The market giant in particle engineering: Hovione has released a public statement that they would be joining forces with Zerion Pharmaceuticals to promote and sell Zerion’s technology product, Dispersome®.
The technology behind Dispersome® uses new and innovative principles to enhance the solubility of drugs. In addition to the use of protein-based bulking agents, Hovione’s spray drying technology is employed to convert Active Pharmaceutical Agents (APIs) into Amorphous Solid Dispersions (ASDs).
Dispersome® has provided Hovione with an opportunity to showcase its spray-drying technology, knowledge of development, expansion, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) production. In this way, Hovione further establishes itself as a leader in ASDs and expresses its devotion to exploring innovative solutions for the problem of low-drug solubility.
The COO of Hovione Jean-Luc Herbeaux said that he was thrilled to have joined forces with Zerion, whom he considers a very innovative pharmaceutical company. Through this partnership, Zerion and Hovione will sell and promote Dispersome® faster. They anticipate a healthy partnership with their customers as they formulate innovative drugs for the benefit of patients.
He further added that Hovione would carry on in its pursuit of opportunities where it could offer its expertise, like particle engineering and inhalation. Hovione plans to collaborate with research facilities to develop novel drug formulation technologies, like Dispersome®.
Hovione is a multinational company with 60 years of work as a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO). The firm has set up working facilities in the U.S, Portugal, Ireland, and China. Hovione was the first Chemical/ Pharmaceutical Company to become a Certified B Corp, is a member of Rx-360, EFCG, and specializes in inhalation, particle engineering, and ASDs.
The CEO of Zerion, Ole Wiborg, is hopeful this partnership will inspire many such collaborations in the future. He commented that he believes Hovione to be the expert in manufacturing amorphous solid dispersions by spray-drying. This expertise has allowed Hovione to become the leading commercial producer of new FDA-approved drugs as amorphous solid dispersions.
Ole Wiborg stated, “Incorporating these competencies in our offering to the pharma industry both validates the strength of our Dispersome® platform and provides us and our pharma partners immediate access to the highest quality in upscaling and commercial GMP manufacturing.”
Zerion was founded in 2019 as an extension of the University of Copenhagen. It has developed the technology platform Dispersome® which is based on adding large quantities of beta-lactoglobulin to amorphous formulations of drugs, thereby increasing their solubility
Hovione announced that they would be diversifying and investing $170 million in assets all over the world. Hovione is striving to meet the customer demand for integrated and technical services in pharmaceuticals and particle engineering.