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Vaccine company coming to NC, creating 85 jobs

Tue, 08/10/2010 - 6:17am
The Associated Press

Officials are announcing that a Canada-based company will open a new vaccine production facility in North Carolina, creating 85 jobs.

Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday that Medicago USA Inc. will put the facility in Durham and pay salaries averaging more than $50,000.

Medicago has received a $21 million military research grant for large-scale production of H1N1 vaccine using plant-based technology. The company uses tobacco leaves to produce influenza vaccines.

Medicago officials say the company will build a 90,000-square-foot facility in Research Triangle Park. The company says it will show it can produce 10 million doses of influenza vaccine a month.

Medicago USA is a subsidiary of Medicago Inc., a publicly traded company based in Quebec, Canada.

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On the Web: http://www.medicago.com

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