Bristol-Myers has new U.S. biologics capabilities ready to go

Bristol-Myers Squibb Devens, MA biologics facility
Bristol-Myers Squibb Devens, MA biologics facility

Bristol-Myers Squibb ($BMY) has been expanding its biologics production capacity as more and more of the drugs it is developing are large-molecule meds. One of those projects is now complete, adding about 200 jobs to a site in the U.S.

The company said this week it had completed its $280 million, 200,000-square-foot project in Devens, MA, adding a clinical manufacturing building and a biologics development building where it will design processes for its early production pipeline efforts. It said both are new capabilities for Devens, a site that had previously focused solely on large-scale, bulk biologics manufacturing.

“Biologics are increasingly important in the treatment of serious diseases and a rapidly growing part of our company’s pipeline of potential new therapies,” said Lou Schmukler, president of BMS global manufacturing and supply, in a release. “Bringing together biologics development and clinical and commercial manufacturing on one campus will help accelerate the development of these innovative medicines for patients worldwide.”

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With its biologics pipeline in mind, the drugmaker is working on what it has described as essentially a twin of the Devens facilities, a 320,000-square-foot facility adjacent to a bulk manufacturing facility in Dublin. The project will have half a dozen 15,000-liter bioreactors and a purification area, as well as office and laboratory space. Between 350 and 400 workers will work at the plant when it is completed in 2019.

- here’s the announcement 

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