Mumbai: Piramal Enterprises Ltd said on Tuesday its pharma solutions division will invest $55 million in expanding manufacturing capacity of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) across sites in North America, Asia and the UK.

Piramal Pharma Solutions, the contract manufacturing division of Piramal Enterprises, will invest part of the funds into the new plants to support the current pipeline of approximately 80 late-stage programmes that the firm is currently assisting its partners with at various global sites.

It will also expand capabilities for APIs with higher potency at its plant in Riverview, Michigan in the US, while augmenting early development capabilities out of Ennore, India, through additions of good-manufacturing-practices-compliant kilo labs and a pilot plant.

A kilo lab is a facility for scale up of small scale—milligram and gram quantities—laboratory developed chemical processes to kilogram quantities.

To serve its European biotech customers better, the firm will add early development capabilities in both drug substance and drug product out of its Morpeth, UK, facility.

Support functions such as analytical capabilities, rese­arch and development infrastructure, automation, and IT systems will also be expanded at all API sites through this investment, the firm said.

Piramal supports API development and manufacturing through an integrated model across its five sites in North America, Europe and Asia.

API development is conducted at three units. These facilities are forward integrated with commercial API manufacturing units at Aurora in Canada, Ennore and Digwal in India, Morpeth in the UK and Riverview in the US.

“With these investments, we can now support the commercialization of our pipeline of over 80 programmes that are at Phase II or beyond, while allowing us additional capacity for future partnerships. There has been significant customer interest in our ‘integrated’ offerings, and we are pleased to have over 60 integrated programmes across all phases of drug development," said Vivek Sharma, CEO of Piramal Pharma Solutions.

Shares of Piramal Enterprises closed 0.06% lower at Rs2,768.9 on Tuesday, while the Sensex rose 0.24% to close at 31,924.41 points.