Lonza to Acquire a U.S. Clinical Manufacturing Site to Support Ongoing Customer Demand

October 03,2017
  • Site is being acquired from Shire plc and adds early-phase clinical manufacture on the West Coast
  • Capacity includes 1,000L and 2,000L single-use bioreactors, all associated media & buffer prep and downstream purification capabilities
  • Facility will complement existing clinical assets in Slough (UK) and enhance Lonza’s capability to support its customers’ products throughout their lifecycle
  • All 100+ former Shire site personnel will have opportunity to continue in their role with Lonza

Basel, Switzerland, 3 October 2017 – Lonza announced today that it is acquiring a clinical-stage mammalian manufacturing site in the United States from Shire plc. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The 58,000-square-foot (approximately 5,388-square-meter) site, located in Hayward, CA (USA), has been operating as a multiproduct cGMP facility since 1990 and has 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.

In response to Lonza’s Pharma&Biotech customers’ increasing demand for clinical-stage manufacturing capacity, the acquisition of the site will provide additional cGMP capacity and will supplement our 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, for 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."

“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,” said Matt Walker, Shire’s Head of Technical Operations. “Moving forward, Lonza will serve as a partner to Shire, managing the manufacture and supply of reagents used in a number of Shire products.”

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