By Maik W. Jornitz, President, G-CON Manufacturing
Lately, the pharmaceutical industry has become increasingly interested in flexible facilities. There are many reasons why such facilities are needed, for example, for new drug development, or to accommodate changes in process technologies, such as the implementation of single-use process equipment. The move to personalized medicine also dictates construction of more flexible facilities. But there are also purely economic reasons for shifting from traditional to flexible facility designs, not the least of which is the need to reduce costs.