Why Kazakhstan and Georgia could be clinical trial hubs in the future

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Pharma and biotech companies looking to perform clinical trials in Eastern Asia and Central Asia may want to consider alternatives as the Russia–Ukraine War continues. Georgia and Kazakhstan, for instance, could be possible new venues for life science companies looking to conduct clinical trials. 

Russia and Ukraine both had strong clinical trial growth

Before the war’s disruption, Russia and Ukraine emerged as popular clinical trial sites. But the ongoing war in Ukraine has led to significant sanctions against Russia and logistical troubles. “It has had a great impact on clinical trials,” said Andrey Tarakanov, CEO of the clinical trial logistics firm COREX Logistics (Dublin, Ireland). In addition to its headquarters, COREX has locations in Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia and Belarus.  

The number of clinical trials in Russia has skyrockete…

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Boston Scientific to build new plant outside Atlanta

[Image courtesy of Google]Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) will build a new manufacturing and supply chain facility in the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced today.

Kemp’s office said the $62.5 million investment will bring roughly 340 new jobs to the Peach State over the next seven years.

“As home to some of the leading universities and technical colleges in the country, Georgia produces top talent for growing fields like the life sciences industry,” Kemp said in a news release. “Boston Scientific will find well-educated, well-trained, and hardworking Georgians who are eager to support the company’s life-changing work to fill these new positions. I look forward to seeing the impact of this expansion here in Georgia and far beyond as they keep the Peach State on the cutting edge of medical science.”

Boston Scientific purchased Georgia-based EndoChoice in 2016 and already employs about 300 people in Geo…

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Intuitive Surgical to invest $500M in Georgia campus

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) will spend more than $500 million to expand its Peachtree Corners campus northeast of Atlanta, according to Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp’s office.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.–based robotic surgery systems company — the dominant player in the space — has had a presence in Georgia for a decade. The plan is to expand the Peachtree Corners campus to 750,000 square feet of manufacturing and engineering operations, training facilities for surgeons and hospital care teams, and administrative offices.

The expansion will take place in phases, with completion in 2024. Intuitive plans to add 1,200 jobs on top of the 180 professionals it already has based in Peachtree Corners.

“Intuitive needs a highly educated, committed, and diverse workforce; quality infrastructure; and the right geography to meet the rising demand for minimally invasive surgical technologies,” Intuitive CEO Gary Guthart said in a news release out of Kemp’s o…

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