Almac's North American Headquarters Opens its Doors for AuditsBy Almac Group, PRNE
Sunday, October 3, 2010
SOUDERTON, Pennsylvania, October 4, 2010 - Almac has officially begun hosting customer audits onsite at the new
North American Headquarters. Nine companies have already been given a tour of
the new facility by Business Development staff. Almac has also hosted three
of five "audit open houses" in which multiple customers are free to attend.
The audits have been well received with auditors praising the overall
structure of the building and its ability to efficiently accommodate their
"The tours have gone very well and the feedback has been extremely
positive. Auditors have been most interested in touring the physical space of
facility since it is an entirely new building," said Mark Rohlfing, Director
of Quality. "They have been most impressed with the sheer size of the
facility, in particular the warehouse and cold store spaces which alone
represent a 4 to 5 fold increase in capacity over our existing spaces. Almac
is very proud of its new facility and hopes that clients can appreciate the
added benefits it provides to them."
One main design feature consistently noted by auditors was the overall
building layout. The flow of materials and personnel was a key component in
deciding the specific location of each internal department. The layout makes
for a smoother transition of materials between each location throughout the
supply chain. Equally impressive to guests is the high-level of design on the
primary production floor, most notably the use of clean room panels, flush
mounted windows, and airlocks with air pressure gradients. Many have also
noted that employee workstations are well situated making maximum use of
natural daylight with many affording a view of the surrounding farmland.
Auditing groups have had the chance to sit down with Almac
representatives after the tours to review numerous facility and equipment
qualification documents. They have reviewed SOPs, environmental monitoring
protocols, and plans for relocating operations.
Additional benefits that are offered to clients is the unification of
Almac's Clinical Services and Clinical Technologies units under one roof as
well as introducing its Sciences unit in the United States for the first
time. In terms of a scientific presence, analytical and solid state services
will be provided by Almac via 2,925 square feet of laboratory space located
on the 2nd floor of Building two. The laboratories, located on the same floor
as primary production, will provide analytical services, solid state
services, and a write up area for up to 20 analysts. ICH compliant stability
rooms are available to support the analytical requirements.
Currently, tours are being scheduled for the remainder of 2010 and into
2011. Anyone interested in scheduling a tour is encouraged to reach out to
their local Almac representative or visit the headquarters website at
www.findpharmony.com and clicking on "request a tour".
Notes to Editors
About Almac Group
The Almac Group comprises five closely integrated divisions offering a
broad range of services from R&D, biomarker discovery and development, API
manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply and IXRS
technology (IVRS/IWRS), to commercial-scale manufacture. Almac provides
services to more than 600 companies, including all the world leaders in the
pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
The company employs over 2,800 individuals and is headquartered in
Craigavon, Northern Ireland. US operations are based in Pennsylvania, North
Carolina and California. Almac has officially gained full possession of its
new $120m North American Headquarters, which started in July 2008, and
employees will relocate during the fall.
For more information about the Almac Group, please visit
www.almacgroup.com or email email@example.com.
Jennifer Melroy, Marketing Specialists, Almac, T: +1-215-660-8500, E: jennifer.melroy at almacgroup.com; Tristan Jervis, Account Director, De Facto Communications
T: +44(0)207-861-3838, E: t.jervis at defacto.com
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