GEORGE FREEMAN MP – MINISTER FOR LIFE SCIENCES OPENS NEW PBL MANUFACTURING FACILITY

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, today opened our new multi-million pound pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.  He was accompanied by John Glen, MP for Salisbury, along with Richard Walters, Alistair Cunningham and Baroness Jane Scott from Wiltshire Council.

The group heard about the investment that Porton Biopharma has made since its formation and the exciting plans it has to grow its business.   The new facility will increase the capacity of the existing pharmaceutical production centre used for the production of the essential life-saving cancer drug Erwinase®, which saves the lives' of thousands of children every year.

George Freeman commented "This impressive new facility on the Porton Campus has the potential to make a significant contribution to the local economy and to UK life sciences – a sector which has seen £6 billion of investment and created 17,000 jobs since 2011.  Not only will it help to drive the innovation and growth of the future, it will also produce life-enhancing treatments for the benefit of NHS patients."

Dr Roger Hinton Managing Director of PBL responded that "I am delighted that the minister with our local MP John Glen, have been so supportive in helping PBL to seek to grow the business which is essential in enabling us to produce greater quantities of life-saving products and to support jobs in the local community."

John Glen MP commented that "PBL will play an essential future role in the regional economy and to help generate prosperity within Salisbury, along with other local initiatives such as the Porton Science Park."

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