Wednesday, February 10, 2010

G-Con game?

In today's Eagle
The Texas A&M University System and local government leaders are working to firm up plans to bring a large biomedical research and vaccination manufacturing center to Bryan, officials said Tuesday.

The proposal hasn't been finalized, but officials said they hope the biomanufacturing company G-Con, LLC will build a 100,000-square-foot facility near the system's new Health Science Center that's under construction.
Vision 1920 is excited! Not that we know much about G-Con LLC. They do have a website, though.

We can tell that there's serious science going on at G-Con by looking at those two people pipetting dry ice vapor out of that bottle. Clearly, the G-Con folks scoff at pansies who think they should be using safety glasses or do this in a hood. They'll fit right in here at A&M.
Officials, who said word on funding may come within three weeks, expect the project to bring almost 150 jobs to the area with an average salary of $75,000 a year.

The project is likely to spur more development in the biomedical industry around the Health Science Center and the Institute for Innovative Therapeutics, helping develop a "biotechnology corridor" on the periphery of A&M's campus near Texas 47.
G-Con's website doesn't describe them (whoever they are) as vaccine manufacturers who will use NCTM's next generation facilities to make their vaccines. They describe themselves this way:
G-Con’s mission is to revolutionize the biomanufacturing industry by providing its clients with a comprehensive GMP manufacturing solution that is cheaper to build, flexible, cheaper to maintain and easier to operate than any existing solution on the market.

G-Con provides its partners with comprehensive biomanufacturing services including (as appropriate) facility design, facility construction, module design and module maintenance.
...which sounds like they're planning on selling these services to the NCTM, not buying from the NCTM. Interestingly, the collective resume of G-Con team members includes:
National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, Texas A & M University

Members of the design team
Unlike some of our prior industrial partners, G-Con is clearly going to be able to sell their products. We can guarantee it.

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