API & Drug Product Commercial Manufacturing

Interdisciplinary interaction is at the heart of our integrated drug development model. Our API, Drug Product, Solid State Chemistry, Material Sciences, Analytical Development, Quality Control, Regulatory and Quality Assurance experts are all at the table when critical development decisions are taken. We and our clients know this is the right approach for tomorrow’s challenges. The same integrated thinking and coordination continues at commercial manufacturing stage.

Our combined high-end capabilities, certified facilities and more than 830 scientists deliver excellence for new chemical entities and cell therapy development from four sites: Abingdon (UK), Verona, Modena (Italy), and Halle (Germany).

Our solutions are customized to meet clients’ requirements with drug development approaches guided by QbD expertise, at any stage of development and both at API and drug product levels.

API Commercial Manufacturing Capabilities

Evotec’s commercial production capabilities consist of registered multi-purpose manufacturing facilities in Abingdon (UK) & Halle (Germany).

Our facilities are designed and perfectly adapted to provide reliable and high quality commercial production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, they are all ISO 14001 certified and licensed to handle Controlled Substances.

About the Abingdon Site (UK)

Our site in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, is fully registered with MHRA as a “Manufacturer and Distributor of Active Substances to be used as Starting Materials in Medicinal Products for Human Use”.

In 2010 we performed and successfully completed an extensive FMEA study to establish true risks of cross contamination whilst in multi-purpose production mode.

We also worked extensively with MHRA who have provided certification for full multi-purpose manufacturing with high potent materials.

About the Halle Site (Germany)

The Halle site is fully registered with BfArM as “Active Substance Manufacturer”.

The campus was founded in the 1960´s as part of the Asta Medica Group (Degussa AG) and supports partners with API CMO activities as well as a wide range of exclusive pharmaceutical intermediates, building blocks and starting materials.

At Halle we can handle a broad range of chemical reactions using reactors from 100 l to 4.5 m³ the majority of which is glass-lined and Hastelloy. We operate at temperatures between -80°C to 260°C and pressure rates from fine vacuum to 10 bars. We scale up intermediates from laboratory to pilot plant to commercial production making use of one experienced team. The same technical project leaders are involved in every single process step.

API can be manufactured from gram to kg during development and commercial production.


The facility is set up with various clean rooms to manufacture API’s from gram to kg including a purified water system and a GMP warehouse and GMP analytical labs. This will guarantee short timelines for API manufacture.

The site recently received the Ecovadis Silver Medal for corporate social responsibility.

About the Verona Site (Italy)

At our site in Verona we have a kilolab / hydrogenation unit and a pilot plant, both approved by AIFA (the Italian Medicines Agency).

kilolab/hydrogenation unit cGMP production capabilities: 

  • capacity up to 5 kg batches
  • Six reactor modules:
    • 50 L Hastelloy reactor
    • From 5 to 20 litres mobile glass Jacketed Lab Reactors
  • Temperature capabilities from -80 °C to +150 °C
  • Pan filters, tray dryers and Hastelloy filter-dryer
  • Hydrogenation capabilities (up to 20 L scale):
    • Temperature capabilities from -20 °C to +220 °C
    • Pressure range: up to 40 Bars

Pilot plant cGMP production capabilities:

  • Capacity – up to 50 kg batches
  • 5 Vessel Streams
  • Up to 100 L glass-lined reactors
  • Up to 400 L Hastelloy reactors
  • Hydrogenation capabilities (up to 20 L scale)
  • Temperature capabilities from -80 °C to +140 °C
  • Pan filters, tray dryers and Hastelloy filter-dryers
  • Purified Water system
  • Containment to 1 µg/m3
  • Operates 16/5

About the Cell Therapy Factory in Modena (Italy)

Our cell factory in Modena can perform all production steps of ATMP manufacturing, from development to production, cold temperature storage and quality control. Various steps take place in dedicated zones within the facility, in compliance with the highest GMP requirements based on regulatory agency approval.

The GMP manufacturing facility is designed with clean classified areas from grade A to D, surrounded by unclassified technical areas. It is composed of:

  • The cell factory: equipped with 5 sterile cleanroom/manufacturing suites, suitable for aseptic manipulation of sterile medicinal products (Grade A/B cleanroom) according to EU and US cGMP rules
  • A class cGMP warehouse with ambient and +4°/-20°C storage, with a dedicated airlocks and a Grade D transfer material zone
  • Cryogenic space: for qualified controlled storage at -80°C to -196°C with vapor phase liquid nitrogen under 24-h monitoring system and back-up power
  • A QC laboratory: equipped to perform microbiologic tests to monitor the classified rooms and to execute quality and safety controls on intermediate and final products
  • A R&D laboratory: for pre-GMP manufacturing development and product optimization
  • Control room: enabling monitoring of all the critical parameters via SCADA

Rooms 1 and 2: cell factory and GMP warehouse are cleanroom spaces of 450m2


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Drug Product Commercial Manufacturing Capabilities

Our drug product commercial production facility in Verona (Italy), is approved by the Italian authorities (AIFA). Our facility stands ready to embark on the manufacture of commercial batches of a diverse range of pharmaceutical dosage forms, including granules, plain tablets, coated tablets and hard capsules. Validation campaigns comprising three demonstration batches for various dosage forms were successfully completed and data provided to AIFA to support the authorization requests. 

The facility is fitted with equipment trains suitable for production of granules by wet granulation, employing either high shear or fluid bed technologies. Granules (as intermediates or bulk finished products) seamlessly integrate into downstream processes such as tableting or hard capsule filling. The facility also offers a perforated pan coater, enabling precise tablet coating.

Our Verona facility fits perfectly for smaller batch sizes often associated with niche/orphan drug products. This facility is ideally positioned for registration campaigns for large commercial volume products. Top-level quality combined with flexibility deriving from a long-established experience with development projects allows an optimal balance between project speed and collection of data for successful approvals of registration packages. 

While no commercial products are currently produced, our facility presents an interesting opportunity for a seamless transition of your development project, applying the knowledge built during the pharmaceutical development to the realization of robust commercial products.

One of our distinctive strengths lies in the potential to seamlessly integrate drug product and API manufacturing, both thriving "under the same roof" in our Verona site. This convergence streamlines processes, minimizing the risk of technical problems and unwelcome delays.

As you contemplate your pharmaceutical journey, consider our Verona facility as the ideal partner for your pharmaceutical solutions. Our commitment to precision, innovation, and seamless collaboration awaits, offering you the means to bring your product to the patients.

Meet our Experts

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Emanuela Del Vesco

EVP Head of Global Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing

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Latest update: February 2024


Emanuela Del Vasco, the Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing at Evotec, is driven by curiosity and passion in her journey from scientist to leader. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to improving drug bioavailability and making medications deliverable, ensuring the right treatment journey for every patient. At Evotec, Emanuela and her team work tirelessly to deliver the best solutions for faster and safer drug delivery, starting from the Discovery stage itself.

Their vision encompasses designing, leading, executing, and optimizing the entire drug development journey, from the initial idea to the patient's hands. The ultimate goal is to deliver investigational medicinal products with a tailored strategy, ensuring that patients receive treatments customized to their specific needs. Emanuela believes in the power of trust and collaboration, acknowledging that Evotec's success is made possible by customers who rely on their expertise and the dedicated people working with passion, innovation, and excellence in quality, science, and technology. Emanuela also acknowledges the importance of internal R&D investment, fostering a stimulating environment that encourages groundbreaking discoveries and the development of medicines that truly matter. With a strong focus on patient needs, trust, and scientific innovation, Emanuela Del Vasco and the team at Evotec are making significant strides in advancing pharmaceutical development and manufacturing for the betterment of global healthcare.

Interests & Experience

Privately, Emanuela finds joy and fulfillment in various activities. Cooking is her passionate pursuit, and she delights in creating delicious dishes to be shared with friends, fostering a perfect connubium of culinary art and camaraderie. On the other hand, she seeks solace and tranquility in mountain walking, finding harmony in the silent company of nature. Additionally, her interests extend to Matsunaga and Zen shiatsu, a practice that has deeply connected her to the energy of meridians. Embracing this practice has allowed her to achieve a clear equilibrium between her senses, mind, and attentive listening, contributing to her overall well-being.In her work, Emanuela finds her mind at its sharpest when it is free from thoughts. Achieving this state of mental clarity is possible after dedicating time to meditation and taking deep breaths. Moreover, she thrives creatively when passion becomes her primary driver, allowing her mind to dance without any limits. Emanuela's multifaceted interests and the pursuit of mindfulness enable her to bring a balanced and innovative approach to her role as the Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing at Evotec

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Jerome Dauvergne

EVP API Chemistry, Process Development & Manufacturing

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Latest update: April 2024


Jerome Dauvergne, EVP API Chemistry, Process Development & Manufacturing at Evotec is an entrepreneurial Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing executive with 25 years experience in the Life Science Industry gaining expertise spanning the discovery, development and manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicinal products across multiple modalities.

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