FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Opens Cell Culture Process Development Laboratories
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies has announced its opening of the 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art cell culture Process Development Laboratories in Wilton Centre, Teesside. These laboratories were realized through a JPY1 billion ($9M USD) investment which is part of the greater JPY14 billion ($130M USD) expansion announced by FUJIFILM Corporation in April 2017. A grant from Let’s Grow, which is part of The Regional Growth Fund also contributed to the overall investment as part of FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies’ continued growth in the Tees Valley. The new facility will bring new sustainable, high tech jobs to the region.
A dedication ceremony was held on September 12, 2017. “Fujifilm’s investment in a new facility on Teesside demonstrates the strength of the UK’s life sciences sector and brings more highly-skilled jobs to the region,” said Lord Prior. “The UK has a very strong science and innovation base and through our Industrial Strategy we are ensuring we continue to be at the forefront of pioneering research and the destination of choice for inward investment.” Lord Prior of Brampton and Mr. Daisuke Matsunaga, Consul General of Japan in the U.K. addressed the audience of local government members and the biotech community during the event.
The new laboratories will be dedicated to support the Saturn™ mAb Platform cell culture Process Development activities. The Saturn mAb Platform™ is designed to enable rapid access to process development and manufacturing capacity.