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Ohio’s growing biotech hub is a launchpad for innovation

On November 5, 2021 Amgen, a multinational biopharmaceutical company, broke ground on a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility just outside of Columbus, Ohio. The new facility will be one of Amgen’s most high-tech manufacturing operations to date. A California-based company, Amgen turned to Ohio when it was time to expand again. For those who aren’t in-the-know about Ohio’s biotech hub, the decision might seem surprising. But in fact, Amgen is the latest company to join the rapidly growing base of innovators putting down roots in the state.

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About the Facility

Amgen Ohio will manufacture aseptic fill finish, packaging, labeling and fulfillment operations for the company’s biologic products. The new facility represents a capital investment of $365 million and will create approximately 400 new jobs in Ohio.

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Amgen facility

Amgen and Ohio

$365M
Capital investment
400
New jobs in Ohio
270K
Square-foot facility

Perfect For Innovation

Amgen chose Ohio because Ohio is the perfect incubator for innovation in life sciences and biotechnology. The state’s ever-expanding talent pool consists of over 80,000 bioscience professionals. Several top universities located in Ohio, including The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati and Case Western Reserve University, graduate talented scientists and engineers every year who continue to enhance the workforce.

Ohio’s three largest metros, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, form a thriving healthcare ecosystem that is made up of a robust network of researchers, entrepreneurs and healthcare providers. The state is home to 15 health systems, including nationally-regarded institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in addition to a strong biomedical research industry.

“Amgen's choice to build a cutting-edge facility where approximately 400 Ohioans will assemble and package medicines that will positively benefit the lives of millions of those battling serious illnesses globally is great news for the state of Ohio.”
Mike DeWine
Governor of Ohio

The Workforce of Tomorrow

Amgen’s choice highlights how Ohio’s favorable healthcare ecosystem can be leveraged to help innovative companies continue to grow and thrive. The company has begun forming partnerships in the community that will boost an already talented workforce and nurture the next generation of biotech and manufacturing experts.

The Ohio State University and its College of Engineering and Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge proactively offered to support Amgen’s workforce and innovation needs by committing to co-developing an internship program and working together on additional experiential learning opportunities.

“When operational, Amgen Ohio will be a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, which will enable us to continue to bring new, innovative medicines to every patient, every time.”
Sandra Rodriguez-Toledo
Vice President of Site Operations, Amgen Ohio
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