Bachem has started construction of the world’s most high-tech production building for peptides and oligonucleotides at its location in Bubendorf. The foundation stone was laid on Thursday. According to a press release, the building should expand the production capacities for these complex molecules by 2024 at the latest. These substances are used in medicinal products used to treat various diseases.
In a first phase, up to 150 positions, most of which will be highly skilled, are to be created there. The listed company has invested over 150 million Swiss francs and created 400 new jobs at its two sites in Bubendorf and Vionnaz (in the canton of Valais) over the past five years. The new production building will now strengthen the Bubendorf site’s position as a “leading center of excellence for the manufacture of complex pharmaceutical active ingredients” according to the press release. Additionally, it represents a clear commitment to Switzerland as a location.
Since global demand for these molecules is constantly increasing, Bachem is already looking for a third production site in Switzerland. The land reserves at the Bubendorf site will be exhausted in the medium term.
The company celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. CEO Thomas Meier is delighted that the foundation stone was laid on Swiss National Future Day, which is a day for young people to learn about working in a company. Meier adds: “Our success is founded on our ability to invest into our company efficiently and with foresight, but also on the ability to excite new generations for the impact chemistry and the natural sciences can have.”