The Aiken Avara site celebrated a ribbon-cut ceremony to mark the beginning of its operation as part of Avara Pharmaceutical Services after completing the acquisition of the plant April 1.

Festivities included Avara’s Executive Team, Aiken’s employees, and special guests.

The event took place outside of the facilities, where the company’s main sign is located on Windham Avenue at Verenes Industrial Park. 

"This acquisition is an important component of our strategic plan and expands our services by adding additional solid dose capability in the United States, which is in very high demand," stated Timothy C. Tyson, chairman and CEO. 

“Today the site starts a new story. Our team is ready and committed to deliver first in class products to our clients and consumers,” said Omaira Shelor, VP and site director.

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Avara Pharmaceutical Services is a state-of-the-art contract manufacturing and technical services organization providing both API formulation and manufacturing, along with secondary formulation, manufacturing and packaging of small molecule drugs, including highly potent compounds. 

Avara has secondary manufacturing technologies, including granulation, coating, blending, encapsulation, compression and drying of tablets and capsules. Avara also has sterile manufacturing capability.

The Aiken site became Avara’s eighth site. The company has three facilities in the U.S., including the corporate headquarters; one in Puerto Rico, one in the U.K., one in Ireland, one in France and one in Italy.