Farmabios an Axplora company

Your partner of choice in steroids and highpotent APIs

The Farmabios generic API portfolio brings together proprietary know-how, hands-on innovation and our commitment to uncompromising quality.  Since 1968, we’ve built our business with a customer-centric focus and a mutual respect for our employees, partners and the environment. We offer:

  • A trusted partnership: We take pride in our long-term customer relationships.
  • A solution-oriented approach: We are an accessible organization, motivated to make things simpler for customers’ business.
  • A competitive offering: We consistently deliver value and attractive pricing.

Dedication to quality, innovation, and regulatory compliance


Our mission is to empower pharmaceutical companies with the essential ingredients they need to develop groundbreaking treatments and improve the quality of life for patients worldwide. When you choose Axplora, you choose a partner committed to your success in the dynamic and ever-evolving pharmaceutical landscape.

Improve your patients quality of life with us

> 15 years

relationships with key customers

>60 years

experience in process R&D and API manufacturing

>80 APIs

in portfolio (commercial and pipeline)

>25,000 square meters

of GMP surface

Our core values

At Farmabios, we are continually creating a culture of innovation built on open dialogue, new ideas and flexibility. Our approach enables us to adapt supply chains for optimal quality and for securing product supply. Our guiding principles are captured in our Code of Business Ethics which is built on respect for one another, for our partners and for the environment. We are continuously striving to improve plant processes. We believe that investing in both our plants and our people pays off.

Our Products

As part of the Axplora group, Farmabios is the leading global manufacturer of non-sterile and sterile steroids and offers custom development and manufacturing services of focused portfolio of High Potent Substances (HPS) and anticancer drugs. With decades of steroid chemistry expertise and ongoing research and development activities, Farmabios provides scientific expertise and state-of-the-art technologies to support the chemical development and cGMP manufacture of complex APIs from grams-scale to metric tons-scale, with extensive know-how in the production, handling and containment of steroids, hormones, cytotoxic and highly potent compounds.

Our history


Farmabios SPA is created in Gropello, Pavia, Italy, beginning the production of steroid and vitamin B12 derivatives.


Vitamin B12 derivatives production is discontinued; Farmabios doubles steroids output.


Farmabios manufacturing site first audit and approval from US-FDA.


Completion of the first High Potent production unit.


Ergon Capital Partners (Belgium) acquires Farmabios SPA. Completion of the Sterile by filtration Steroids production unit.


Ergon Capital Partners acquires PharmaZell and integrates PharmaZell and Farmabios into Zellbios S.A. Completion of the Cytotoxic production unit.


Zellbios S.A. is acquired by Deutsche Private Equity (Germany). Constitution of Pharmazell Group GmbH.


Beginning of in-house Micronization activities.


BridgePoint (United Kingdom) acquires Pharmazell Group GmbH from Deutsche Private Equity (Germany).


Farmabios is part of Axplora Group.


Completion of High Potent API large scale production unit.

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Our site in Gropello Cairoli

  • Farmabios Plant
  • Process development, scale-up and manufacturing
  • Specialized in steroids and HPAPI synthesis
  • Solid state expertise
  • Strong regulatory history
  • EcoVadis 2023 GOLD certified

Founded in 1961 and located near Milan (Italy), Gropello Cairoli’s site comprises team of over 200 employees. It is a world leader in steroid chemistry, producing more than 80 APIs and advanced intermediates such as Corticosteroids & Hormones (sterile & non-sterile). It also has great expertise in the scale-up and production of HPAPIs, including cytotoxics, as well as cannabidiol (CBD). The site offers CDMO services and hosts Axplora’s center of excellence in solid state chemistry.

Axplora steroids and HPAPIs manufacturing site in Gropello Cairoli
Our site in Gropello Cairoli (Lombardy region, Italy)