Mar. 2, 2015

A Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company plans to open a manufacturing facility in Blue Ash, Ohio that will use its powder–liquid 3D printing technology. The new production hub expects to bring 150 new jobs to Blue Ash.

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Co develops and manufactures quick-dispersing pharmaceutical products on a commercial scale using 3D printing. Its ZipDose Technology is a unique delivery platform that combines the precise, convenient dosing of tablets with the swallowing ease of liquids in a single, quick-dispersing form.

In December 2014, FDA accepted the company's first new drug application using the ZipDose technology. Aprecia has the rights to more than 50 patents related to pharmaceutical applications of 3D printing. The 3D printing process stitches together multiple layers of powdered medication using an aqueous fluid to produce a porous, water-soluble matrix that rapidly disperses with a sip of water.

Aprecia's manufacturing operation is currently in East Windsor, New Jersey.

"Having evaluated a number of options for reaching our long-term commercial manufacturing goals, Aprecia believes that the state of the art facility in Blue Ash, Ohio, is particularly well suited to showcase our proprietary 3D printing technology platform," said Don Wetherhold, Aprecia's Chief Executive Officer. "The facility has ample space to accommodate our proprietary manufacturing machines and equipment assemblies in the capacity necessary to achieve our projected commercial production volumes well into the future."

Aprecia plans to invest $25 million in the 190,000-square-foot facility at 10901 Kenwood Road where its pharmaceutical manufacturing will occur. The building sits on 16.5 acres at the corner of Kenwood Road and Osborne Boulevard.

Aprecia is expected to move into the building in the next few months. Aprecia is required to operations at the project location for at least 11 years.



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