For the first time in Andhra Pradesh, Transasia, India’s No. 1 In-vitro Diagnostic Company announced the formal inauguration of its state-of-the-art medical devices manufacturing plant at the Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) here in Vizag.
This will be the largest of its kind facility in Asia spread over 35,000 sft will manufacture ErbaLisa COVID-19 IgG ELISA test kits, RT-PCR kits and rapid test kits for India and other emerging markets.
It is 5th manufacturing facility in India besides plants in Baddi, Daman, Sikkim and Mumbai, the new facility entailed initial investment of over 30 crore. Truly integrated, the facility with an annual capacity of 2 million Molecular & Serology test kits has face recognition system, cold room, storage area, clean rooms of BSL-II/BSL-III grade, large lyophilizers, protein purification equipment, advanced QC equipment and automated machines. The facility will significantly reduce India’s current import dependence for such testing kits.
Inauguration this facility virtually, Minister for Industries, Commerce and IT Mekapati Goutham Reddy said Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) in Visakhapanam is playing a a crucial role in rolling out innovations and hailed the contributions of all those involved, on-screen and off-screen. The AMTZ currently produce about five lakh RT-PCR testing kits per day and with addition of New IVD centres, the capacity building will elevate the production capacity to 8 lakh per day and deliver the optimum requirement of Covid testing in the country.
Speaking to Hello Vizag on the new facility here in Visakhapatnam Suresh Vazirani, Founder & Chairman, Transasia-Erba International Group of Companies, said, “We are truly delighted to partner AMTZ under the visionary leadership of Dr. Jitendra Sharma, in contributing our bit to realize the dream of making India atmanirbhar and a global export hub for IVD products and solutions.
With worldclass infrastructure for manufacturing, testing and certification of medical devices available in the park, the facility would play a key role in import substitution of medical devices. The new facility reinforces Transasia’s track record of enabling better healthcare outcomes for over 40 years by offering total solutions for clinical diagnosis.”
“We are pleased that Transasia chose AMTZ to set up Asia’s largest IVD manufacturing facility. It gives me further pleasure being there for the inauguration of Transasia’s world-class IVD manufacturing facility. Addition of this facility further enhances AMTZ appeal as an ecosystem with huge upsides for industry players. Wholeheartedly congratulate Mr. Vazirani and the Transasia team for this worldclass facility,” added Dr. Jitendra Sharma, MD & CEO of AMTZ
Dr. Manoj Chugh, Vice President, R&D Reagents, Transasia Bio-Medicals Ltd., said, “Several new offerings are on the anvil as we step up to meet the diagnostic needs of doctors and patients. The plant will have the flexibility to scale up manufacturing capabilities on demand, while driving greater operational efficiency.”
Stating further, Mr. Chugh said that “the Operations will start immediately at this new plant with product roll outs expected in early September. The new facility has the capacity to produce 6 lakh Elisa-based antibody detection test kits per day besides RT-PCR and rapid test kits.” To address the growing need for serological tests as disease prevention spurred by greater awareness of infectious diseases due to covid-19, this facility will manufacture testing kits for other immunology products as well. To meet the growing demand, Transasia will significantly invest in R&D and manpower at the facility for its immunology products with total hiring estimated at 500 employees as of now, he added.
Asserting that the AMTZ is realizing the aspiration of the nation as well as the globe in research and production of medical equipment, Scientific Secretary (Centre) Arabinda Mitra complimented the cooperation of the AP government in facing the challenges.