MeiraGTx: artists impression of new Meira facility at Shannon Free Zone
MeiraGTx bring an estimated 100 new high-end Jobs to Midwest
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy
The Midwest has a major job boost as a global biopharma firm confirms expansion plans for Shannon. Up to 100 high-end jobs are estimated to be created by MeiraGTx Holdings plc.
MeiraGTx expects the Irish facilities to provide additional flexibility as well as a further large-scale capacity for clinical and commercial supply of its gene therapy product candidates from pre-clinical stages through clinical trials and potential commercialisation. This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The plasmid production facility is expected to be operational by year-end 2020, while the viral vector manufacturing facility is expected to be operational by year-end 2021.
The new leading-edge facilities are currently under construction and are being developed by Shannon Group’s subsidiary company, Shannon Commercial Properties.
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The facility at Shannon Freezone Business Park, Co. Clare comprising 8,300m2 in two separate buildings will be designed to meet global regulatory requirements, including the cGMP required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The unit at Shannon will be used for the manufacture of MeiraGTx viral vectors for gene therapies and the plasmid DNA that is one of the starting materials in viral vector production.
These facilities are part of a major development programme by Shannon Commercial Properties which by the end of 2020 will have seen them delivered almost one million sq ft of newly refurbished office, aviation and industrial commercial property facilities at Shannon Free Zone since Shannon Group was formed in 2014
The MeiraGTx project in Shannon will create new highly skilled biopharma jobs in the region with a team to include bioprocess scientists, engineers, and technicians for manufacturing, engineering, technical and quality roles.
Shannon Group has welcomed the announcement. Welcoming Meira to Shannon, Rose Hynes Chairman of Shannon Group stated that their decision to locate in Shannon Free Zone and the anticipated job creation, “validates the decision by Shannon Group to commence this development programme in the Shannon Free Zone and comes on top of significant investments by Jaguar Land Rover, Edwards Lifesciences and GE Sensing in commercial property solutions developed by Shannon Group in the Shannon Free Zone.”
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