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Adaptimmune Therapeutics Plans U.S. Headquarters-Clinical Operations Center In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

10/09/2015
Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc., a British-based clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the use of T-cell therapy to treat cancer, plans to locate its U.S. headquarters and clinical operations in a newly developed facility to be constructed at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 47,400 square foot facility, located at 351 Rouse Boulevard in The Navy Yard’s Corporate Center, will house a state-of-the-art cGMP manufacturing facility designed to support the clinical development and initial commercialization of the Company’s novel engineered immunotherapies for cancer.

Adaptimmune, represented by CBRE, has entered into a long-term lease agreement for its United States headquarters building being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners. CBRE’s Project Management Group will also advise Adaptimmune in the construction phase of the project, company officials said.

"Adaptimmune is in a period of rapid growth on both sides of the Atlantic, and we are putting in place the facilities to enable us to deliver our promising pipeline into the clinic and beyond,” said James Noble, CEO of Adaptimmune. “This exciting new Philadelphia facility allows us to expand our clinical and early commercial manufacturing and control associated costs in anticipation of the commercialization of our product candidates. We are delighted to be working in partnership with key players in Pennsylvania and we regard our commitment to The Navy Yard as a vote of confidence in the city and the region as a powerhouse for scientific and medical achievement.”

“We started Adaptimmune in 2008 through a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, and we have had roots in Philadelphia ever since. The location provides us with an environment that promotes strong business growth and innovation, as well as access to a rich pool of scientific and clinical talent that we will use to place more than 110 new jobs to the area in the near future,” he added.

Since its inception in 2008 in Oxford, U.K., Adaptimmune has collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania and launched its own U.S. operation in February 2011. The Company rapidly expanded its clinical programs while operating out of the University City Science Center, Philadelphia, and is currently running trials in multiple cancers across the U.S. In May 2015, Adaptimmune achieved a successful IPO on NASDAQ; generating net proceeds in excess of $176M, and is advancing a promising pipeline of therapeutic candidates based on its proprietary T-cell engineering platform.

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