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Merck Adds to Biotech Center

2:55 AM MST | November 24, 2008 | Deepti Ramesh

Merck Serono, a unit of Merck KGaA, says it will invest about €300 million ($390 million) to expand production of cetuximab at its Merck Serono Biotech Center (MSBC) at Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2012, pending inspection by worldwide health authorities. Cetuximab is a monoclonal antibody used in the treatment of colorectal, head, and neck cancers. The expansion includes adding two dedicated production suites with 120,000 liters of bioreactor capacity, a wastewater treatment station, and a logistic center to...

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