September 22, 2014 3:56 PM ET


Company Overview of Aesica Pharmaceuticals Limited

Company Overview

Aesica Pharmaceuticals Limited is a contract developer and manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. Its products and services comprise active pharmaceutical ingredients; quality services that range from QP release, EU/EEA importation, and complaint management to qualification and validation; formulation development, analytics, and GMP services for various dosage forms that include tablets, capsules, liquids, suspensions, creams, ointments, and inhaled pharmaceuticals; and formulated products manufacturing, including wet granulation, tablet production, encapsulation, liquid manufacturing, temperature critical products, and blister and bottle packing. The company serves biotech, pharmaceutical, and li...

Q5, Quorum Business Park

Benton Lane

Newcastle upon Tyne,  NE12 8BS

United Kingdom

Founded in 2004


44 19 1218 1960


44 19 1266 9447

Key Executives for Aesica Pharmaceuticals Limited

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Head of Quality - Cramlington Facility
Commercial Managing Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Aesica Pharmaceuticals Limited Key Developments

Aesica Introduces 3P’s Fill2Weight Dispensing System

Aesica has introduced 3P’s Fill2Weight dispensing system – suitable for all powder formulations including spray dried and lyophilised powders – to its Nottingham site, enabling increased flexibility and reduced time in ‘first in human’ clinical studies. The Fill2Weight system is widely acknowledged as the most flexible micro dosing system available to the market, with the technology able to dose a wide range of powders and can quickly be scaled up from clinical to commercial production. Aesica will be offering the system to customers as a tool that enables the direct filling of APIs in to capsules, syringes or bottles, eliminating the time and cost associated with developing a blended formulation. Developed to fill a target weight, rather than dispensing fixed volume, Fill2Weight dynamically measures and records the dispensed weight of all doses, allowing for compensation in powder property changes without the need for intervention or re-calibration. The flexibility offered by the platform means that the micro dosing system can be used across capsules, vials, blisters, injectables or inhalers and weighting resolutions as low as 10 µg (10x lower than the competitor). Consequently, Fill2Weight is usable with potent compounds. With the increased drive from clients and regulatory bodies for Quality by Design (QbD), the micro dosing system’s flexibility and repeatability ensures that experiments can be designed from laboratory scale right through to commercial supply, due to the platform’s modular design. Moreover, multi-track production settings limit process changes in the final stages of product development and provide tighter regulation of process controls. Quality is enhanced with reduced weight variability, lower rejection levels and 100% weight recording, meaning the system is suitable for real-time release, monitoring and recording. The system is configurable for doses between 2.5mg-500mg, with a dosing accuracy of <3% RSD and cycle feed times of less than two seconds. The 3P Fill2Weight can be fully sterilised which allows it to be used to aseptically fill re-constitutable powders in to bottles or syringes. This delivers a cost-effective, truly scalable alternative to ‘in-vial’ lyophilisation.

Aesica Announces £30 Million Expansion at Queenborough Manufacturing Site

Aesica announced the creation of a new high capacity manufacturing facility following a £30 million investment at its Queenborough, Kent site. The 10,000 sq. m expansion has been constructed for the production of dose medication used in treating one of the most common lifestyle diseases: Type 2 diabetes in adults. The commercial production at the facility will commence in November. This development will approximately double the site’s solid dose manufacturing capacity and represents a major investment in highly technical and specialist equipment. The facility will have a dedicated workforce of 55 technicians with the design of the facility allowing the current capacity to be more than doubled in the future, which would require a further additional 50 staff to be recruited.

Aesica Mulls Acquisitions

Aesica Pharmaceuticals Limited is seeking acquisition opportunities. Aesica is poised for significant expansion through a growth plan which entails establishing further presence overseas, further acquisitions and the £30m investment in a new manufacturing unit. “The company is now looking to the United States and India, as well as exploring merger options with other large companies that fit within the firm's strategy, boost relationships with powerhouse pharmaceuticals and bring new technology and capabilities”, Robert Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of Aesica, said. "We still don't have a presence in the US and a large percentage of sales go to the US - in fact only a small part stay in the UK and 95% is exported globally - so we are looking to acquire a development centre and also manufacturing assets. We have been looking for around three years and a deal actually fell through 18 months ago, but our target is to have a presence there by the end of the year”, he added. “One thing I would see changing in the future is how we make acquisitions. As the industry consolidates I see that we won't just be buying sites, but buying larger companies - merging with bigger firms to help further growth”, Robert Hardy said.

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