Porton medicine factory starts work on new facility

Porton medicine factory starts work on new facility

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 2:26pm 16th May 2016.

Porton Biopharma makes drugs for children with cancer and is building a new multi-million pound plant.

A South Wiltshire company will soon be able to make more life-saving drugs for children with leukeamia.

Porton Biopharma (PBL) has started work on a new multi-million pound facility filled with state-of-the-art equipment.

Their factory, on the Porton Down Science Park, is the only one in the world that's licensed to make a particular drug, Erwinase, that's given to children with cancer.

Pictured above is an artists impression of how the facility is expected to look.

Salisbury's MP John Glen has 'broken the ground' to begin the construction with it all expected to be ready within 2 years.

He's pictured below helping with the start of the building process.

Porton Biopharma New Facility May 2016 2 (PBL)

Porton Biopharma New Facility May 2016 3 (PBL)

The long building process is because once it's built, there'll need to be rigorous testing to make sure conditions are just right for making the vital medicines.

The new factory will also have a viewing gallery so people can watch the scientists working on site.

It's all being funded through a capital grant from the Department of Health.

This comes just a couple of months after Porton Biopharma opened their new freeze-drying facility, on the same site as Public Health England - you can read about that on our news page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

Dr Roger Hinton Managing Director of PBL said:

"To see the start of the construction stage for this new fermentation facility represents an exciting moment of progress for all of us who are dedicated to growing PBL, since it will enable us to produce more of our products that truly make a difference to patients' lives."

MP for Salisbury John Glen said:

"I am delighted to be here at the initiation of this new phase of construction for PBL, which is going from strength to strength by investing in its facilities in order to cement its position as a leading local life-science company securing important high-value jobs for the area."

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