Friday, May 20, 2011

Biotech Firm to Add 160 Jobs in Missouri

From Associated Press (May 18, 2011)

BERKELEY, Mo. -- A manufacturer of biologic pharmaceuticals will locate a production facility in the St. Louis County town of Berkeley, retaining 160 workers from a plant it purchased and eventually adding another 160.

Gov. Jay Nixon was in Berkeley Wednesday for the announcement by Gallus Biopharmaceuticals. The company bought the Centocor Biologics facility and plans to hire about 160 Centocor workers. Gallus also plans to create 160 new jobs over the next five years.

The company says it will invest $20 million to expand the existing facility, thanks in part to financial incentives provided by the state.

Nixon says the average salary at Gallus will be about $88,500.

Gallus is a contract manufacturer of clinical and commercial-grade bulk biologics products, which are pharmaceuticals produced from cell cultures.

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