Xechem Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited (Xechem Nigeria) started its operation at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in July 2002 after signing an agreement between NIPRD and XECHEM for research, development, production and worldwide sales and marketing of (NICOSAN™), the Sickle Cell Disease treatment drug, developed by NIPRD scientists. Xechem Nigeria moved to its present location at the Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO) in January 2005. The first phase of the company’s activities is research, development and production of herbal based drugs for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). This will be followed by exploring the biodiversity of Nigeria and other African Countries for anti malarial, anticancer, antiviral (including AIDS), antifungal and antibacterial products from natural sources in Nigeria and worldwide.
Xechem Nigeria is currently working to equip the laboratories and complete the construction of its state of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. Certain laboratory and other equipment necessary for the production of NICOSAN™ have been acquired or are in the process of fabrication and Xechem expects that the plant will be ready for full-scale production by 2006. Approximately $5 million has already been invested by Xechem in the Nigerian project to date in the form of inter-company loans. Upon completion, the Xechem Nigeria facility at SHESTCO will be one of the most modern state-of-the-art research, development and pharmaceutical test, analysis and manufacturing facilities in Nigeria.
The Xechem Nigeria facility includes research and development, chemistry, microbiology, instrumentation process development laboratories and tableting capsuling area.The laboratories are well equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment such as : Two Waters analytical HPLC units with 996 photodiode array detector, 486 UV detector, Waters Alliance 2695 system with latest version of software (Empower-2), Savant rotary evaporator, autoclave, glass washer, dryer, NIKON microscope, lyphilizers, ultraviolet and infra red spectrophotometers, a 300 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The utilities include hot and cold water, steam, autoclave, clean compressed air and high vacuum lines. Xechem‘s significant and ongoing investment provides it with capabilities exceeding those of many laboratories.