As a specialist in small molecule drug substances for more than 40 years, Grace's Fine Chemical Manufacturing Services (FCMS) supplies regulatory starting materials (RSMs) and intermediates as well as custom active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). What separates Grace's FCMS from other suppliers is that we are a fully-integrated CDMO that develops and manufactures our products at domestic U.S. facilities.
We have all the technology needed to manufacture, scale-up and supply high-quality RSMs and intermediates from our Tyrone, Pennsylvania and Albany, Oregon facilities. All RSMs and intermediates are efficiently developed and manufactured under a quality management system aligned to meet FDA and ICH requirements.
We offer a very wide range of chemistries serving small molecule APIs, including some special capabilities such as cryogenic reactions. Some of the chemical transformations demanded by today’s complex therapeutic drugs require cGMP manufacturing in cryogenic conditions, which in pharmaceuticals refers to temperatures below –80ºC.
Grace's FCMS has the capability to run processes at cryogenic conditions of –90ºC, which helps to eradicate impurities, handle highly reactive compounds, improve reaction selectivity, mitigate unwanted secondary reactions, limit volatility for greater safety, and prevent ice crystals. Processes that run under these conditions are sensitive; it is experience and know-how that differentiates Grace FCMS and brings value to our customers.
Ultra-low vacuum technology
Grace's FCMS also offers the capability with ultra-low vacuum technology to go to 1mmHg or less on a fractional distillation, enabling the separation of components at lower temperatures and pressure.
The benefit for U.S. companies outsourcing their drug substance program is mitigation of the risks involved in sourcing RSMs overseas, even if their APIs are manufactured domestically. With Grace's FCMS, you can maintain a single domestic project management relationship and supply chain, with visibility all the way from the production of starting materials to the custom API, and seamless, efficient tech transfers between our Tyrone, Albany, and South Haven sites.
Secure supply chain
The trend for some time has been for RSMs and fine chemicals to increasingly be outsourced to other global regions, but with changing perspectives on areas such as supply chain risk and tariffs, companies are rethinking their strategy, and Grace's FCMS provides a very appealing domestic source of supply.