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Emerson to automate Lonza's biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant

September 15, 2009 -- Global biopharmaceutical manufacturer Lonza selected Emerson Process Management to provide manufacturing operations management software to further enhance the strong performance of plant operations at its Portsmouth, New Hampshire facility. Emerson will integrate its new Syncade smart operations management suite to the existing PlantWeb digital architecture to increase efficiency of Lonza’s biopharmaceutical manufacturing and quality assurance functions.

Lonza is the leading contract manufacturer of therapeutic proteins and monoclonal antibodies from mammalian cell culture, the essential ingredients for tomorrow's life-saving medicines. Lonza undertakes highly specialized development and manufacturing services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries based on more than 25 years of experience in mammalian cell culture and proprietary technology for large-scale manufacture of innovative biopharmaceutical products.

The selection of Emerson and Syncade Suite was made by Lonza for its Portsmouth facility based on previous success at Lonza’s facility in Visp, Switzerland, as well as Emerson’s efforts to work with Lonza to develop a detailed understanding of the Portsmouth site requirements for electronic batch records.

Syncade Suite will provide the Portsmouth facility with a manufacturing IT system for the following manufacturing activities:

  • Work in process material tracking
  • Equipment use status management
  • Electronic manufacturing procedure execution
  • Electronic batch record management
  • Quality Assurance review by exception
  • Plant floor integration with ERP.

    With this investment, Lonza will strengthen its place as a leader in quality and efficient manufacturing of biopharmaceutical products. Syncade Suite represents a significant step forward in process manufacturing technology enhancing manufacturing consistency and reducing the overall cost of quality.

    About Lonza
    Lonza is one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. Its products and services span its customers’ needs from research to final product manufacture. Lonza is the global leader in the production and support of active pharmaceutical ingredients both chemically as well as biotechnologically. Biopharmaceuticals are one of the key growth drivers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza has strong capabilities in large and small molecules, peptides, amino acids and niche bioproducts which play an important role in the development of novel medicines and healthcare products. Lonza is a leader in cell-based research, endotoxin detection and cell therapy manufacturing. Lonza is also a leading provider of value chemical and biotech ingredients to the nutrition, hygiene, preservation, agro and personal care markets. Lonza is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. In 2008, Lonza had sales of CHF 2.937 billion.

    About Emerson Process Management
    Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb, Syncade, Fisher, Rosemount, Micro Motion, Daniel, DeltaV, Ovation, and AMS Suite.
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