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ThermoGenesis Opens Labs

Nov 21, 2023 10:27AM ● By City of Rancho Cordova News Release

ThermoGenesis and the City of Rancho Cordova celebrate the opening of ReadyStart Cleanrooms and IncuStart Wet Labs for the Sacramento region Matt Ceccato, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Ami Bera M.D., Rancho Cordova Councilmembers Garrett Gatewood and Siri Pulipati, Haihong Zhu, COO Chris Xu, Chairman and CEO and Assemblyman Josh Hoover. Photo courtesy of ThermoGenesis

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Gene cell therapy, which involves modifying the genetic material to treat or prevent diseases, is a growing field, and now, startups and companies specializing in this area, have access to medical-grade clean rooms, coworking spaces and offices right here in Rancho Cordova.

 On October 26, ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc. announced the opening of a new shared clean-room and lab space, located at 2890 Kilgore Road. The company initially announced that it was expanding its headquarters to Rancho Cordova in March 2022.

“ThermoGenesis has made a long-standing investment, having been in Rancho Cordova since 1986. We’re proud to have a pioneer in the automated cell processing and banking industry here, and we applaud them for being at the forefront of scientific innovation,” said Mayor Linda Budge. “This next chapter – ReadyStart CleanRooms and IncuStart Wet Labs – represents the transformation of the traditional office park into a thriving innovation hub, and I have no doubt it will produce the next important breakthrough in the life sciences field.”

ThermoGenesis celebrated with a ribbon cutting event with the city, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and others.

The following is a press release from ThermoGenesis:

ThermoGenesis Holdings, Inc. a market leader in automated cell processing and cell and gene therapy services, announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art facility, housing ISO 7 cGMP cleanroom suites, along with research and development labs. The Grand Opening Celebration for the ReadyStart Cleanrooms and IncuStart Wet Labs was held on October 26, 2023, at the facility located at 2890 Kilgore Rd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

The state-of-the-art ReadyStart cGMP Cleanrooms and IncuStart Wet Labs will be an incubator facility which will provide the cleanroom environment, equipment, and services needed for R&D and cGMP manufacturing of cell and gene therapies and other life science products. The rollout of the ReadyStart Cleanroom suites is part of ThermoGenesis’ previously announced plan to transform from a medical device company to a cell and gene therapy services company and, eventually, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO).

The ReadyStart Cleanrooms consist of twelve leasable cGMP compliant ISO 7 cleanroom suites. Each private cGMP suite comes fully equipped and can be configured to meet the client’s specific needs. Within the cGMP facility are the IncuStart Wet Labs. The facility will be maintained and supported by ThermoGenesis’ operations, quality, regulatory and scientific staff, with more than 25 years of industry experience.

“We launched the innovative, flexible ReadyStart cGMP Suites and IncuStart Wet Labs to better support the research and clinical development of cell and gene therapy products. Early-stage life science and cell and gene therapy companies face a long and complex path to product commercialization, often while being constrained by limited budgets,” stated Chris Xu, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ThermoGenesis. “Our all-encompassing facility will provide a flexible option, enabling companies to achieve their anticipated milestones faster and more efficiently. Additionally, our team’s strong expertise in regulatory affairs and product commercialization can help accelerate the development of our customers’ products, allowing them to focus on their science, while ThermoGenesis will manage the regulatory and quality compliances associated with running a cGMP facility.”

Keep life science talents and dollars in the Greater Sacramento Area

The Sacramento region has tremendous economic and human value when compared to other life sciences hubs like San Diego, Boston, and the Bay Area. Greater Sacramento offers significant operating cost advantages for R&D companies, produces a high percentage of bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields, and is a top market for diversity, with over 52% of the population being of a diverse ethnic background…

Greater Sacramento is experiencing an accelerated growth in its life sciences industry. ThermoGenesis’ multi-million-dollar investment is proof of the Company’s commitment to expanding the life sciences footprint and access in the area. Altogether, recent biotechnology investments in the region will create over 1,000 science-related jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact.

“We are thrilled ThermoGenesis is in our market, specifically in Rancho Cordova, building the world-class ReadyStart Cleanrooms and IncuStart Wet Labs for the Sacramento region,” Greater Sacramento Economic Council President & CEO Barry Broome said. “This incubator facility will allow scientists to develop and commercialize their product providing new cell and gene therapy technologies.”

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