KBI Biopharma acquires Merck & Co biologics operations in Colorado

KBI will now offer expanded microbial development and manufacturing services up to 1500L scale

KBI Biopharma, a contract development and manufacturing company with facilities in North Carolina, has acquired Merck & Co’s microbial process development and manufacturing operations in Boulder, Colorado. Under the agreement, KBI will provide ongoing development and manufacturing services to Merck, as well as to third party customers.

To date, KBI has helped to advance more than 220 molecules in 55 unique health indications for more than 170 clients around the world. With the addition of these expanded microbial capabilities, the company says it is well positioned to continue to accelerate an even broader range of drug development programmes for its global client base.

'We are very pleased to continue to advance our partnership with Merck, and to welcome this very highly regarded team of scientists in Boulder to the KBI team,' said Joe McMahon, KBI’s President and CEO. 'KBI will now offer expanded microbial development and manufacturing services up to 1500L scale, as well as continuing to offer our current full range of process development, analytical and formulation development and mammalian manufacturing services up to 2000L.'

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