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BioBuzz: Catalent Signs Agreement With Johnson & Johnson to Be U.S. Manufacturing Partner for Lead COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

  • Collaboration includes joint investment and tech transfer to prepare for rapid scale-up and segregated cGMP commercial manufacturing capacity
  • Catalent to hire 300 additional personnel to meet operational readiness and 24×7 manufacturing schedules

The collaboration commits joint investment to accelerate rapid scale-up of segregated manufacturing capacity over the coming months to support dedicated production of Johnson & Johnson’s investigational vaccine candidate. Catalent plans to hire approximately 300 additional employees at the site for this program starting in July 2020 to meet operational readiness and 24×7 manufacturing schedules by January 2021.

“Catalent is proud to collaborate with Johnson & Johnson in its efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and save lives,” said John Chiminski, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Catalent. “Both organizations have committed to ambitious goals and are executing innovative strategies to meet the forecasted demand on an unprecedented timeline. We value the trust that Johnson & Johnson has placed in us regarding this important, time-sensitive program and will apply our extensive experience in quickly scaling up manufacturing operations for late-stage and commercial products.”

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