Foster Delivery Science is investing $8 million in a new plant in Putnam, Conn., for production of medical polymer blends, as well as rods, film or fiber based on those materials.
The 32,000-square-foot plant is set to open in May 2015, creating almost a dozen new jobs. It will include blending and extrusion equipment, in addition to a 1,200-square-foot clean room, officials with Putnam-based Foster said in a Sept. 17 news release. The plant will be registered with the Food & Drug Administration for processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
“Our success in formulation development, process development and manufacturing of custom drug/polymer blends has exceeded our expectations and currently available space,” managing director Tony Listro said in the release.
Materials made at the plant — including those based on PLA, PEEK, thermoplastic polyurethanes and other resins — are used to improve bio-availability and release rates of oral-dose pharmaceuticals, as well as local delivery of APIs in implantable devices. Foster already operates plants in Putnam and Las Vegas, running a total of 11 twin-screw extruders and selling its products to pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers.