with the support of Merck Millipore’s local, regional and international experts. Merck Millipore operates similar facilities in Singapore, Japan, India, France, North America and Brazil.
About Merck Millipore
Merck Millipore is the Life Science division of Merck KGaA of Germany and offers a broad range of innovative, performance products, services and business relationships that enable our customers’ success in research, development and production of biotech and pharmaceutical drug therapies. Through dedicated collaboration on new scientific and engineering insights, and as one of the top three R&D investors in the Life Science Tools industry, Merck Millipore serves as a strategic partner to customers and helps advance the promise of life science.
Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, the division has around 10,000 employees, operations in 68 countries and 2010 revenues of EUR 1.7 billion. Merck Millipore operates as EMD Millipore in the U.S. and Canada.
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