|R & D|
Uquifa has a well-qualified and experienced Research and Development group with 40 researchers and the ratio of PH.D.’s to BSc’s is approximately 1:1. The teams work on the discovery and development of chemical processes suitable for the efficient manufacture of APIs and key intermediates.
All available chemical literature and patents are considered together with in-house know-how to give the best practical means for the synthesis of your product. Following investigative laboratory work a sample is produced.
The new R&D Laboratory is placed in Sant Celoni and it is online since 2005. The 800 square meters laboratory hold the Synthesis and Analytical development laboratories, with 20 fume hoods (3 walk in), a kilolab and a library. The synthesis laboratory equipment includes several hydrogenators of different sizes, a freeze drier, liquid-liquid extraction columns and a molecular distiller.
The Research and Development group includes a dedicated analytical development team with highly qualified personnel.
The duties of this analytical team are:
The resources to carry out these analytical duties are:
Uquifa has pilot plants both in our Mexican and Sant Celoni's facilities.
The two Pilot Plants produce kilograms to multi-kilograms quantities for preclinical and clinical trials and for small scale commercial production. Installations are designed to be flexible allowing many combinations of reactors, filters and dryers to be used in order to perform the same type of reactions that are conducted at industrial scale, such as nitrations, ozonolysis, hydrogenations, reactions using other gaseous reagents such as isobutylene and chlorine and those requiring cryogenic capability.
The modern UQUIFA pilot plant and small scale production unit, built in 2002 at the Sant Celoni site in Spain optimizes laboratory process to produce material for clinical trials as well as for commercial scale.