Aldevron to build 14-acre campus in North Dakota, US
June 05, 2019 – Aldevron, a US-based contract science organisation, has unveiled plans to construct a new 14-acre campus at its headquarters in Fargo,North Dakota.
When completed, the project is expected the help annual capacity to exceed $1bn of plasmid DNA, RNA, gene editing enzymes, and other biologics.
Construction on the first phase of the project will commence in August.
The first two-storey facility will increase Aldevron’s GMP and GMP-Source production capacity up to 10 times its existing production.
Covering an area of 189,000ft², the new facility will be linked to the existing GMP building and is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2021.
Additionally, plans are on to add 20,000ft² of additional Quality Control and product storage space to the company’s current 70,000ft² GMP and GMP-Source manufacturing building, which was opened in September 2018.
The next building to be added is an 89,000ft², two-storey administration and client visit centre, connected to the manufacturing space via skyway.
The final building will be a 96,000ft² research and development, technical operations and training centre.
Upon completion, the total square footage will be nearly 0.5 million ft² and has potential to employ 1,000 staff.
Aldevron said that three new buildings are slated to be constructed over the next three to five years.
Aldevron CEO Michael Chambers said: “This plan is designed to serve the biopharmaceutical industry with the world’s most advanced manufacturing platforms for gene and cell therapy.
“It is an honor for us to provide plasmids, gene editing enzymes, and other biologics to support clinical and commercial applications that our clients are pioneering.”
Chambers further added that the new campus will also enable large-scale production of novel products like nanoplasmids and minicircles.
Aldevron COO Henry Hebel said: “Our industry is growing exponentially. We are building a campus to meet client demand, create a functional and inspiring environment for our staff, and take us to the next level.
“Our robust expansion plan was designed by listening to and engaging with regulatory agencies, industry professionals and most importantly, our clients. The design decisions promote efficiency and scaling, and the next generation of manufacturing optimization.”