A global biotechnology company, Amicus Therapeutics is establishing a new Global Research and Gene Therapy Center of Excellence in uCity Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The new facility will be located at 3675 Market Street in uCity Square, a 6.5 million square-foot, mixed-use knowledge community consisting of office, laboratory, clinical, residential and retail space designed to enable university and corporate research, entrepreneurial activity and community engagement.
According to company officials, the center will advance the company’s “commitment to world-class science that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of people living with rare metabolic diseases. Philadelphia is a well-regarded ecosystem for biotechnology and gene therapy research and offers an ideal environment for Amicus to advance its pipeline, attract and retain top talent and foster external collaborations within the rare diseases.”
John F. Crowley, Chairman & CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, stated, “This Amicus Global Research and Gene Therapy Center of Excellence is an important next step in the evolution of our science, research and gene therapy capabilities.”
“ In considering locations, Philadelphia became the clear choice as a burgeoning hub for medical breakthroughs. The proximity to our collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania and other major academic centers and hospitals in the area also provides a tremendous opportunity to advance our commitment to gene therapies. Philadelphia is easily accessible to New Jersey, which has been a strong contributor to our success and will remain the location of our global headquarters,” he said.
“As Amicus continues to expand globally, my hope is that the great science to come from our research in Philadelphia will one day soon lead to medicines with the potential to alleviate an enormous amount of suffering. This is our mission at Amicus and we are honored to be a part of the exciting Philadelphia research community,” Crowley explained.
The new 75,000 sq. ft. Center will be completed in the second half of 2019 and will serve as the headquarters for the global Amicus science organization and the gene therapy leadership team. Amicus said it expects up to 200 employees to eventually be based at the new Philadelphia facility. The Company is maintaining global business operations in Cranbury, New Jersey, and international headquarters in Marlow, United Kingdom.
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, commented, “The City of Philadelphia is committed to fostering innovative companies, academic institutions, and hospitals that are focused on the latest advancements in research and development, while also elevating the patient experience within our healthcare systems. Amicus Therapeutics is an established leader in biotechnology with a unique and intense patient-dedicated mission. The Company’s presence and investment in Philadelphia will create additional opportunities that will be highly influential as our city continues its transformation into a major global biotech hub.”