Updated on 15 April 2014
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases and is projected to affect nearly 80 mn people worldwide by 2020
Singapore: Alcon, global eye care firm, has launched an ophthalmic pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Singapore to produce ophthalmic pharmaceutical products which address eye conditions such as glaucoma, dry eye, allergies and bacterial infections with an investment of USD159.6 million (S$200 million).
"The need for quality eye care is increasing rapidly across Asia, as the population grows and ages," said Mr. Roy Acosta, Area President, Alcon Asia-Pacific. "With the opening of this new manufacturing facility, Alcon is making a strong investment in the future of our business in Asia, and ensuring that our innovative products are readily available to those who need them."
Construction on this 330,000 square foot facility began in 2009.
"Alcon has more than 20 manufacturing facilities around the world, which use state-of-the-art technology and adhere to the strictest quality standards," said Mr. Acosta. "We are proud to transfer those same capabilities to serve our customers right here in Asia with locally manufactured products."
Alcon already has experience in operating a manufacturing plant in Singapore. In 2005, the company opened a contact lens manufacturing facility in the Tuas Biomedical Park, to meet the growing demand for DAILIES contact lenses.