Jacobs secures contract to build gene therapy centre for Spark Therapeutics

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jun 2022 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Spark Therapeutics has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract to US-based Jacobs to build its gene therapy innovation centre in US.

The multi-storey centre, to come up in University City area of West Philadelphia, will be a key centre of excellence in the area of gene therapy manufacturing.

According to Spark Therapeutics, the project will see an initial investment of $575m.

The 500,000ft2 centre is expected to be ready in 2026.

Spark had revealed its plans to set up the gene therapy innovation centre in December 2021.

It had signed a 99-year ground lease of Drexel University’s property with an aim to tap life sciences talent and bring together gene therapy experts.

The innovation facility is set to expand the company’s presence in Philadelphia. It is also expected to create options for collaboration with Drexel University and the life sciences community in Philadelphia.

Founded in 2013, Spark has been working on providing solutions to help people affected by genetic diseases ranging from blindness to neurodegenerative diseases.

Jacobs Advanced Facilities senior vice president Koti Vadlamudi said, “Our goal is to build an innovative facility that supports Spark’s mission to drive science forward.

“It will also be the first gene therapy manufacturing facility of its size in Philadelphia. We stand ready to support Spark’s vision of a world where no life is limited by genetic disease.”

So far, Jacobs has catered to over 30 clients in the field of cell and gene therapy. The company has handled various projects including production units.


Image: The 500,000ft2 centre is expected to be ready in 2026. Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay.


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