WuXi Biologics Makes Second Major Investment in Ireland
12 December, 2019
WuXi Biologics, a global open-access biologics technology platform company offering end-to-end solutions for biologics discovery, development, and manufacturing, said that its subsidiary WuXi Vaccines, engaged in human vaccine contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) business, is to invest $240 million and build a new vaccine manufacturing facility in Ireland. This investment follows the 20-year manufacturing Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by WuXi Vaccines earlier this year.
Under the LOI, this new dedicated vaccine manufacturing facility, including drug substance manufacturing (MFG15), drug product manufacturing (DP5) as well as Quality Control labs (QC), will supply a vaccine product of a large global pharma for the global market. The new vaccine manufacturing facility, subject to planning approval, will be located within the WuXi Biologics Campus adjacent to the "Factory of the Future" biologics drug substance manufacturing facility which is scheduled for commercial manufacturing in 2021.
The investment will create 200 highly-skilled jobs in WuXi Vaccines, which is in addition to the 400 roles announced last year by WuXi Biologics for Dundalk.
"A second major investment by WuXi Biologics on its Dundalk site is very welcome news,” said Eileen Sharpe, divisional manager growth markets, Europe and emerging business at Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Ireland. “As the first vaccines contract manufacturing facility in Ireland, this planned second project will considerably strengthen our life sciences ecosystem and reinforce Ireland's strong manufacturing capabilities."
Dr. Chris Chen, chief executive officer, WuXi Biologics and chairman of WuXi Vaccines, said, "We're excited to dedicate our first vaccine manufacturing facility in Ireland to enable a large global pharma in the field of vaccines. Due to process complexity, extensive analytic testing and rigorous regulatory standards, vaccines are difficult to manufacture, and process and quality control are extremely critical for the quality of the product. This new project to exclusively manufacture a vaccine for a global large pharma to supply the global market is among the first of its kind in the industry and is a further testimony to the technical strengths, premier quality, and commercial manufacturing expertise which WuXi Biologics will bring to Dundalk. WuXi Biologics, together with WuXi Vaccines, is continuing providing our global partners with a robust and premier-quality supply chain network to produce high-quality biologics to benefit patients worldwide."
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