Merck KGaA (ETR:MRK) subsidiary MilliporeSigma has opened its second facility in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego. The new $110 million, 140,000-ft² facility more than doubles its production capacity supporting viral gene therapy.
The company now has two facilities dedicated to serving customers focused on cell and gene therapy. The facilities can support suspension production of viral vectors at an up to 1,000-liter scale.
Between the two facilities, there are 30 cleanroom suites.
Darmstadt, Germany–based Merck KGaA is undergoing something of a metamorphosis as the company’s new CEO, Belén Garijo, aims to make the company the “global leading scientific and technology enterprise of the 21st century.” In addition, Garijo wants to increase the company’s revenue from the current €17.5 billion to €25 billion by 2025.
Similarly, the company’s MilliporeSigma subsidiary foresees gene therapy transforming from a therapy for rare diseases to a treatment for larger patient populations. “As a leader in viral vector manufacturing, this increase in capacity and scale is the next step in enabling our customers to bring new curative treatments to market,” said Matthias Heinzel, CEO, life science at Merck KGaA, in a statement.
Merck KGaA acquired Millipore Corp. for $ 7.2 billion in 2010 and Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in 2015. The MilliporeSigma subsidiary is the result of those acquisitions.
Merck KGaA’s share price ticked up 2% today to €191.50.