Scorpion Biological Services Announces New Kansas Biomanufacturing Facility

Scorpion Biological Services, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on cell- and gene-based therapies, has announced their plan to build a $60 million biodefense-focused plant in Kansas. This plan includes the use of a planned development partnership with a private developer, the state of Kansas, and university affiliates.

The new plant will be 500, 000 sq ft and intended to service around 144, 000 L of biomanufacturing capacity across 48 bioreactors for the production of large molecule biologics.

One specific goal of the Kansas plant will be to support scale production of Anthim (obiltoxaximab), an antitoxin against anthrax, which could be used in defense against a potential anthrax attack when alternative therapies are not available or are not appropriate.

The firm intends to use a US-based supply chain and to develop trains focused on products for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Scorpion says this is partly because 70% of the drug products in the SNS will be gone over the next four years. 

Scorpion anticipates that the facility will be complete, fully operational and staffed by April 2027. Once complete, the firm anticipates employing over 500 individuals, largely from the local talent pool.

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