US - The research driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim will expand its global animal health vaccines business. With the completion of a series of major investments at the US site in St. Joseph, Missouri, the company will further enhance its position in the development and supply of vaccines against the most important diseases of pigs.
With a remarkable investment programme from 2009 to 2011 at the site in St. Joseph, Boehringer Ingelheim expanded its capacity for producing viral and bacterial vaccines by 50 percent. With this step Boehringer Ingelheim responds to increasing customer’s demand for highly efficacious and safe products.
A new cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) facility, which was opened in May 2011 at Boehringer Ingelheim’s US production site in St. Joseph is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to meet the globally highest regulatory standards.
The additional production capacity especially involves the vaccines Ingelvac CircoFLEX® and Ingelvac MycoFLEX®, both of which continue to experience fast-growing worldwide sales. Ingelvac CircoFLEX® is established globally as customers’ number one choice for PCV2 (Porcine circovirus type 2) vaccination while Ingelvac MycoFLEX® has gained market leadership in vaccines against the respiratory pathogen Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.
Ingelvac MycoFLEX® has been launched in January 2012 in Japan and in 2011 became the market leader in several other countries, including USA, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico and South Korea.
Both products are part of a hugely popular FLEXcombo® concept of mixable stand-alone vaccine. A single injection protects the pigs against two of the most prominent and costly pig diseases instead of needing to inject the animals up to four times with other products to achieve similar protection.