Pharmaceutical firm picks USFilter for USP28 purified water system at Puerto Rico plant

Company to supply system consisting of a hot-water-sanitizable carbon, break tank and vent filter pre-treatment equipment skid, a hot-water-sanitizable two-pass RO skid, a hot-water-sanitizable CDI-LX continuous EDI skid and a clean-in-place skid. Other company news includes: Fully equipped diving crew added to on-site services; Cosmetics firm picks USFilter for water treatment equipment at Ark. facility; Albuquerque picks USFilter for filter system; Mobile clarification fleet expanded...

WARRENDALE, PA, Oct. 5, 2005 -- A leading pharmaceutical company has chosen USFilter to upgrade and expand the company's existing USP Purified Water system at its Puerto Rico manufacturing plant, the unit of Siemens Water Technologies announced yesterday.

USFilter will supply a USP 28 Purified Water system consisting of a hot-water-sanitizable carbon, break tank and vent filter pre-treatment equipment skid, a hot-water-sanitizable two-pass reverse osmosis skid, a hot-water-sanitizable CDI-LX™ continuous electrodeionization skid and a clean-in-place skid to Amgen's Juncos, Puerto Rico facility. The new system will increase the flow rate from 15-35 gpm and is designed for seamless integration into the existing system.

"In addition to providing this client with a complete USP Purified Water system, we will also conduct a factory acceptance test at our facility in Colorado Springs," says Jeff Okun, biopharmaceutical director of sales and marketing for USFilter. "This will help them greatly speed up their validation and system qualification process."

L.G. Scott (Lockwood Greene Puerto Rico, Inc.) is the engineer on the project. System installation is scheduled for late summer. USFilter will start up the system and provide hands-on training to the manufacturing plant's personnel.

Amgen has maintained a presence in Puerto Rico for more than a decade, achieving an outstanding quality and compliance record while setting the standard for manufacturing processes. Currently, the company plans to invest $1.2 billion to add another 500,000 square feet and create state-of-the-art biotechnology facilities for bulk manufacturing in Juncos. The new site will include manufacturing plants for key biologics, expanded full-testing quality and analytical labs, additional syringe fill and freeze-drying capability and warehouses. Also under construction are process development facilities, administrative and training buildings, a cafeteria and a child care center.

Based in Warrendale, Pa., with offices and installations around the world, USFilter (www.usfilter.com) is a $1.2 billion water company with 5,800 experienced professionals dedicated to delivering cost-effective, reliable water and wastewater treatment systems and services. It's a unit of Siemens Water Technologies Inc., which is itself part of Germany's Siemens A.G.

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