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Lonza Buys U.S. Clinical Mfg. Site From Shire


Site adds early-phase clinical manufacture on the West Coast

Lonza is acquiring a 58,000 square foot clinical-stage mammalian manufacturing site in the U.S. from Shire. The site is located in Hayward, CA and has been operating as a multiproduct cGMP facility since 1990 with a successful regulatory track record. Assets include 1,000L and 2,000L single-use bioreactors and associated downstream capabilities. Currently the site employs more than 100 personnel, all of whom will have the opportunity to continue in their role with Lonza. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Lonza’s, the purchase of the site was necessary to meet increasing demand for clinical-stage manufacturing capacity from its customers. The acquisition of the site provides additional cGMP capacity and will supplement existing assets in Slough, UK. Lonza customer batches will be initiated in 2018.

“As a committed partner to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Lonza recognizes the need for established and dependable global manufacturing facilities,” said Karen Fallen, vice president, business unit head, clinical development, Lonza. "The acquisition of this site allows our customers greater access to clinical capacity from a U.S. site. The additional capacity will support the needs of our customers to secure manufacture for their products’ complete lifecycle across Lonza’s global manufacturing network."

Matt Walker, head of technical operations, Shire, said, “We are confident in Lonza’s ability to continue the important work happening in Hayward and are pleased that they recognized the talent of the team already in place. Moving forward, Lonza will serve as a partner to Shire, managing the manufacture and supply of reagents used in a number of Shire products.”