Sharp and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing join forces

By Murielle Gonzalez | Published: 9-Nov-2018

Companies ink preferred partner agreement to expand sterile fill/finish and complementary clinical trial supply and management services

Sharp Clinical Services (Sharp) has confirmed a preferred partner agreement with Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing (BSM). The partnership between the two US-based companies takes immediate effect.

Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania (US), Sharp provides contract pharmaceutical packaging and advanced clinical supply chain services.

Frank Lis

Frank Lis

As part of the agreement, Sharp will offer sterile fill/finish to augment its existing clinical manufacturing service to the pharmaceutical, biotech and clinical research sectors.

Frank Lis, President at Sharp Clinical, said: “This partnership with BSM is a natural extension to the clinical services we offer our clients and one that will see both parties benefit greatly from each other’s experience and expertise.

“BSM will be able to offer broader clinical trial services to its clients and a more harmonised customer experience, while Sharp will deepen its clinical manufacturing capabilities.”

Massachusetts-based BSM is a fill/finish contract manufacturer incorporating 100% isolator-based sterile filling to its lines for syringes, vials and cartridges for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

The isolator-based filling technology removes the risk of human contamination from the formulation and filling process.

“We are excited to be working with Sharp, a high-quality contract services organisation that can offer our clients downstream packaging, labelling, storage and distribution services in a fully seamless manner," said Shawn Kinney, CEO of BSM.

Shawn Kinney, CEO of BSM

Shawn Kinney, CEO of BSM

Through the partnership, BSM will be able to offer its clients a comprehensive portfolio of complementary clinical trial supply and management services including analytical testing, stability, clinical and commercial packaging, serialisation, IRT services, QP services, storage and distribution.

Sharp currently has dedicated clinical services facilities in Bethlehem Pennsylvania and in Wales, UK, both offering a broad spectrum of clinical services including cold storage, analytical, formulation development and commercial packaging.

Lis continued: “Our clients will benefit enormously from the depth of expertise available to them through the team at BSM. We are very excited to be collaborating closely with such an industry leader in manufacturing and fill/finish and for the future of this relationship.

Sharp is part of UDG Healthcare plc. (formerly United Drug), a Dublin-based international company and partner to the healthcare industry, providing clinical, commercial, communication and packaging services.

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