North Chicago-based AbbVie Inc. said it is making a $320 million investment to establish operations in Singapore for small molecule and biologics active drug substance manufacturing.
The completed facility will provide manufacturing capacity for emerging compounds within AbbVie's oncology and immunology pipeline to serve markets globally.
The investment will establish the first manufacturing presence in Asia by AbbVie. Other AbbVie operations in Asia include research and development functions in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China, as well as commercial operations throughout the region. AbbVie's existing presence in Singapore includes 120 personnel, supporting commercial operations, global R&D and general operations.
"As Asia's fastest-growing bio-cluster, Singapore is an ideal location to expand our manufacturing network while maintaining rigorous standards of quality and delivery for the patients we serve around the world," said Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Operations at AbbVie. "Our presence in Singapore will help assure geographic balance and continuity of product supply as well as increased capacity to deliver on our growing biologics and small molecule product pipeline."
"We are very pleased that Singapore will host AbbVie's first manufacturing facility in Asia. This investment is a testament of Singapore's strong biologics manufacturing capabilities. To support the continued growth of this sector, Singapore will be investing heavily in human capital development, and new programs will be put in place to train biologics manufacturing talent ahead of demand," said Kevin Lai, Director, Biomedical Sciences of the Singapore Economic Development Board.
The investment is expected to result in additional head count of more than 250 new employees. AbbVie anticipates the new facility will be fully operational by 2019.
AbbVie is focused on delivering its small molecule and biologics pipeline to address significant unmet medical needs and advance the well-being of patients across the following therapeutic areas: immunology, liver disease, oncology, neuroscience and kidney disease. The company's unique offerings stem from its 125-year pharmaceutical development heritage combined with the innovative focus of a biotech.
AbbVie's current manufacturing network includes 12 sites across the United States, Europe and Puerto Rico, as well as strategic partnerships with third-party manufacturers.