September 12, 2022

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies breaks ground on a USD 1.6 billion  (11 billion Danish kroner) expansion in Hillerød, Denmark

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a world leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for biologics, vaccines, and advanced therapies, held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of its new expansion project to transform the Denmark site into the largest end-to-end CDMO in Europe1. The expansion project will strengthen FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ cell culture manufacturing services in Denmark and create 450 new jobs.

Participating in the ceremony were Jeppe Kofod, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kirsten Jensen, Mayor, Hillerød municipality, Manabu Miyagawa, Japanese Ambassador to Denmark, and Kenji Sukeno, Chairman, Representative Director and Board Chairman, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation.

This expansion is funded by a major capital investment of USD 1.6 billion (11 billion Danish kroner) by FUJIFILM Corporation. The expansion will increase the capacity of the current site by adding 8 x 20,000L bioreactors and two downstream processing streams. When the expansion is completed, the site will offer a total of 20 x 20,000L bioreactors for drug substance production complemented by comprehensive drug product and finished goods services. 

The expansion project will include sustainability measures to support Fujifilm’s new “Green Value Climate Strategy” with climate action targets including operating on carbon-free energy2 and achieving net zero CO2 emissions by the end of Fiscal Year 2040. Sustainable production enhancements will focus on initiatives aiming to reduce water consumption, to remove operational dependency on fossil fuels, exploring renewable energy sources, operational electrification, and process optimization to reduce natural gas consumption. In addition, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies will increase engagement with suppliers and customers to reduce the total value chain carbon emissions.

This is a major milestone in Fujifilm’s transformation journey, further strengthening business portfolio and expanding business as a comprehensive healthcare company. Today’s celebration is a testament to Fujifilm’s commitment to the future of healthier and more sustainable world. We will never stop taking on challenges to solve social issues through our business activities.

Kenji Sukeno, Chairman, Representative Director and Board Chairman, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is honored to be part of Fujifilm’s relentless pursuit for innovation in life sciences. We are building new facilities and leading the future of biomanufacturing through innovation and sustainability, all while keeping to our core purpose of advancing novel therapies and biosimilars to shape the future of the healthcare and transform patient lives.

Martin Meeson, chief executive officer, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

I am very happy that FUJIFILM Corporation have decided to expand their activities in Denmark. I visited FUJIFILM Corporation in Japan last year and I am proud that Denmark has been able to attract this historic investment from such an innovative company. It is part of the Danish government’s strategy for the life science industry to attract such investments to the Danish ecosystem. The fact that we celebrate FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies´ expansion today is also a testament to the strong Danish life science industry, particularly within manufacturing.

Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod

The expansion is expected to be completed in the summer of 2026.

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Christine Jackman

1Based on Fujifilm research as of September 12, 2022. End-to-end encompasses bulk drug substance production, fill finish and final packaging.
2Direct emission from the company at the manufacturing stage of the product (Scope 1) and indirect emission due to the use of electricity / steam supplied from other companies (Scope 2).