Ons 1 dec / År 39 / Nr 4 2021

Life Science 2021

The task of developing the healthcare systems, technology and treatments of the future requires a much sharper focus on facilitating collaboration across borders. Not only geographical – but across disciplines as well. Gothenburg has a strong and growing Life Science cluster which deserves to be highlighted from a national point of view.

AFRY’s engineering expertise is available to the Life Science industry

AFRY, formerly ÅF, is a Swedish engineering and design company with operations in energy, industry and infrastructure. The joint company was formed in 2019 after merging with Finnish Pöyry, and is headquartered in Solna, Sweden.

Ida Rees and Johanna Grimmefält.

Ida Rees, Project Director and Johanna Grimmefält, Senior Project Manager, are both active within the department of Food & Pharma at AFRY. All Life Science-related projects, as for example the planning, design and construction of new production sites for pharmaceuticals, are handled by this department.

Ida Rees and Johanna Grimmefält are currently both involved in a large project in Norway, where an existing factory for pharmaceuticals is being modernised and expanded with a new production line.

Expertise in all areas

Pharma projects require clear traceability all the way from idea to completion. This is something that AFRY has long experience of and can handle with in-house expertise.

“Within AFRY and our department we have expertise in all areas required to manage the development process within pharma, including for example the construction of clean rooms, laboratories and production facilities. We also have knowledge in regulatory, quality assurance and validation within Food & Pharma”, says Ida Rees.

The Norwegian factory will expand and double the production of API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) to facilitate the increasing demand for production of certain pharmaceuticals. At the time of writing a completely new line is being built for a certain product category. AFRY is responsible for the design, purchase, installation and commissioning of all equipment required to start up the new line.

Managing advanced industrial projects

Food & Pharma at AFRY is very focused on developing production lines with sustainability as main focus. In addition to the project in Norway, AFRY has several other exciting projects underway.

“We make our engineering expertise available to the Life Science industry. We work across Europe and look forward to developing new multidisciplinary collaborations based on our long experience of developing and operating advanced industrial projects”, concludes Ida Rees.