Excellent results for the first half-year 2021

August 27, 2021
  • Sales grow by 35.0% to CHF 239.1 million.
  • EBITDA rises from CHF 53.0 million to CHF 75.5 million and a margin of 31.6%.
  • Operating income (EBIT) increases from CHF 40.3 million to CHF 61.9 million and a margin of 25.9%.
  • Net income rises from CHF 32.8 million to CHF 53.1 million and a margin of 22.2%.
  • Investments of over CHF 50 million and creation of 107 new jobs (77 of which are in Switzerland) since the beginning of the year.

The first half of 2021 has gone very well for Bachem. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to grow both our business, as well as our capacity and workforce simultaneously. Bachem is definitely on track to reach its company goals and continue to grow sustainably and profitably in the coming years.

Thomas Meier

CEO

Group Results

The Bachem Group (SIX: BANB) increased its sales during the first half of 2021 in Swiss francs by 35.0% to CHF 239.1 million. Operating income before
depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose by 42.5% to CHF 75.5 million and operating income (EBIT) grew by 53.9% to CHF 61.9 million. This results in an EBITDA margin of 31.6% (first half-year 2020: 29.9%) and an EBIT margin of 25.9% (first half-year 2020: 22.7%). Net income increased by 61.8% to CHF 53.1 million and a margin of 22.2% (first half-year 2020: 18.5%).

Outlook

  • Sales of CHF 500 million are now expected for the year 2021.
  • Bachem expects an average annual rate of growth of about 15% for the coming five years.
  • Bachem intends to grow operating income (EBIT) at a rate ahead of sales.
  • The company is now planning investments over CHF 500 million for the next five years across sites and business areas in order to further expand capacity.

Bachem Half-Year 2021 press release 

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The complete half-year report 2021, including the slides for the analyst- and media conference can be downloaded in the reports and presentations section of our homepage.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Infographic Bachem Smart Factory
Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

Bachem Amino Acid Loading Unit
Figure 2 - Robot's roles in the SPPS

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

watch our video to learn more about our digital transformation

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Automation Pyramid
Figure 3 - The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of "Tides"

Watch the full presentation exclusively on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Infographic Bachem Smart Factory
Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

Bachem Amino Acid Loading Unit
Figure 2 - Robot's roles in the SPPS

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

watch our video to learn more about our digital transformation

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Automation Pyramid
Figure 3 - The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of "Tides"

Watch the full presentation exclusively on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 - The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of "Tides"

Watch the full presentation exclusively on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 - The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of "Tides"

Watch the full presentation on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 - The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Watch the full presentation on Bachem360.
Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS
Figure 1 - Bachem's smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 - The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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  • Sales grow by 35.0% to CHF 239.1 million.
  • EBITDA rises from CHF 53.0 million to CHF 75.5 million and a margin of 31.6%.
  • Operating income (EBIT) increases from CHF 40.3 million to CHF 61.9 million and a margin of 25.9%.
  • Net income rises from CHF 32.8 million to CHF 53.1 million and a margin of 22.2%.
  • Investments of over CHF 50 million and creation of 107 new jobs (77 of which are in Switzerland) since the beginning of the year.

The first half of 2021 has gone very well for Bachem. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to grow both our business, as well as our capacity and workforce simultaneously. Bachem is definitely on track to reach its company goals and continue to grow sustainably and profitably in the coming years.

Thomas Meier

CEO

Group Results

The Bachem Group (SIX: BANB) increased its sales during the first half of 2021 in Swiss francs by 35.0% to CHF 239.1 million. Operating income before
depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose by 42.5% to CHF 75.5 million and operating income (EBIT) grew by 53.9% to CHF 61.9 million. This results in an EBITDA margin of 31.6% (first half-year 2020: 29.9%) and an EBIT margin of 25.9% (first half-year 2020: 22.7%). Net income increased by 61.8% to CHF 53.1 million and a margin of 22.2% (first half-year 2020: 18.5%).

Outlook

  • Sales of CHF 500 million are now expected for the year 2021.
  • Bachem expects an average annual rate of growth of about 15% for the coming five years.
  • Bachem intends to grow operating income (EBIT) at a rate ahead of sales.
  • The company is now planning investments over CHF 500 million for the next five years across sites and business areas in order to further expand capacity.

Bachem Half-Year 2021 press release 

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The complete half-year report 2021, including the slides for the analyst- and media conference can be downloaded in the reports and presentations section of our homepage.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Infographic Bachem Smart Factory
Figure 1 – Bachem’s smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

Bachem Amino Acid Loading Unit
Figure 2 – Robot’s roles in the SPPS

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

watch our video to learn more about our digital transformation

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Automation Pyramid
Figure 3 – The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of “Tides”

Watch the full presentation exclusively on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 – Bachem’s smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 – The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of “Tides”

Watch the full presentation exclusively on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 – Bachem’s smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 – The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts for the manufacturing of “Tides”

Watch the full presentation on Bachem360.

Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 – Bachem’s smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 – The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

Watch the full presentation on Bachem360.
Visit the CMC development section inside the live area.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, refers to the automation and digitalization of traditional industrial processes through smart technology and integration. Within this concept, a “smart factory” is characterized by machines which are interconnected, and interoperable, and can process data autonomously. Such “smart factories” require only limited human decision-making or intervention and are therefore sometimes referred to as “intelligent automation.”

Innovation and operational excellence are two important pillars of Bachem’s success. Thus, to keep technological leadership and high-quality services, it was essential to start our digital transformation and to enter the Industry 4.0 area. This will benefit our customers, as we will be able to increase our capacity with a more agile and flexible production, simplify and improve our GMP documentation, and provide a safe, reliable, and scalable manufacturing process delivering consistently high quality API.

Why are we automating and digitalizing SPPS at Bachem?

Optimizing production is crucial to us to help and support our customers in their drug development and manufacturing processes. We have started our journey to Industry 4.0 by automating and digitalizing one of our core business processes, the solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) (Figure 1).

Figure 1 – Bachem’s smart production of peptides via SPPS
Figure 1 – Bachem’s smart production of peptides via SPPS

We have automated our SPPS process so that operations can be carried out with minimal human intervention, thus improving the reliability of the process, reproducibility of results and safety, while significantly increasing the cost-effectiveness of operations. Thanks to automation, we are able to optimize equipment utilization and reduce operating times and personnel time down to a fraction. This reduction enables a higher capacity, efficiency and agility of production and brings more flexibility to take on new projects. Bachem has also invested in digitalization of the production process so that documentation can be conducted in a paper-free way. Furthermore, we can attain improved first-time-right (FTR) rates, data analytics by implementing a plant information (PI) system, and higher data safety and integrity.

Our process innovations

As first steps towards our “smart factory”, we have introduced some major innovations. The first Bachem robot-operator, BALU, was designed and programmed to support commercial scale of SPPS. BALU handles the containers with the amino acid powders and is able to perform the powder transfer into the activator vessels for our 150L SPPS reactors. And the robot does so without the involvement of an operator. BALU can perform other critical tasks, such as cleaning the amino acid transfer port to prevent cross-contamination. A barcode scanner that reads the labels placed on the amino acid containers ensures correct handling.

watch our video to learn more about BALU

Another innovative feature of this new fully automated SPPS process is Process Analytical Technology (PAT), which performs inline analytics after key steps. PAT removes the need for manual In-Process Controls (IPC) and provides a better control of Critical Process Parameters (CPP). Additionally, this automated process enables data recording and analytics as well as paper-free cGMP documentation. Implementing PAT to our process control decreases human contributions and cost of goods. Indeed, manual tasks are no longer required and frees resources for other tasks and projects. Furthermore, PAT leads to a higher reproducibility with minimized chemical side reactions. Ultimately, we utilize our assets more efficiently and streamline our production scheduling for a higher capacity and flexibility.

Our digitalization strategy

Our digitalization of the SPPS process was tackled in the following way: the control system of the production floor (Levels 1 and 2 of the Automation Pyramid, see Figure 2) has been integrated with the Manufacturing Execution System (MES, Level 3 in Figure 2). The MES has three critical tasks:

  • lead the process control system by defining the sequence of operations that have to be performed (as written in the MES recipe, also called Master Batch Record, MBR)
  • record all events, process values, alarms, as they happen during the process, and finally generate the electronic Batch Report, eBR
  • manage equipment without the need of physical logbooks.

MES documentation is thus completely paperless while fully GMP compliant!

Full digitalization is reached by connecting the MES to our ERP system, SAP (Level 4 in Figure 2). Executions of process orders, automatic take-out and stock creations, material flow and inventory control are in this way also fully automated and paperless. Finally, our digitalization strategy includes logging in real time and long-term archiving of data on a Historian platform. This PI system allows for real-time and remote monitoring of the factory floor and easy access to data for trending and batch-to-batch comparisons. This provides the basis for future predictive and prescriptive data analytics.

Figure 3 – The automation pyramid

Bachem will embrace a “smart” future together with our customers

Bachem as a CDMO has implemented a new level of automation and digitalization to fulfill the predicted rise in demand of capacity and compliance. We boosted our processes efficiency regarding time, cost, supply and distribution. Entering industry 4.0 and developing our “smart factory” represents a big step forward for our customers in ensuring swifter interaction and more flexibility in manufacturing and in documentation sharing.

Digitalization and automation initiatives are quickly growing, and, in the coming years, thanks to our experiences in SPPS, a growing number of processes will be transformed this way. With these innovations, we keep our technological leadership and set a high industry standard for the best interests of our customers!

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With over 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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  • Sales grow by 35.0% to CHF 239.1 million.
  • EBITDA rises from CHF 53.0 million to CHF 75.5 million and a margin of 31.6%.
  • Operating income (EBIT) increases from CHF 40.3 million to CHF 61.9 million and a margin of 25.9%.
  • Net income rises from CHF 32.8 million to CHF 53.1 million and a margin of 22.2%.
  • Investments of over CHF 50 million and creation of 107 new jobs (77 of which are in Switzerland) since the beginning of the year.

The first half of 2021 has gone very well for Bachem. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to grow both our business, as well as our capacity and workforce simultaneously. Bachem is definitely on track to reach its company goals and continue to grow sustainably and profitably in the coming years.

Thomas Meier

CEO

Group Results

The Bachem Group (SIX: BANB) increased its sales during the first half of 2021 in Swiss francs by 35.0% to CHF 239.1 million. Operating income before
depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose by 42.5% to CHF 75.5 million and operating income (EBIT) grew by 53.9% to CHF 61.9 million. This results in an EBITDA margin of 31.6% (first half-year 2020: 29.9%) and an EBIT margin of 25.9% (first half-year 2020: 22.7%). Net income increased by 61.8% to CHF 53.1 million and a margin of 22.2% (first half-year 2020: 18.5%).

Outlook

  • Sales of CHF 500 million are now expected for the year 2021.
  • Bachem expects an average annual rate of growth of about 15% for the coming five years.
  • Bachem intends to grow operating income (EBIT) at a rate ahead of sales.
  • The company is now planning investments over CHF 500 million for the next five years across sites and business areas in order to further expand capacity.

Bachem Half-Year 2021 press release 

in English

in German

The complete half-year report 2021, including the slides for the analyst- and media conference can be downloaded in the reports and presentations section of our homepage.

About Bachem

Bachem is a leading, innovation-driven company specializing in the development and manufacture of peptides and oligonucleotides.
With 50 years of experience and expertise Bachem provides products for research, clinical development and commercial application to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide and offers a comprehensive range of services.
Bachem operates internationally with headquarters in Switzerland and locations in Europe, the US and Asia. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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