Baxalta kicks off new Georgia bioscience training center
COVINGTON, Ga. — State officials and executives from Baxalta, Inc. recently cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the new $14 million Georgia BioScience Training Center in Newton County.
“A skilled, professionally trained and qualified workforce is essential for Georgia to usher in a new era of bioscience industry,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “The BioScence Training Center is a showcase destination where biotech prospects and industry groups can see the level of support and training expertise Georgia can provide.”
The training center is located near the site of Baxalta’s $1 billion bio-manufacturing facility. The training center is owned by the State of Georgia and operated by Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia.
The new training center is currently dedicated to Baxalta training and includes flexible space to accommodate the training needs of additional life sciences companies that choose to locate or expand in Georgia.
“Our employees are the core of this mission,” said John Furey, senior vice president and head of global operations of Baxalta. “With Georgia Quick Start’s help, we will continue to attract and train top talent in the area to join our Baxalta team.”
Baxalta is a global bio-pharmaceutical company developing and manufacturing therapies for orphan diseases and under-served conditions in hematology, oncology and immunology. The Baxalta Global Innovation and R&D Center is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Launched in 2015 following separation from Baxter International, Baxalta has advanced biological manufacturing operations across 12 facilities and headquarters in Northern Illinois.
The new training facility, located on Stanton Springs Parkway in Covington, features custom-made technology that simulates Baxalta’s biomanufacturing processes, such as centrifugation, chromatography, nanofiltration and aseptic filling. It also has space for the aseptic production of pharmaceutical grade clinical samples. The training center is equipped to deliver training on a wide range of advanced manufacturing technologies, including mechatronics, metrology and process controls.
“A key part of ensuring our facility’s success is having the right people on the ground to manufacture our treatments efficiently and effectively,” said Jacopo Leonardi , executive vice president and president of Baxalta’s immunology division. “We are grateful to have an industry-leading partner in Georgia Quick Start at our side, who will help ensure this facility adds to our gold standard in this practice area.”
Georgia is home to more than 400 life science companies, 225 health information technology companies, more than 130 hospitals, 40 leading health organizations–including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society–eight research universities and numerous industry partnerships.