FOYA overall winner blog1 FOYA overall winner blog2AstraZeneca China has been honored as the 2015 Facility of the Year Overall Winner at ISPE’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

The winning project, AstraZeneca China’s Market Supply Solid Dose Facility located in Taizhou, China, was built to manufacture five billion tablets of high-quality, affordable medicines per year to the China market. The 533,000 sq. ft. facility was completed in a record time of 20 months, coming in 18 percent under budget and maintaining an exemplary safety record of 3.26M hours worked without a recordable incident.

“The Taizhou Supply Site Project is the perfect representation of the FOYA program,” said ISPE President and CEO John Bournas. “AstraZeneca China’s mission to deliver high-quality pharmaceuticals to China’s growing population was carried out seamlessly through first-rate global engineering and operational organization. It demonstrates visionary pharmaceutical excellence undertaken in an emerging market.”

AstraZeneca China’s project team impressed the judges with its clear strategic plan. The team incorporated lean design principles to eliminate operational inefficiencies and deliver optimum manufacturing performance. And, with a 99 percent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) removal rate from API containing waste water, the facility far exceeded local environmental regulations.

The Taizhou supply site project was built to support the Chinese government’s “Healthy China 2020” program to provide universal healthcare access to all of China by the year 2020.  With two additional phases expected, the Taizhou Supply Site has the potential to expand to nine billion tablets per year, placing AstraZeneca in a position to supply China with safe and affordable medicine for more than 1 billion people.

ISPE congratulates AstraZeneca China and all 2015 FOYA category winners. For more information on AstraZeneca China’s award-winning facility and the FOYA program, please visit

You still have time to submit your facility for a 2016 Facility of the Year Award! To apply, visit Applications are due 23 November 2015.