EMD Serono To Expand R&D Facility in Massachusetts

EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, has announced a $12 million investment for the expansion of its R&D facility in Billerica, Massachusetts. The new building will span more than 30,000 square feet and accommodate approximately 120 new and current employees whose focus will be on accelerating innovation in R&D, with a focus on oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology.

Merck KGaA has approximately 2,000 R&D professionals working across four global R&D hubs—Darmstadt, Germany; Boston, US; Tokyo, Japan; and Beijing, China.

The new two-story, 30,000 square foot building will be an extension of the existing Sagamore Building and will feature amenities including open plan work areas, a central auditorium, and numerous meeting spaces including bleacher seating for spontaneous collaboration and interaction. In addition to seeking LEED certification to complement the Sagamore Building's Platinum LEED status, EMD Serono will also apply for the WELL Institute certification. The WELL Institute standards measures the human health and wellness of occupants in the building environment. If achieved, EMD Serono would have one of the first projects in the United States with that certification distinction.

Construction on the expansion is scheduled to begin in May 2016 with a planned completion date of June 2017. In addition to its R&D facility in Billerica, EMD Serono's corporate headquarters are located in Rockland, Massachusetts and in total the company has approximately 800 employees across the state.

Source: EMD Serono/Merck KGaA

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