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Former BMS campus in Hopewell gets new life from biotech firm.

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Company expects to recruit hundreds of new hires in the area to support clinical research, development, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, and manufacturing at the former BMS Campus on Pennington-Rocky Hill Rd.

BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ: BGNE; HKEX: 06160), a global biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative cancer medicines worldwide, announced today its plans to build a new campus for R&D and manufacturing at the Princeton West Innovation Campus in Hopewell, NJ. BeiGene has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire an approximately 42-acre site with over one million square feet of developable real estate, to build a state-of-the-art facility that is expected to include commercial-stage biologic pharmaceutical manufacturing, clinical R&D, and the BeiGene Center for Pharmacovigilance Innovation. BeiGene intends to recruit hundreds of new hires from the area’s deep talent pool to support its continued growth and its commitment to producing life-saving oncology medicines.  

After an extensive nationwide search, BeiGene chose to build its new manufacturing and clinical R&D center in Hopewell, NJ, given its central location and proximity to deep and rich pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing talent and the expansion potential of a 42-acre parcel that is planned to support BeiGene’s strategy to expand its footprint in this region. Development of the planned campus is subject to closing of the purchase agreement and approval of the development plan, with construction expected to be completed in mid-2023.  In the interim, BeiGene plans to rent space nearby and begin to hire immediately. 

“We are proud to be building our campus in New Jersey, and we’re grateful for the warm welcome BeiGene has received across the state,” said John V. Oyler, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BeiGene. “With a global team of over 6,900 and growing, including our existing presence in Ridgefield Park, NJ, BeiGene’s expansion into the Princeton area furthers our commitment of translating groundbreaking science into quality, innovative cancer therapies. We are excited to connect more with the deep talent pool in the region as we plan to diversify and further expand.”  

“BeiGene continues to grow and as a key part of that growth we are making a significant investment in the United States that will expand our current capabilities. This endeavor, once complete, will further expand and diversify our global supply chain and build new manufacturing capabilities for our world-class pipeline,” said Michael Garvey, Global Head of Technical Operations at BeiGene. “We are excited to begin the planned construction of our buildings to house colleagues in a variety of disciplines as well as the manufacturing portion of the campus, which is expected to initially produce biologics and potentially small molecule cancer treatments.” 

“BeiGene’s focus on developing innovative cancer medicines – manufactured right here in New Jersey – is exactly the type of investment we’ve worked hard to attract. Every day that clinical development accelerates is a day closer to eradicating cancer. We hope that BeiGene and its new manufacturing and R&D campus in Hopewell will help bring that day closer to reality,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.  

“The Hopewell community welcomes BeiGene, and we look forward to working with the company and its leadership team to make this campus a success. Hopewell is no stranger to working collaboratively with the biotech industry to further the development of life-changing medicines. We’re proud that our town will play host to a state-of-the-art manufacturing and clinical R&D center to help bring cancer medicines to patients across the globe,” said Hopewell Township Mayor Julie Blake.  

BeiGene has entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire the Hopewell property from Lincoln Equities Group. Closing is expected in the third quarter of 2021, subject to completion of due diligence and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The development plan for the site is also subject to approval by the Hopewell Township Planning Board.  

BeiGene Oncology 

BeiGene is committed to advancing hematology, immuno-oncology and targeted therapies in order to bring impactful and affordable medicines to patients across the globe. We have a growing R&D team of approximately 2,300 colleagues dedicated to advancing more than 90 clinical trials involving more than 13,000 patients and healthy subjects. Our expansive portfolio is directed by a predominantly internalized clinical development team supporting trials in more than 40 countries or regions. We currently market three medicines discovered and developed in our labs: BTK inhibitor BRUKINSA in the United States, China, Canada, and additional international markets; and non-FC-gamma receptor binding anti-PD-1 antibody tislelizumab and PARP inhibitor pamiparib in China. BeiGene has a high quality, innovative science and medicine organization and is a leader in China with a large oncology focused commercial team.  

BeiGene also partners with innovative companies who share our goal of developing therapies to address global health needs. We commercialize a range of oncology medicines in China licensed from Amgen and Bristol Myers Squibb. We also plan to address greater areas of unmet need globally through our collaborations including with Amgen, Bio-Thera, EUSA Pharma, Mirati Therapeutics, Seagen, and Zymeworks. BeiGene has also entered into a collaboration with Novartis granting Novartis rights to develop, manufacture, and commercialize tislelizumab in North America, Europe, and Japan. 

BeiGene Manufacturing  

BeiGene has committed to building significant technical operations and independent production capabilities for small molecule medicines and large molecule biologics to support the global demand for both commercial and clinical supply. We currently have plants in Suzhou and  Guangzhou, China for small molecule medicines and large molecule biologics, respectively. Both state-of-the art plants have been designed to operate in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards adopted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  

Submitted by BeiGene. To learn more about BeiGene, please visit www.beigene.com.

Editor’s note: BMS announced its plans to cease operations and sell the campus in 2016. For further background information click here and here.

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