Albuquerque, NM, March 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and company officials announced today that Curia, formerly AMRI, a premier contract research, development and manufacturing organization plan, is expanding its operational facilities in New Mexico and plans to significantly increase its workforce.
The company is expected to have up to 274 employees in Albuquerque with an average salary of over $50,000. The State of New Mexico is contributing up to $5 million to support the expansion with assistance from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) Job Creation Fund. The company is also eligible for state assistance for employee skills training through JTIP, New Mexico’s highly touted job training incentive program.
The 65,000 square foot expansion includes the addition of a new advanced insulated high-speed fill-finish vial line – which includes biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) containment, two freeze dryers, advanced freeze dryer technology, automated visual inspection, automated packing capacity, ultra-cold storage capacity and enhanced security features – at its Alexander Boulevard facility. Curia is also adding an insulated flexible filling line for vials, syringes and cartridges at its Balloon Park Road facility.
“New Mexico continues to attract sophisticated companies that are leading global health care and science,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “My administration is committed to supporting these innovative, high-paying businesses, so they thrive and New Mexico’s workforce and families benefit.”
The City of Albuquerque has tentatively pledged up to $500,000 to the project, subject to final approval by the Albuquerque City Council.
Curia is expected to invest over $100 million in the property and the project is expected to have a potential economic impact of over $1 billion over the next decade, thanks in part to this expansion.
“Albuquerque has quickly become a Southwestern bioscience hub, attracting new companies and making our presence known in the industry through our thriving startup ecosystem and supporting infrastructure,” said Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim Keller. “Together, we will continue to foster this growing industry, create great jobs, and create opportunity for future generations of Albuquerque.”
“Governor. Lujan Grisham’s leadership in targeting economic assistance to industries such as biosciences and advanced manufacturing is reshaping economic development in New Mexico,” said Alicia J. Keyes, Secretary to the Cabinet of the Department of economic development “We are focusing our resources on job-rich and better paying industries of the future, and we are seeing again with Curia and other investments that this strategy is working.”
Curia recently announced a cooperation agreement with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological , Radiological and Nuclear Defense and the US Army Contracting Command to support domestic production of injectable drugs.
Curia’s existing facility in Albuquerque supports the delivery of various products used to save and improve lives, including treatments and vaccines for cancer and cardiovascular, autoimmune, infectious and rare diseases. The Albuquerque site is also the location of Curia’s “Barren University”. A unique training program in the pharmaceutical industry, Sterile University provides a simulated sterile manufacturing environment that replicates facilities, equipment, operations and protocols so employees can develop the skills that help them work safely. safely, efficiently and accurately.
“The cures of tomorrow will be the result of investments made today,” said Curia chief executive John Ratliff. “Our Albuquerque plant plays a vital role in our network of facilities, with state-of-the-art equipment and a team of committed professionals.”
“We see this expansion as a great opportunity to have a greater impact in New Mexico, which I’m proud to call our home,” said Jonathan Shoemaker, vice president and general manager of Curia Albuquerque. “We are fortunate to have access to a skilled workforce and strong partnerships in the community, all committed to growing businesses, creating jobs and fulfilling our mission to improve the patient life. »
The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance, the region’s nonprofit private sector economic development organization, provided technical assistance for Curia’s expansion.
“The announcement of the expansion of Curia (AMRI) is further testimony to the competitive position of our region, as well as the commitment at national and local level to supporting the growth of existing businesses. This pharmaceutical industry innovation will bring significant capital investment and net new high-paying jobs to Greater Albuquerque,” said AREA President and CEO Danielle Casey.
About Curia: Curia, formerly AMRI, is a leading research, development and contract manufacturing organization providing products and services ranging from R&D to commercial manufacturing to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers. Curia’s more than 3,700 employees at 29 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia help its clients move from curiosity to healing. Learn more at CuriaGlobal.com.
About the New Mexico Department of Economic Development: The mission of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development is to improve the lives of New Mexico families by increasing economic opportunity and providing a place where businesses can thrive.
About AREA: The Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to lead and execute strategies designed to grow and diversify the economic base of the greater Albuquerque area, creating a thriving economy, diverse and inclusive and raising the standard of living for all. AREA provides confidential assistance to businesses considering the area for expansion and new investment. Since its inception in 1960, AREA has recruited over 250 companies and more than 35,000 jobs to the Albuquerque metro area. AREA also provides support for the retention and expansion of existing industry. For more information, visit ABQ.org.