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Patrick Springer, Published September 10 2012

Aldevron to double capacity of Madison, Wis., facility

FARGO – Aldevron, a biotechnology firm based here, announced that it will double the capacity of its operation in Madison, Wis.

The expansion, which will take the Madison location’s capacity to 7,200 square feet, is designed to address specific requirements for biotech manufacturing processes.

“The combination of favorable market trends and a talented team has allowed us to move from a temporary office to a purpose-built biotech facility in three years,” Tom Foti, vice president and general manager of Aldevron, said in a statement.

“In our new facility, we will be able to expand our services to accommodate larger manufacturing processes, which will allow us to compete with North American and Asian suppliers.”

The expansion will enable Aldevron to double its staffing in Madison, where it now employs 13, over the next two or three years.

Aldevron, which specializes in plasmid DNA purification, protein production and antibody generation, works with research laboratories, also is planning to expand its Fargo headquarters offices and labs.

It has gotten Renaissance Zone tax credits to renovate the old Woodrow Wilson High School near downtown, a project still in the design phase.

The larger headquarters will enable the firm to expand from about 50 employees in Fargo to as many as 150 employees as it expects to grow in the future.

In its locations in Fargo, Madison and Germany, Aldevron has a total staff of more than 70.

In another development, Aldevron has forged a partnership with DNA2.0 of Menlo, Calif., to help it provide services to its biotech customers in a more cost-effective manner.

The collaboration involves developing better gene design algorithms to improve protein production in insect cell cultures, which the partners said will “further benefit drug discovery research and therapeutic protein production.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522