Medicago USA starts vaccine production in North Carolina

Published: 13-Sep-2011

Expects to take full occupancy of plant in October

Medicago USA, a subsidiary of Canadian biotechnology firm Medicago, has started operations at its 97,000ft2 plant-based vaccine facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

‘Commencing operations at our state-of-the-art vaccine facility within a year of holding our groundbreaking ceremony is a remarkable accomplishment,’ said Mike Wanner, vice president US operations at Medicago USA.

‘Keeping a technology-transfer project of this magnitude on schedule is a testament to our science, our manufacturing platform and our team.’

A partial occupancy permit has allowed Medicago to begin seeding operations immediately with full occupancy expected at the end of October.

Medicago has signed a US$21m Technology Investment Agreement with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the vaccine facility.

The firm intends to demonstrate its capacity to produce 10 million doses/month of influenza vaccines with the potential for further expansion in the future.

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