Global Top 50
Home | This Week's Contents  |  C&EN ClassifiedsSearch C&EN Online

Millennium Special Report
C&EN 75th Anniversary Issue
Related Story
One-Stop Shop
[C&EN, March 12, 2001]
Related Company
E-mail this article to a friend
Print this article
E-mail the editor
 Table of Contents
 C&EN Classifieds
 News of the Week
 Cover Story
 Editor's Page
 Government & Policy
  Government & Policy
 ACS News
 Digital Briefs
 ACS Comments
 Career & Employment
 Special Reports
 What's That Stuff?
 Pharmaceutical Century

 Hot Articles
 Safety  Letters

 Back Issues

 How to Subscribe
 Subscription Changes
 About C&EN
 Copyright Permission
 E-mail webmaster
September 10, 2001
Volume 79, Number 37
CENEAR 79 37 p. 14
ISSN 0009-2347
[Previous Story] [Next Story]

BASF To Step Up Contract Manufacturing


Having decided, apparently, that late is better than never, BASF intends to become "one of the leading competitors" in the contract manufacture of active ingredients and advanced intermediates for the pharmaceutical industry.

7937basfBASF is already a big supplier to drug makers, selling them some $500 million a year worth of excipients and active ingredients such as ibuprofen and caffeine. However, the company doesn't do much exclusive synthesis; annual sales in this field are less than $20 million, it acknowledges.

Gabriel Tanbourgi, a BASF group vice president, contends that the firm's dual expertise in organic chemistry process development and biotechnology forms a good base for building deeper drug industry partnerships.

Peter Pollak, a Switzerland-based fine chemicals consultant, agrees that BASF is known for quality products, but he says its "family tree" approach to manufacturing is at odds with the ever-changing needs of drug companies. Plus, Pollak notes that it's not a great time to be entering the once-lucrative field. "They are late in the game, and there are already too many players," he says.

[Previous Story] [Next Story]


Chemical & Engineering News
Copyright © 2001 American Chemical Society

Global Top 50
Home | Table of Contents | News of the Week | Cover Story
Business | Government & Policy | Science/Technology
Chemical & Engineering News
Copyright © 2001 American Chemical Society - All Right Reserved
1155 16th Street NW • Washington DC 20036 • (202) 872-4600 • (800) 227-5558

CASChemPortChemCenterPubs Page