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COVER STORY

COUNTING ON GROWTH

Pharmaceutical co-packer sets sights on rapid future growth with proactive capital investment to boost its throughput capacity BY GEORGE GUIDONI, EDITOR PHOTOS BY PIERRE LONGTIN

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ontrary to popular belief, the global pharmaceutical industry is not immune to the ups and downs of economic cycles and recessionary downturns, with its heavy emphasis on research-and-development often stretching financial resources of many of the Big Pharma’s leading global lights. With an average drug development process taking 10 to 15 years and about a billion dollars or more before commercialization, vigilant cost containment is a necessary requirement for today’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies—especially in light of intense pricing pressures brought about by fierce competition from generic drug-makers in recent years. To save costs wherever they can, many leading pharma producers—as well as their generic competitors—are increasingly outsourcing their manufacturing and packaging functions to companies like the Montreal-based Fillab Inc.

CORE VALUES Operating out of a 20,000-square-foot production and storage facility in Montreal, the privatelyowned company has been enabling many of its customers in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical businesses to succeed with superior third-party manufacturing and co-packing services that let its clients concentrate on their core business of new product development. “Our production output has doubled in the past five years, and we are aiming to double it again in the next two to three years,” says Fillab’s director of operations Jean-François Paquin, explaining that the company, founded in 1988, had strategicThe Fillab facility produces a highly diverse range of different pharmaceutical packaging formats, from blisterpacks to liquid ampoules and sample-pack sachets.

Operations director Jean-Francois Paquin (left) and quality assurance and control director Adriana Malizia pose in front of the new Street Fighter tablet counting machine purchased by Fillab from Capmatic as part of a new turnkey bottling line installation at the company’s Montreal facility.

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