3M invests US$146mn in biopharma filtration

3M is investing US$146 million to expand its capabilities in biopharma filtration technology.

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The investment will include facility and equipment improvements and the addition of 60 full-time positions in 3M manufacturing facilities in Europe.

3M’s investment will accelerate the company’s development and delivery of filtration equipment designed for bioprocessing, biological and small molecule pharmaceutical manufacturing applications, which will enable biotech customers to continue to innovate therapies used for the treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and certain cancers.

Filtration and purification are essential in manufacturing biopharmaceutical drugs. The process uses a unique filter material that captures impurities while allowing the necessary drug substances to pass through.

"Our investment further demonstrates 3M's continued market leadership and ongoing commitment to customer-centric innovation in health care," said Robert Befidi, president of 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division. "Our technologies improve the lives of people all over the world, and we are helping biotech customers do more, faster, to advance their specialized medicines."

3M offers a portfolio of depth filters for cell culture clarification in the biopharmaceutical industry, including Zeta Plus depth filtration technology, in cartridge systems and sheets.