NDDB Arm IIL’s Pristine Bio Starts New Serum Unit in NZ

IIL officials at Pristine Bio new unit

NDDB Arm IIL’s Pristine Bio Starts New Serum Unit in NZ

ANZ serums free from OIE listed diseases

Pristine Biologicals NZ Ltd has inaugurated a new facility in Dargaville for the production of sterile filtered serum

HYDERABAD, July 11 (The CONNECT) - Pristine Biologicals NZ Ltd, a subsidiary of Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL) - a large producers of vaccines in India from the stables of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has inaugurated a new facility in Dargaville today for the production of sterile filtered serum. The facility was inaugurated by Meenesh C. Shah, Chairman of Indian Immunologicals Ltd and National Dairy Development Board, in the presence of Dr. Jason Smith, the Hon Mayor of Dargaville, Dr. K. Anand Kumar, Managing Director, IIL, Dr. Vijay Dasari, GM and Director, Pristine Biologicals (NZ) Limited and many dignitaries.

Pristine was established in Dargaville, Kaipara District in 2015 for the production and supply of pharmaceutical grade bovine serum used to produce many vaccines and is considered a very successful venture. It is pertinent to note that the serum from New Zealand and Australia have premium value since those countries are free from OIE listed diseases. Pristine has been able to produce and supply several hundred tonnes of Quality serum to Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL) in India and other countries.

The requirement for bovine serum from New Zealand for use in biologics manufacture has gone up many folds and to meet the demands of the world markets, it is important to augment the capacities and also bring in more value-added products, the company feels. Many vaccine manufacturers in India have expressed difficulty in obtaining quality serum and have sought the help of IIL through the Government. In a recent visit to IIL, Hyderabad, Secretary DADF requested IIL to ramp up serum production capacity at Pristine NZ and also make it available to Indian companies on a priority basis.

Meenesh Shah, Chairman, Indian Immunologicals Ltd and National Dairy Development Board, “I am glad that an investment made overseas by Indian Immunologicals has come good. The affordable vaccines made in India required a sustainable supply of quality ingredients made by Pristine.”

Dr. Anand Kumar (Managing Director) called Pristine a success story and said that plans are on the way to double the capacity soon as demands have gone up significantly. Dr. Vijay Dasari (Director) thanked the Chairman and other Directors for the constant guidance and support for this venture.

Indian Immunologicals Limited headquartered in Hyderabad, India is one of the largest producers of vaccines in Asia. IIL was setup by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1982. IIL has multiple GMP manufacturing sites and exports to over 50 countries. IIL has a strong R&D pipeline and has launched several animal and human vaccines in the Indian market at affordable prices. IIL specializes in the development of various types of vaccines ranging from inactivated and live viral vaccines, polysaccharide conjugate vaccines, recombinant subunit vaccines, toxoid vaccines, and live bacterial vaccines.

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