Research and Development in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

By: Tarun Agarwal

Headquartered at Hyderabad, India, Aurobindo Pharma is a vertically integrated pharmaceutical manufacturing company which was founded by a small group of highly committed professionals. The company commenced operations with a single unit manufacturing Semi-Synthetic Penicillin (SSP).

Today, Aurobindo has evolved into a knowledge driven company manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients and formulation products. It is R&D focused and has a multi-product portfolio with manufacturing facilities in several countries. In addition to being the market leader in SSP, it is also present in key therapeutic segments such as neurosciences, antiretrovirals (ARVs), anti-diabetics, cephalosporins and more.

With special focus on major countries as China, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, UK, USA and Russia, Aurobindo has expanded its global network to over 100 countries. In India, the company has three dedicated research centres, making it one of the largest R&D facilities in the country.

The Company's R&D strengths lie in developing intellectual property in the area of non-infringing processes and resolving complex chemistry challenges. In the process, Aurobindo is developing new drug delivery systems, new dosage formulations, applying new technology for better processes.

The R&D Centre in Hyderabad is dedicated to formulation research and covers over 13,000 square metres, providing a nurturing environment to a multi-disciplinary team of over 700 scientists striving for excellence. The Centre meets cGLP requirements, and is focused on the areas of organic synthesis, analytical research, dosage form development, pharmacology, bio-equivalence studies and drug delivery systems.

The state-of-the-art equipments include NMR 300 MHz, LCMS/MS, GCMS, GCs, HPLCs, ion chromatography, laser diffraction particle size analyzer, XRD, FT-Raman spectro-photometer and more.

Aurobindo's R&D centre is manned by 700 scientists who are highly qualified and experienced in chemical research analytical development, safety-health environment, regulatory requirements, engineering and information technology, quality assurance, IPF etc. They provide a comprehensive and complete technical support. Complementing them are 500 qualified and well trained chemists, quality assurance and control personnel.

There is a dedicated kilo lab at the R & D Centre itself. There is a pilot plant that's a plant by itself. All the six manufacturing plants of the Company conform to international standards. As part of the Chemical Development service, the Company offers scale-up of existing processes, preparation of intermediates in milligrams to kilo lots, processes optimization, development and use of purification techniques and alternate process routes.

Aurobindo Pharma is a key player in the pharmaceutical industry thanks to cost effective manufacturing, operational excellence, diversified product portfolio and global leadership in anti-infective products. Furthermore, Aurobindo is also recognized for its global marketing network, customer centric approach and relationship oriented marketing.

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Tarun Agarwal is a blogger with a gold medal in Chemistry. He continues to write about the latest developments in the world of medicine. He also shares his thoughts on the same by applying his knowledge in creating or modifying formulae.

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