PharmaForce investing $145M in Ohio sterile injectables operations

CDMO PharmaForce, a unit of Japan's Daiichi Sankyo that makes sterile injectable drugs, is expanding its capacity at facilities in Ohio.

A U.S. unit of Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo that makes sterile injectable drugs is expanding its capacity at facilities inn Ohio, pledging to add nearly 80 jobs in the process.

CDMO PharmaForce will invest about $145 million to add 140,000 square feet to its New Albany, Ohio, manufacturing and warehouse operations, according to an announcement from development group Columbus 2020. It will also add about 1,800 square feet to a production facility in Hilliard, Ohio. Work is set to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

PharmaForce is a unit of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, which also owns American Regent. Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, in turn, is a unit of Daiichi Sankyo.

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