2008 Facility of the Year Awards Category Winners
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.KG
Facility of the Year Award Winner in Facility Integration
To accommodate the growing number of development projects and promote the application of new technologies, Boehringer Ingelheim decided to create a new facility on its major R&D site in Biberach in the southern part of Germany. A central goal was to integrate all major functions for pharmaceutical development in one building to promote synergies, optimal communication, and seamless cooperation across the relevant disciplines. Modern and flexible GMP facilities for internationally acceptable manufacture of investigational medicinal products were required to support clinical trials phase I to IV. Planned as a development facility, maximum flexibility was of utmost importance to enable handling of a broad diversity of product types, batch sizes, potencies, and dosage forms. With a growing number of highly potent active compounds emerging from research, suitable areas were necessary for safe handling without compromising flexibility.
The solution of this variety of requirements was the construction of a new building which was commissioned in January 2006. On 9000 m² utilization area the building contains state-of-the-art formulation laboratories, pilot plants for solids and parenterals, GMP facilities, and office areas. Both building layout and the concept for technical support systems allow easy adaptation to future needs and the implementation of new technologies.