Novo Nordisk selects Emerson to help bring diabetes medication to market more quickly
Thursday, 16 November, 2017
Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk has awarded Emerson a US$40 million automation systems and services contract for a new drug manufacturing facility to help battle the global diabetes epidemic. The largest project in its history, Novo Nordisk’s new $2 billion plant in Clayton, North Carolina, will leverage Emerson’s Project Certainty methodologies and automation technologies to help ensure the plant meets its operational target of 2020.
The new 7.66 ha production facility will help the Danish drug company increase manufacturing capacity and meet its goal of doubling production of diabetes drugs over the next decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, with another 86 million living with prediabetes.
“Our extensive experience in the life sciences industry and integrated offering for capital projects and automation perfectly positions us to help Novo Nordisk deliver its largest project in history,” said Mike Train, executive president, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Together we can design and deliver this world-class manufacturing facility to be ready on time, and to quickly bring these important diabetes medicines to patients.”
Novo Nordisk will implement elements of Emerson’s Project Certainty approach to help reduce project complexity and achieve the tight project schedule. This transformational approach leverages automation technology, which serves as a central nervous system in a plant, and new methodologies, to reduce costs and complexity and accommodate late-stage project changes.
Novo Nordisk selected Emerson’s integrated portfolio of automation technologies and services, including its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) and Syncade manufacturing execution system (MES). Emerson will also provide smart automation technologies, including valves and measurement instrumentation.
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