Avanti Polar Lipids
Avanti Polar Lipids, Inc. is a company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes compounds used in pharmaceutical research and drug delivery. It was founded in 1967 by Walt Shaw and is located at 700 Industrial Park Drive in Alabaster. The company's best-known achievement is the development of "Exosurf", a surfactant used in the treatment of infant respiratory distress syndrome, common in premature births.
In 2021 Avanti undertook a $26 million expansion of its Alabaster facility.
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- Avanti Polar Lipids website