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Rubius Therapeutics breaks ground (150 jobs in Rhode Island)
The Valley Breeze ^ | September 26, 2018 | Jacquelyn Moorehead

Posted on 09/26/2018 9:23:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Town officials welcomed new business Rubius Therapeutics to town almost a year to the day since the closing of the previous tenant, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, at 100 Technology Way.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, town officials joined by Rubius executives and Gov. Gina Raimondo held a ground-breaking ceremony for the 135,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Rubuis, based in Cambridge, Mass., plans to open the building in 2020, investing $95 million in construction and renovations at the facility before opening, and up to $155 million total over a five-year period.

The facility will create 150 jobs at the facility, primarily in manufacturing, according to Rubius Vice President Lori Melanson. Founded in 2013, the company is developing a red blood cell engineering technique called Red Cell Therapeutics to treat cancer, autoimmune diseases, and other illnesses.

Raimondo said she made a promise to Rhode Island to find another use for the Alexion building and said she was thrilled to be in Smithfield delivering on her promise.

“I’m so pleased that Rubius is here, is hiring, and as I understand it, will hire some of the folks who were at Alexion and others can apply, and you’ll be hiring even more. So, it’s a great thing,” Raimondo said.

At the celebration, Town Manager Randy Rossi thanked members of the Town Council for assisting in the deal, including Town Council President Paul Santucci, Councilmember T. Michael Lawton, and Town Planner Michael Phillips who attended the ground-breaking ceremony.

Rossi said Alexion’s loss is another’s gain, and with Rubius coming to Smithfield, everybody won.

On a personal note, Rossi spoke about the health issues his mother dealt with when he grew up and said he was proud to have a company in town that is working to cure diseases.

“It’s great to have you here. Not just as a neighbor in Smithfield but you can help everyone. When all these things get written, they’re going to be written as having taken place in Smithfield, Rhode Island,” Rossi said.

Rubius CEO Dr. Pablo Cognoni said the company decided to purchase the manufacturing facility to expand capabilities to make a large supply of medicine for clinical studies.

“Choosing Smithfield and this site for manufacturing was no easy task. We wanted to ensure we were making the best decision for the company and the people we employ,” Cognoni said. “We were most impressed by what Rhode Island had to offer.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Local News
KEYWORDS: hiring; jobs; rhodeisland

1 posted on 09/26/2018 9:23:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Rhode Island is the forgotten New England state. It’s good to see them land a new business.

Smithfield: former pre-season home of the New England Patriots 🏈

2 posted on 09/26/2018 10:04:12 PM PDT by Laslo Fripp (The Sybil of Free Republic)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Smithfield, my hometown


3 posted on 09/27/2018 2:44:10 AM PDT by heylady
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