Monday, May 12, 2008

Pfizer to build Irish biologics plant

07-May-2008 - Pfizer's plans for a new €190m manufacturing plant in Shanbally, Ireland suggest that the firm is intent on fulfilling its pledge to become a "top five biologics producer in the next eight years."

The facility will produce small quantities of candidate drugs for clinical trials, creating around 100 jobs when it becomes operational at the end of 2009. It will be built on the 28-acre vacant lot adjacent to Pfizer's existing Ringaskiddy manufacturing unit that has been the subject of much speculation since the firm applied for planning permission last summer.

Pfizer spokeswoman Tara Delaney told that the unit will "manufacture and purify a variety of mammalian cell derived proteins at pilot scale on behalf of PGR&D [Pfizer Global Research and Development]," She went on to say that Jacobs Engineering will manage the construction project but added that it was too early to discuss the specific facilities that will be available at the site.

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