Shire Regenerative Medicine, formerly Advanced BioHealing Inc., is building a new campus in San Diego that will create a significant number of jobs, including those in construction and design. Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects and DPR Construction will lead the project, while the land is leased from BioMed Realty. All three companies are members of CREW San Diego.
"This project will generate hundreds of jobs, including much needed construction jobs, during the build-out over the next two years, and we are honored to be a part of it," said Jay Leopold, regional manager of DPR's San Diego office. "We look forward to working with the project partners to implement our high-performance team strategies and create a model facility for attracting more biomedical business here in San Diego."
The high-performance team methodologies improve collaboration between the owner, designers and contractors. To that end, the team will establish a project design office, housing employees from every company working together on a daily basis.
“We are very excited to be a part of the new campus for Shire Regenerative Medicine and are looking forward to the great team atmosphere that will make this project a success," said Andy Darragh, principal-in-charge at Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects. "Being a part of something that will positively affect so many people’s lives is a thrilling opportunity that will be a career highlight for all involved.”
In June 2011, Shire, best known for producing therapies for patients with life-altering conditions, acquired Advanced BioHealing because of its strength in regenerative medicine, manufacturing and commercializing living cell-based therapies. The new campus and facilities will create additional capacity to meet future demand for Shire's lead product, Dermagraft, a bioengineered dermal substitute for treating diabetic foot ulcers.
“This new campus will give us the flexibility and increased capacity we need to develop and manufacture new regenerative medicine therapies and build our foundation for continued growth in this exciting field,” said Kathy McGee, head of real estate for Shire Regenerative Medicine.
Phase 1 of Shire’s Operation for Regenerative Expansion project will be in excess of 150,000 square feet. Spaces at the campus include manufacturing, associated support space, laboratories, warehouse space, commercial operations, corporate administrative functions and amenities. The targeted occupancy for Phase 1 is 2014. The campus will eventually include up to 800,000 square feet of life science space on the 28-acre site along Summers Ridge Road in Sorrento Mesa located between Alere Inc. and the Scripps Proton Therapy Center.
The decision for Shire to expand its presence in San Diego continues to prove that San Diego is the leader in the life sciences industry. San Diego-based Biocom has long supported the biotechnology and life sciences industry in Southern California.
“With Shire’s growing presence here, San Diego’s life science industry again demonstrates that we are a global center of life science innovation, attracting continued attention and investment by multinational biomedical corporations," said Joe Panetta, president of the local trade group. "The products and technologies, the talent, and the future innovative potential of companies such as Shire continue to provide significant growth opportunities for our local economy.”
Biocom estimates that life science employment in San Diego County will reach 44,707 jobs, which is an increase of 22 percent in the past four years.
The life sciences industry in San Diego began to emerge in the 1980s, and since then has become the nation’s leader, housing more than 600 life science and biomedical companies, and more than 80 world-renowned research institutions. The decision for Shire to choose San Diego for its new Regenerative Medicine campus will continue to push San Diego ahead in the life sciences industry and bolster our regional economy for years to come. Shire’s current San Diego presence has 350 employees throughout multiple facilities, including one facility on North Torrey Pines Road and one on Torreyana Road.