News 2022-05-09

From retail to GMP-compliant production space

Green light for partial operation at BZD following successful acceptance of io’s planned production area.

io, the technical consulting and planning company, has added another life sciences sector to its range of industries since the beginning of 2021: the production of drugs from whole blood. BZD Gesellschaft für Transfusionsmedizin Duisburg mbH, a provider of high-quality blood products, has commissioned io to plan its new production facilities in Duisburg. Former retail space is being converted into GMP-compliant production space.

BZD supplies hospitals and physicians in private practices with erythrocyte concentrate and frozen fresh plasma from whole blood, as well as platelet concentrate from apheresis. These come from four donation centers in North Rhine-Westphalia. In January 2021, io was entrusted with designing the new donation center’s production areas in Duisburg. The lead consultants from io convinced the customer with their integrative and innovative solutions. As a result, they were awarded the contract for the planning and implementation support of the new premises in an existing building.

The focus during the expansion phases is on providing technical advice to the customer and on supervising and coordinating the specialist trades involved on site. Converting former retail space into GMP-compliant production space is a special challenge here. “In addition to our specialist experience on possible expansion options, a close, cooperative partnership between all parties involved – customer, specialist planners, and suppliers – is called for,” says Marcel Denis Mayer, project manager and senior consultant in the pharma/biotech division at io.

The new production areas will be implemented in two expansion stages: following a successful acceptance test, the Düsseldorf district government recently gave the go-ahead for Stage I, the regular commercial operation of the cold storage and dispatch facilities.

io congratulates BZD on achieving this milestone and looks forward to completing the second expansion phase, which includes the cold storage and production areas.

Exterior view of the BZD building in Duisburg

Exterior view of the Duisburg donation center. Copyright: BZD.

About BZD

BZD Gesellschaft für Transfusionsmedizin Duisburg mbH provides blood products and is also the parent company of blood donation centers in Duisburg, Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen and Wuppertal. BZD Gesellschaft für Transfusionsmedizin Duisburg mbH collects the donations at the centers and examines, processes, stores and finally delivers them to the recipients.

The BZD group of companies has its origins in 1987 with the founding of the BZD Blood Donation Center Duisburg by the renowned laboratory and transfusion physician Prof. Heiner Trobisch, MD. Since then, BZD has successfully recruited over 120,000 donors for blood and blood components from North Rhine-Westphalia and the surrounding area. They supply hospitals and practicing doctors in the region with the blood products they need.

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Over 60 years of experience in lead consulting 

io offers consulting and planning services for the supply chain – across the board and from a single source. Established in 1958, io supports its clients from the first strategic idea through to the implementation of complex industrial projects for the supply and value chain.

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With its comprehensive expertise in production, logistics, SAP/IT, architecture and project management, io develops holistic solutions along the complete supply and value chain, offering an unparalleled blend of services.

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In addition to its headquarters in Heidelberg (Germany), io also has offices in other European locations (Germany: Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Kaiserslautern, Leonberg, Leverkusen, Munich; Poland: Łódź), the USA (Bethlehem, PA), the Middle East (Dubai) and Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore).

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