Vacaville, Vacaville, is offering development opportunities to the biotech industry

Vacaville, Vacaville, is offering development opportunities to the biotech industry ...

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Why is Vacaville, CA, so positioned to become a major regional biomanufacturing hub?

The city of Vacaville has established a biomanufacturing hub since the first large-scale manufacturer arrived in the 1980s. The city leveraged its proximity to the Bay Area, affordable land and housing, a skilled workforce, and rapid permitting expertise to expand its biotech industry for the last 35 years. Biomanufacturing companies provide direct financial benefit to the community and also provide indirect benefits with a multiplier.

What financial, educational, and technical resources does the city of Vacaville use to accomplish this?

Close to one of the world's most established biomanufacturing centers, Vacaville continues to profit on its ability to have ground available. Local colleges and universities are dedicated to biotechnology education and training, and there is a large network of businesses. Financial incentives include property and sales tax programs, as well as resources sponsored by the State of Californias training and CalCompetes programs.

The California Biomanufacturing Center (CBC) is a non-profit organization established in one of the original Gardens of Eden for biotech research and commercial activity. How does the CBC work with Vacaville to strengthen the city's biomanufacturing capabilities?

The CBC is focused on the industry's economic and workforce development needs. It has a broad advisory council to ensure that the industry has a dedicated coordinating body to assist companies expanding in the area. The CBC hosts regular meetings with industry leaders to discuss technology and training challenges, and how to encourage the development of emerging fields.

What are a few of Vacavilles' most recent activities that have helped build its biomanufacturing expertise and infrastructure?

Solano Community College has broadened its ability to enrol and train people in biotechnology. For example, articulated high school programs provide three certificates and an Associates degree which completes with a Bachelors of Science in Biomanufacturing degree. Students can then get a four-suite training facility. The new $34 million Biotechnology and Science Building has a slew of capabilities.

UC Davis, which has an undergraduate biotechnology degree and a graduate Degree in Biotechnology, is only 15 miles away. UC Berkeley has also added a new Master of Bioprocess Engineering.

Agenus (announced July 2021), Polaris Pharmaceuticals (January 2022) and Transwestern Ventures (June 2022) and Mettler-Toldeo Ranin are among the recent investments by biomanufacturers located in the industrial estate designated as the California Biomanufacturing Center.

What is Vacavilles' five-year strategy, for example, to increase its visibility and aspirate to become a major biomanufacturing hub?

Vacaville is a long-established biomanufacturing business with a deep supply chain and training experience dating back 35 years to the first large-scale investment in Alza in 1987. In the next five years, we anticipate the completion of Phase One of the industrial estate at the CBC, which was completed with capacity for up to 10 additional manufacturers. This phase has the potential for tens of thousands of (direct and induced) jobs.

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