Vaccine maker bringing jobs to RTP

August 10, 2010 9:50:57 AM PDT
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue announced Tuesday that vaccine maker Medicago will bring a new production facility to Durham meaning 85 new jobs.

Perdue's office said the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Medicago a $21 million research grant to improve the process of large-quantity H1N1 vaccine production using plant-based technology. The company is currently using tobacco leaves to produce pandemic and seasonal influenza vaccines.

"Bringing jobs to North Carolina is my No. 1 priority, and part of that mission is seeking out innovative businesses to increase our workforce opportunities," said Gov. Perdue.

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