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Paragon opens new biotech manufacturing facility near BWI

Pete Buzy, president and CEO of Paragon Bioservices, and Gov. Larry Hogan at the grand opening of the firm's new manufacturing facility in Anne Arundel County. (Submitted photo)

Pete Buzy, president and CEO of Paragon Bioservices, and Gov. Larry Hogan at the grand opening of the firm’s new manufacturing facility in Anne Arundel County. (Submitted photo)

Paragon Bioservices is opening a manufacturing facility near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that the company says will create 150 job.

The biologics contract development and manufacturing organization said the new facility will help the firm employ 500 people in Maryland by the end of the year.

“The grand opening today of our gene therapy biomanufacturing facility was a huge moment for the Paragon team,” Pete Buzy, Paragon’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “There are only a handful of other CDMOs like Paragon in the world that can do what we do, and we are prepared to meet the manufacturing demands of the double-digit growth in gene therapy that is well under way.”

The 200,000-square-foot facility has 500L and 2000L bioreactors that are used to produce materials used in gene therapy and next generation vaccines.

Paragon has been a fast-growing business in Maryland. When it announced the manufacturing facility project last year, it employed about 225 people at the University of Maryland Biopark in Baltimore. It currently employs about 350 people at its facility in the Biopark.

The new facility is expected to add another 150 jobs.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who toured the facility Thursday, said it is a sign of Maryland’s position as a biotech hub.

“With this new and impressive commercial-scale facility, Paragon Bioservices is helping to solidify Maryland’s position as a premiere location for leading-edge biomanufacturing,” he said in a statement. “Our state has long been a hub for biotechnology research and scientific talent, and this transformational project squarely places Maryland at the forefront of next-generation biotherapeutic manufacturing and personalized medicine.”

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