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VIO Chemicals joins SusChem sustainability initiative

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August 25th 2017

Zurich, Switzerland: – Fast-growing pharma CDMO, VIO Chemicals, has joined an EC-supported initiative that aims to revitalize European chemistry and biotechnology research, development and innovation on sustainable lines.

VIO Chemicals has become a member of SusChem Switzerland, the Swiss national arm of the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem ETP). Founded in 2004, SusChem now extends to 14 different countries across the EU.

As a member of SusChem Switzerland, VIO Chemicals joins major players of the Swiss life sciences sector, such as INEOS, Lonza, CimArk, ETH Zurich and the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS).

Shared vision

“VIO Chemicals shares SusChem Switzerland’s vision for a robust and sustainable Swiss chemical industry,” declared VIO Chemicals CEO & Founder, Dimitris Kalias.

“We see smart specialization, innovative technologies for high performance materials, sustainable industrial processes and controls as key competitiveness drivers for the European chemical industry,” said Mr. Kalias.

“VIO Chemicals already strives to be at the forefront of science and technology by continuous investment in its people and infrastructure, use of advanced process technologies to achieve more flexible, scalable and efficient R&D and manufacturing capabilities, as well as by sustainable use of its resources and waste to minimize our health, energy and environmental impacts,” he added.

Growth strategy

Chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors currently account for 41% of total Swiss exports, with national growth strategy largely driven by emphasis on constant innovation and internationalism.

VIO Chemicals and its fellow SusChem members pledge openness to share expertise and form synergies with national and European stakeholders and promote the use of sustainable chemistry.

As a SusChem member, VIO Chemicals also aims to become more prominent in the debate about the role of the chemical industry as a solutions provider to global societal challenges.

Mr. Kalias commented: “By joining SusChem Switzerland, VIO Chemicals aspires to promote chemical industry priorities up the European policy agenda, join a Europe-wide collaborative network and contribute to a dynamic innovation and industrial eco-system as part of the Europe 2020 strategy for an inclusive European economy.”

About VIO Chemicals

VIO Chemicals delivers customized solutions for chemical intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The company offers a complete range of services, from process and product research and development to quality control and production in commercial quantities.

Through its ISO 9001 & ISO 14001-certified R&D centre in Greece and three production facilities in China, one cGMP-standard, VIO Chemicals applies cutting-edge science and uses novel technologies to optimize product quality and maximize API capabilities.

In addition, the company is specialized in strategic sourcing of catalogue, custom-manufactured and proprietary products, offering complementary GMP/EHS auditing, consulting and regulatory services.

Founded in Zurich in 2001, VIO Chemicals is the exclusive and trusted partner for customers and suppliers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry worldwide. To learn more, visit

About SusChem ETP and SusChem Switzerland

The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem ETP) was founded in 2004 by six European bodies representing the main stakeholders from academia and industry in the chemical sciences sector.

The founding partners are the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA), the European Federation of Biotechnology Section of Applied Biocatalysis (ESAB), the European Association of Bioindustries (EuropaBio), the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (RSC).

SusChem has 14 National Technology Platforms (NTPs). SusChem Switzerland is primarily aimed at companies involved in life sciences, particularly chemistry, who wish to improve their industrial processes by developing collaboration with their peers.

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