Aldevron selects AES as cleanroom supplier

By Murielle Gonzalez 27-Mar-2018

AES Clean Technology to design modular cleanrooms for new $30 million, 70,000 square-foot GMP plasmid facility in the US

Aldevron has selected AES Clean Technology to design modular cleanrooms for Aldevron's million, 70,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. Photo: Aldevron

Aldevron, a global provider of contract plasmid manufacturing services for the biotechnology industry, has selected AES Clean Technology to design modular cleanrooms for the company’s new $30 million, 70,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Fargo, Norht Dakota (US). Cleanroom construction is underway with target completion date of early summer.

“Aldevron’s new facility is built with the AES modular cleanroom technology that delivers speed, cleanliness, quality and repeatable performance,” said Michael Chambers, Aldevron CEO.

Chambers said the new building will be the world’s largest and most advanced plasmid DNA manufacturing facility. “This project is part of our vision to provide clients with unsurpassed scale and quality. The site delivers on our strategy to maintain leadership in plasmid DNA manufacturing from discovery research through commercial production.”

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, AES Clean Technology specialises in design, manufacturing, and construction of modular cleanroom systems.

“AES is proud to be designing and building the cleanrooms for Aldevron’s new facility,” said Grant Merrill, AES director of project development. “Our unique set of skills, coupled with our ability to deliver fully customised cleanrooms in an extremely rapid timeframe, will allow Aldevron to serve its growing client base with a reliable supply of cGMP products.”

The state-of-the-art facility includes:

  • 70,000 square feet of space with 17,000 square feet of modular cleanrooms for cGMP production
  • Unidirectional personnel flow and airlocks within the cGMP production area
  • Emergency generator backup power for all production and storage areas
  • Integrated facility and environmental monitoring with automated alarms
  • Single-pass air for product dispensing and cell banking suites
  • ISO 8 processing suites with ISO 7 suites for cell banking and fermentation
  • Fully EU-compliant Grade A product dispensing area

Commenting on the project, Henry Hebel, Aldevron COO, said: “Aldevron is pleased to be working with AES, the recognised leader in cleanroom design and construction. Our design includes advanced independent air-handling and modular cleanroom systems to ensure our clients the highest possible quality and compliance."

Chambers said Aldevron's GMP capacity will double in the new facility. He explained: "Our fermentation scale will range from 10 L to 300 L single-use systems, with the ability to expand to 2,000 L under the same roof.”

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Aldevron’s facility will be operational in the summer of 2018, with the company now scheduling work throughout 2018 and 2019.

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