Massachusetts officials are in Fall River Wednesday to break ground on a production test facility for biomanufacturing.
State leaders are calling the Massachusetts Accelerator for Biomanufacturing (MAB) a first-in-the-nation center. It has a price tag of $28 million, and some of the financing came from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
UMass Dartmouth's Paul Vigeant told WBUR's Curt Nickisch that the facility will help pharmaceutical startups test their production at small scale.
"So that when they make the migration to the FDA approval process, they’ll know with confidence that they can do that," Vigeant told Curt.
According to state officials, the MAB will become the anchor tenant of the 300-acre SouthCoast Life Science and Technology Park.
Vigeant added to the Fall River Herald News: "[MAB] helps redefine this region as a great location for biomanufacturing."
In their press release, state officials touted that the new center is "just 40 minutes’ drive from [Cambridge's] Kendall Square, the world capital of biotechnology research."
The MAB is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.
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