Greetings from 3M Northridge
3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, we have worked to improve daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer, and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. We even helped put a man on the moon.
Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.
3M Northridge, California
Our mission is to partner with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop and reliably supply novel, high quality, inhaled and transdermal drug delivery products that improve lives.
History of 3M Northridge
3M Northridge began as a global pharmaceutical company called Riker Laboratories, which was a subsidiary of Rexall Drug Company. 3M purchased Riker as a subsidiary in 1970 and operated this way until 1991 when it was integrated into 3M as the Pharmaceutical Division. In 1999, the Drug Delivery Systems Division was formed as a separate division, and, in 2006, the Pharmaceutical Division was divested to other companies.
The Drug Delivery Systems Division continues to make many of those original products as a contract manufacturer in addition to a multitude of inhalation and transdermal products for other customers. We have six other locations around the world, and we operate globally with major pharmaceutical companies as customers.
Today, our site maintains a modern Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Quality Control laboratory that ensures products meet customer expectations and full regulatory compliance. The site is audited regularly by FDA, DEA, and EU regulatory authorities. We are also audited by customers who receive products or are interested in doing manufacturing at 3M Northridge.
3M is a pioneer in developing and applying technologies in new and groundbreaking ways. Technologies employed at 3M Northridge include:
- 3M Proprietary Die Coating Technology (Dc)
- 3M Proprietary Converting Technology (Co)
- 3M Proprietary Patch Transfer Technology (Pt)
- 3M Proprietary Desiccant Transfer Technology (Dt)
- Cold and Pressure Propellant Filling (Pf)
- Powder Handling and Size Reduction (Ph)
- Automated Packaging with Camera Inspection (Ap)
3M Northridge is a manufacturing facility for the 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division, which has a long history of innovation and is committed to continuous improvement in both performance and value. This facility manufactures Inhalation Drug Delivery (IDD) and Transdermal Drug Delivery (TDD) products for other pharmaceutical companies.
- Inhalation Drug Delivery (IDD) Products
With a successful 5060-year history that includes development of the first metered-dose inhaler (MDI) and first CFC-free propellant pressurized Metered-Dose Inhaler, 3M Drug Delivery Systems is a leader in inhalation technology. These products provide a variety of treatments for asthma and bronchitis.
- Transdermal Drug Delivery (TDD) Products
Building on a history of innovation, 3M combines thirty years of formulation, development, film, and adhesive expertise with industry best practices to create high quality transdermal drug delivery systems and components. In Northridge, we produce products containing nitroglycerin for the treatment of angina and Estradiol for hormone replacement therapy. 3M adhesives are a core technology and known for world-class performance across many applications, and we are a global leader in transdermal patch and component manufacturing for the pharmaceuticals industry.
Northridge, Calif., is a residential suburb located 40 minutes northwest of the City Center of Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education and is the second largest city in the United States. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines in the U.S.
This area of Southern California is known for many things including the 2010 Championship Los Angeles Lakers, Disneyland, Getty Museum, L.A. Live, Hollywood, Malibu, Universal Studios, and many other attractions including 80 theaters and 300 museums. Los Angeles is surrounded by mountains and hiking trails as well as beaches and is home to many outdoor enthusiasts.
In 2015, Los Angeles was named the world's seventh most economically powerful city by Forbes.com, second in the U.S. behind New York City. Major universities located in Los Angeles include UCLA, University of Southern California (USC), CSUN, CSULA, and Cal Polytechnic at Pomona. Many other smaller private and community colleges are also located in the area.
In order to advance 3M’s reputation and employee pride, 3M Northridge emphasizes giving back to the community through partnerships, cash contributions, gift in-kind donations, and volunteerism in Los Angeles and its surrounding communities. 3M Northridge is part of a regional Community Relations Committee with eight other California plants that actively supports education, health, environmental, social services, and other nonprofit organizations in California.
Northridge Community Giving:
- Audubon California
- Junior Achievement of California
- United Way of Los Angeles
- California State University at Northridge
- West Valley Boys and Girls Club
- Devonshire Police Activity League
- Students Run L.A.
- North Valley YMCA
- Olive Crest Children’s Foundation