AGC Biologics Enters Agreement to Acquire Facility in Longmont, CO, Eyeing to Significantly Expand Their Cell and Gene Therapy Capabilities and Offerings
By: Colorado BioScience Association Date: 07/02/2021
AGC Biologics, a leading global biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), announced the signing of a purchase agreement for a state-of-the-art Cell and Gene Therapy commercial manufacturing facility in Longmont, Colorado, currently owned by Novartis Gene Therapies. Once the transaction closes, pending final due diligence, the facility will equip AGC Biologics with significant additional capacity and space to continue to expand its end-to-end Cell and Gene Therapy (C>) offering, ensuring security of supply for current and future C> customers. This facility is only 16 miles from AGC Biologics’ state-of-the-art large-scale stainless steel mammalian facility in Boulder, CO.This news comes just three months after AGC Biologics announced an expansion at its Center of Excellence for Cell and Gene Therapy in Milan, Italy. AGC has invested heavily in C> services since the acquisition and integration of MolMed in 2020, and AGC Biologics is now one of the very few CDMO’s in the world offering end-to-end C> services, including plasmid production of all grades.
The Longmont facility adds 622,000 square feet of operations and office space within six buildings on the sprawling 229-acre overall campus, located 40 minutes north of Denver. AGC Biologics aims to hire a significant percentage of the talented staff employed by Novartis at the facility.
“The Longmont facility fits perfectly into AGC’s long-term growth and expansion plans,” says AGC Biologics Chief Executive Officer, Patricio Massera. “This move is driven by our dedication to satisfy the needs of our current and future customers.”
“Adding this facility into our global network will be one more step towards our vision of being able to offer our partners, whatever they need it, wherever they need it,” says AGC Biologics Chief Business Officer, Mark Womack.“
About AGC Biologics:
AGC Biologics is a leading global biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with a strong commitment to deliver the highest standard of service as we work side-by-side with our clients and partners, every step of the way. We provide world-class development and manufacture of mammalian and microbial-based therapeutic proteins, plasmid DNA (pDNA), viral vectors, and genetically engineered cells. Our global network spans the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with cGMP-compliant facilities in Seattle, Washington; Boulder, Colorado; Copenhagen, Denmark; Heidelberg, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Chiba, Japan and we currently employ more than 1,800 employees worldwide. Our commitment to continuous innovation fosters the technical creativity to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, including specialization in fast-track projects and rare diseases. AGC Biologics is the partner of choice. To learn more, visit www.agcbio.com.