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The Schumacher Group, which manages emergency medical services for more than 180 hospitals, plans to invest $19 million and create 600 jobs in Lafayette, La. The company, which already employs nearly 400 in Lafayette, will expand its headquarters and add training space.


Biogen Idec, which moved into new headquarters facilities in Weston, Mass., a year ago, now plans to move back to Cambridge to be close to its research facilities, the Boston Globe reports.


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Photo courtesy of Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health opened The Center for the Advancement of Molecular Imaging on July 18 in Phoenix. Cardinal describes the facility as a first-of-its-kind collaboration laboratory that will expedite the development of nuclear imaging agents that treat complex diseases like cancer, heart disease and neurological disorders.

The new center, located in a newly renovated 25,000-sq.-ft. (2,322-sq.-m.) building, is creating more than 20 high-tech jobs, including roles for radio-chemists, engineers, scientists, product development managers, project managers and quality and regulatory personnel. The campus will also house large-scale facilities to produce PET imaging agents.


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Photo courtesy of Lonza.

Basel, Switzerland-based Lonza plans to invest more than $29 million to expand cytoxic manufacturing capabilities at its Visp, Switzerland, facilities. Cytoxic APIs are commonly used on oncology therapeutics and are one of the fastest growing segments of the pharma and biotech sectors.

"The investment speeds our efforts to establish the Lonza Visp site as a center of excellence for high potency manufacturing," said Stefan Stoffel, head of Lonza's Chemical Manufacturing Business Unit.


The Roslin Institute has opened its new facility at the University of Edinburgh in a building designed by HDR. Researchers co-located in the new facility with partners from the Scottish Agricultural College to tackle global challenges such as preventing the spread of infectious diseases and feeding a growing population. The Institute, sited at the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus, replaces the former home of The Roslin Institute, where Dolly the Sheep was cloned, in the nearby village of Roslin.


Medical device specialist Medtronic is considering possible expansions in Florida and Texas. Jacksonville officials recently approved incentives for the company should it decide to expand there.


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Photo courtesy of the Seattle Children's Research Institute

The Seattle Children's Research Institute has opened its Center for Childhood Cancer Research. The center's focus will be to develop innovative new therapies in its laboratories and translate these advances to groundbreaking clinical trials for children with the most aggressive forms of cancer. The new center, which will create more than 60 jobs by 2015, has a long-term mission to eventually replace cancer therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy that can harm the body, with new, "smart" therapies capable of eliminating cancer with precision, leaving the body unharmed.


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