"Producing heparin is a satisfaction and a responsibility"

Since its foundation in 1975, Bioiberica has been focused on the production of heparin. The company understood that it was an active ingredient indispensable for human health and that it was important to be able to offer the maximum guarantees of safety and traceability. Today, one out of every five heparin doses administered worldwide has been developed and manufactured by Bioibérica.

 

Carlos Grande, head of Heparin purification Bioiberica

“Knowing that thrombosis is one of the main causes of death in the world and that heparin is a product that helps fight against thrombosis, that helps saves lives by fighting against these effects, is more than just a source of satisfaction, given the importance of the product we are producing; it is also a great responsibility”.

Joan Bassa, Heparin manager Bioiberica

Heparin is a biological product, so what we do is bring together two totally different worlds: on the one hand, the world of meat, with its specific regulations, and on the other hand, the pharma world or the world of hospitals, and in the end, a patient who will receive an injectable product.

Carlos Grande, head of Heparin purification Bioiberica

This is a sample of porcine intestinal mucosa just as we receive it from the slaughterhouses. We process the mucosa to get an intermediate product, crude heparin. We later purify it, to produce sodium heparin, which is the active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Joan Bassa, Heparin manager Bioiberica

We are talking about the anticoagulant of choice worldwide for a disease as significant as thrombosis. Keep in mind that heparin saves 100 million lives a year. Everyone, from the operator gathering the mucosa to the guy at the end in the laboratory, knows we are making a product that saves lives. That’s what gets us with heparin. That’s why we love heparin. It is something that makes us very proud.

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