The production process

We collect plasma and manufacture it into lifesaving plasma-derived therapies.

Each plasma-derived therapy we create is controlled, fractionated, purified, virus inactivated and inspected before being used to change and help save lives.

Plasma-based therapies treat rare, genetic and chronic diseases such as haemophilia and immune deficiency disorders. They are also used for trauma and burn victims and for critical care procedures including major surgeries, cancer treatments and organ transplants

Plasma donation


The donor’s identity is verified; details are managed in our donor registry system.

Donors must be: +18 years old, +50kg in weight and healthy.


Each donor completes a health questionnaire and physical screening.


The donation process takes 45 to 90 minutes. From 300 to 880ml of plasma is taken each time.


Donations are labelled with a barcode so at any point in the process the donor can be traced.


The plasma is tested for pathogens.

Single donation control

Visual inspection

As a first step, individual plasma donations are visually inspected.


After the visual inspection each donation is barcode scanned and all plasma codes are entered into the Octapharma production data system.


Donations are stored in a freezer at -25°C.

Controlling the plasma that enters production

Single donation control (SDC) is the foundation of traceability of all of our individual plasma donations.


Processing plasma

Biochemical processes to separate plasma into its various components to gain proteins for Octapharma products.

Separating plasma proteins

Fractionation is the separation of plasma proteins by influencing their solubility, by changing the ethanol concentration, pH-value and temperature. Different proteins are separated in different conditons.

Purification and virus removal / inactivation

Purification processes

Different processes are used to filter out contaminants and pathogens:

  • Precipitation

  • Ultra/diafiltration

  • Chromatography

Virus removal

To remove or inactivate viruses the following processes are used:

  • Solvent detergent

  • Nanofiltration

Purifying products

In fine fractionation, we take the intermediates we receive from basic fractionations and purify them into final products.

Filling / finish

The filling process

Octapharma is investing in new state-of-the-art filling lines for our production sites. The aim is that fully automated lines will increase filling capacity, which ultimately means we can produce more products for patients.

Visual inspection and packaging

Visual inspection

The finished product is inspected for contamination and damage, and approved based on authority requirements.


Products are packed into boxes and stored in cold rooms or freezers at required temperatures.

Quality control


Every batch of final product is tested to meet regulatory requirements.


Providing help

Patients all around the world benefit from our products to live a normal life.

  • 1,000,000+ people worldwide are living with bleeding disorders such as haemophilia.

  • 300+ immune diseases are treated with our products.

  • 1,200 plasma donations are needed to treat a severe haemophilia A adult patient with prophylaxis for one year.