2008 Facility of the Year Awards Category Winners

Pfizer's presentation at the ISPE Engineering Regulatory Compliance Conference


Facility of the Year Award Winner in Process Innovation, and 2008 Overall Winner

Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH at Illertissen, Germany is a strategic site in the Pfizer Global Manufacturing network. The site is focused on OSD Forms and is a center of excellence in containment manufacturing.

Rapidly growing demands for the recently launched product Chantix and future capacity for highly potent compounds led to the decision of Pfizer Global Manufacturing to expand the existing capacity at Illertissen, Germany.

Project "NEWCON" combined all existing Site expertise and led to a novel concept in high containment manufacturing operations with the highest degree of integrated automation. All unit operations are located within a single containment module, supported by automation systems without any manual handling. The single containment module ("cell concept layout") enabled attention to be focused on sequence and flow. All equipment within the cell has been fitted with suitable barrier technology such as isolators and split valve technology. Related process control is located in an adjacent room with connection to all automation systems and levels that support processes like MES and laser guided transport vehicles. As a consequence, no operator attendance is required inside the containment suite and no Personnel Protection Equipment is required upon routine operations.

The 7800 m² size facility became operational within a period of 25 months since start of construction.

Engineering Design Firm: PharmaConsult Inc., Heidelberg, Germany

Construction Manager: H. Saegmueller, Pfizer, Illertissen, Germany

Manufacturing Facility Build: Koppenhoefer Inc., Stuttgart-Moehringen, Germany; Jetter Inc. (Utilities), Gersthofen, Germany