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Texas A&M System partners with GlaxoSmithKline for influenza vaccine facility
Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:00 am | Updated: 10:07 am, Tue Mar 26, 2013.
By ALLEN REED firstname.lastname@example.org | 0 comments
The Texas A&M University system has announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to establish a $91 million influenza vaccine-manufacturing facility in Bryan-College Station. Gov. Rick Perry said the company will generate billions of dollars worth of expenditures per year and will create close to 7,000 jobs.
The TAMUS influenza vaccine-manufacturing center will facilitate a rapid national vaccine response in the event of a pandemic.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Austin Tuesday morning, more than a hundred miles away from the the Center of Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing in the Bryan-College Station biocorridor.
The 196-acre corridor is along the shared border near Easterwood Airport. City officials worked alongside Texas A&M for years to develop the area in hopes of luring biotechnology companies and startups to Bryan-College Station.
Those efforts were, in part, realized on Tuesday.
“We are honored to welcome GSK to Texas A&M as a key partner in the Center for Innovation,” said system Chancellor John Sharp in a press release. “GSK’s dedication to public service is well-aligned with the Texas A&M tradition of serving the nation and defining its future through research and scholarship. Equally important is the cultural and philosophical match between GSK and the A&M System, as reflected by GSK’s desire to collaborate with academia and the U.S. government, and their ongoing commitment to helping address global health scourges such as pandemic influenza and malaria.”
Antoon Loomans, Senior Vice President, GSK Vaccines, represented GSK at the event.
“GSK is privileged to deepen our commitment to U.S. public health, as part of this unprecedented public-private collaboration to protect against pandemics and bio-threats,” said Loomans in the release. “In Texas A&M we have found a partner with a rich tradition of service, and with pioneering technologies that will benefit the entire pharmaceutical industry in making vaccines available and accessible to all in need.”
The center’s influenza manufacturing facility will be able to supply 50 million doses of pandemic influenza vaccine within four months of an outbreak, according to the release. The federal government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority conceived the public-private formula to assure a strong biosecurity product development and manufacturing base on U.S. soil, ensuring that the nation would have rapid access to vaccines and therapeutics in the advent of influenza pandemics, or chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks.
“Today’s announcement is a huge win for Texas and for the nation,” Perry said. “The Texas A&M Center, anchored by this facility, is expected to bring more than $41 billion in expenditures within the state of Texas over the next 25 years, and will add more than 6,800 direct and related jobs to Texas.”
The Texas AM University system has announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to establish a $91 million influenza vaccine-manufacturing facility in Bryan-College Station. Gov. Rick Perry said the company will generate billions of dollars worth of expenditures per year and will create close to 7,000 jobs.
Wow, very nice!
That's Crazy!! Whoop!!
...who the heck seriously knows except God, and Sumlin. ~ Aggiemom6
Anyone own any real estate in the Bryan/College Station area?
Great news! .. isn't this though the same announcement from a year ago about a national "grant" for a medical/vaccine facility to be located in cs, one of 4 locations in the entire country?
I think so, but this is the first announcement of official plans.
I've always looked into it and wanted to buy a couple of duplexes.
You bet your ass Sumlin will use this in his recruiting.
I can see it now:
"Big Maroon Pharmaceuticals"
Win we shall, yes we can, yes we will.
This is a really, really big deal guys. I hope y'all realize that.
Oh no doubt about that Hugh. I think I read it's like the biggest federal grant since NASA or something crazy like that. HUGE for BCS and A&M.
Also, when the zombie apocalypse hits, we won't have far to travel for the miracle cure.
SIDENOTE: How aggressive would zombie BJ Anderson be for human flesh?
You know he's gonna be hungry, but would he have the motivation to get up and search for it?
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Imart better step his game up. You just raised the bar for clever BJ Anderson insults.
Just closed last Thursday on my first house. Precisely .8 miles from Kyle
Lucky son of a...
Anyone in the know about this thing? I know there aren't many details out there yet, but I'm wondering if its strictly a manufacturing facility or is there going to be Bio research done there too? If so, will there be primates, rodents or both used? Any info is appreciated.
I think they're mainly going to do testing on Blinn students.
Ok, now this is impressive
Cool headline... marketing the biggest numbers, though that full impact is supposed to occur over a 25 year period... and really, if people can predict things that far in advance in the world of business and economics, they wouldn't share that prediction in a newspaper! ;)
Anyways, good get for College Station, for sure. I don't know how much of a medical hub Texas is. The pharma side of things is pretty much concentrated in NJ/Philly, Boston, SF, and RTP for the most part. In fact, GSK's North American HQ was in Philly until recently, when it officially moved to RTP, but most of the R&D and other ops still are in Philly.
There is also a very big medical manufacturing complex run by a Johnson & Johnson outfit (Ethicon) in San Angelo. They are perhaps the biggest single maker of surgical sutures in America. The reason for siting the plant there, back in 1964, was precisely because it is a sparsely populated area that would likely not be among the first round of targets for Soviet atomic missiles; they wanted a site that could survive an attack, be less vulnerable to attack, and provide medicines and surgical supplies during/after an attack.
Thought I'd share some interesting tidbits of the industry ... ;)
meanwhile, over in the UT world, they can't seem to hold on to a vial...
Texas Biolab loses vial containing deadly Guanarito virus
The Galveston National Laboratory lost one of five vials containing a deadly Venezuelan virus, ABC News reported Monday.
The University of Texas Medical Branch said Saturday that there was no breach in the security its Galveston National Laboratory and no indication of wrongdoing. Officials suspect the missing vial containing the Guanarito virus was destroyed during the lab's cleaning process but the investigation continues.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the vial contained around a quarter of a teaspoon of the Guanarito virus, and was one of five such vials stored at the facility. But during last week's inspection of the lab (a regular, routine occurrence), UTMB lab workers discovered that one of the vials had been misplaced from the biohazard freezer in which it had been stored.
What is Guanarito?
Like Ebola, the missing Guanarito virus causes hemorrhagic fever, an illness named for "bleeding under the skin, in internal organs or from body orifices like the mouth, eyes, or ears," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to a report in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, this form of Venezuelan hemorrhagic fever has a fatality rate of 33%, despite "hospitalization and vigorous supportive care" of patients. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, convulsions, and other equally unpleasant symptoms, like death.
The medical branch says the virus, native to Venezuela, is transmitted only through contact with Venezuelan rats. It is not believed to be able to survive in U.S. rodents or to be transmitted person-to-person.
Yup, that's a phrase you don't wanna read. Hopefully the cleaning procedure they refer to includes incineration. And hopefully they're serious about there not being a security breach.
That's a BSL-4 Lab. Stuff doesn't just disappear in a BSL-4 Lab. We had an empty bottle of Ketamine turn up missing from one of our BSL-2 labs and the FBI was sent in to investigate. If something came up missing from our BSL-3 lab, shit would be on lockdown and there would be some serious questioning of all staff. Someone took that vial, either that or effed up and did something to cover it up to keep from losing their job. Either that or they have some serious issues with how that lab is run.
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