Research & Development at Bilim Pharmaceuticals
The cornerstone of the Research & Development is the value Bilim Pharmaceuticals attaches to human and quality. Research & Development studies are performed by project teams organized under the Scientific Division according to scientific rules and codes of ethics. Product development efforts are carried out with great care at the Bilim Pharmaceuticals R&D Center for all manufactured products.
At Bilim Pharmaceuticals, we have created a well organized environment of research and development, with a self-consistent understanding of management, a scientific logic and technical approaches that are cooperative, contemporary, encouraging and responsive to the needs of society. Thanks to our R&D activities which develop continuously through this understanding, we are the leader of the Turkish pharmaceutical market with more than 150 products, which were all developed in our own R&D laboratories and for which we hold licenses. Considered from this stance, our corporation is the biggest local equivalent drug producer in the national pharmaceutical markets genuine drug sales. In order to protect our position, we continue to focus our attention increasingly on Research and Development projects. Our Research and Development projects are at the center of our exports to 48 countries and the volume of our exports doubles with each passing year, supported by the new products we receive licenses for.
The underlying factor in our increasing sales targets at Bilim Pharmaceuticals is a concentration on technology-based R&D activities and a continuously rising budget allocated for these activities. As a result of our R&D activities, product combinations containing two or more molecules and controlled release products that aim to reduce the side effects of drugs by increasing patient compliance are added to the product spectrum of Bilim Pharmaceuticals.
Bilim Pharmaceuticals R&D Center
With expenses as high as 120 million, our Research and Development Center is the largest R&D center of the Turkish pharmaceutical industry with a total of 4,500 m2 of laboratory space. A US$ 15 million investment of was made in our R&D center located at our Bilim Gebze plant, which is the biggest drug manufacturing plant in the Turkish pharmaceutical industry. We continue to invest an average of US$ 5 million every year. Bilim Pharmaceuticals received the R&D Center Certification on February 17th, 2009.
Our Research and Development Center comprises of analytical development laboratories (instrumental analysis laboratories, wet laboratories), formulation laboratories, pilot production and stability zones.
Our Research and Department Center has been equipped with 220 high-tech machines, apparatus and equipments. Researchers (such as Pharmaceutical Chemistry Experts, Pharmaceutical Technology Experts, Patent Proxies, Pharmacologists, Analytical Chemists, etc), who have scientific competence, are involved in project teams that are commissioned in our R&D department. Our Research and Development team currently consists of 110 dedicated staff. More than 150 of our products which are in solid, semi-solid and in liquid dosage forms were developed in our own R&D laboratories. Thanks to the understanding of sharing information and transferring it to future generations, which was adopted in our Research and Development Center, the knowledge that we gain during the production of each product is carried over to the next project. Bilim Pharmaceuticals R&D budget was increased by 275% in the space of just 3 years.
Our Research and Development Center at Bilim Pharmaceuticals is constituted of groups dealing with patent-related works, active substances, formulation and analytical method development for new products, clinical research, product improvement and stability and technology for new products. In our Research and Development center, patent scanning and evaluation studies, active substance assessment, analysis and work, formulation and analytical method development, laboratory and small scale pilot productions, process and analytical method validations, clinical studies, product improvement studies, new product stability studies and the preparation of authorization files in CTD format are managed with the concept of Quality By Design (QbD).
Another important role of our Research and Development Center is that it is spreading out and integrating the innovation culture throughout the corporation.