On Monday, July 14, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, visited AstraZeneca’s Frederick Manufacturing Center in Maryland to learn more about the complex process of biologics manufacturing and the role of the facility in producing medicines used by millions of patients worldwide.
During the visit, the Senator joined AstraZeneca executives in a discussion about the importance of innovation in biotechnology, and how the company and the industry are working to make a positive impact on community health and the local economy. AstraZeneca also provided the Senator an overview of its Frederick manufacturing operations situated on a 33 acre campus and consisting of three buildings, where the company manufactures both commercial and clinical biologics. Afterward, the Senator met and mingled with employees over lunch.
“In Maryland, life sciences are the life blood of our economy. Here at AstraZeneca, I heard first-hand the importance of biotech in promoting community health and supporting research, innovation and manufacturing jobs here in Frederick,” said Senator Mikulski.
“I’m proud to support research and innovation jobs in Maryland’s biotech industry, keeping our state competitive in the global economy. By working to develop safe and effective treatments, we can help ensure that our nation’s health care providers have the tools they need to keep families healthy.”
AstraZeneca’s Frederick Manufacturing Center is an FDA licensed, large-scale cell culture production facility, with hundreds of thousands of square feet of administrative, production, warehouse, laboratory and utility space. The center is the largest biologics manufacturing facility within AstraZeneca’s global network and portfolio of assets, and a global industry leader in cell culture manufacturing.
The Frederick Manufacturing Center has been recognized with a number of awards, including an Economic Development Project Award from the Department of Economic Development for the City of Frederick, and a Silver Award as part of the Healthy Workplace Award Program, a joint effort among Frederick’s Regional Health System, the county Health Department, and the Chamber of Commerce, honoring businesses for their commitment to employee health and well-being.