Azzur Group and Moderna expand six-year cleanroom relationship

As part of the expanded relationship, Moderna will become the anchor client in Azzur's most recent COD facility in Burlington, Massachusetts

Azzur Cleanrooms on Demand (COD), an Azzur Group company, has announced it’s expanding its ongoing business relationship with Moderna, broadening the scope of the companies’ work together.

Moderna and Azzur Group have worked together for more than six years in the Boston area, where Azzur has multiple COD facilities, augmented by its full-scale consulting and laboratory capabilities. As part of the expanded relationship, Moderna will become the anchor client in Azzur's most recent COD facility in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Jason Ellow, Moderna's Senior Director of Clinical Manufacturing, said: "As Moderna grows at an accelerated pace, there is a clear need to expand our clinical manufacturing capacity."

"Azzur's Cleanrooms on Demand allows us to swiftly grow our footprint alongside a partner that fully understands challenging timelines and the complexities of pharmaceutical manufacturing," Ellow added. "Our relationship with Azzur over the years has been excellent and is one that Moderna is happy to expand upon. Cleanrooms on Demand will allow us to bring online new space, and let us focus on building our team, developing and improving our processes, and delivering product to the clinic."

Ravi Samavedam, President and COO of Azzur COD, said: "There are innumerable details to ensuring a seamless experience for our clients, and our two organisations saw eye-to-eye from the start," Samavedam said. "We are pleased to have played even a small part in Moderna's historic growth, and we will continue that support as they develop more cutting-edge therapies far into the future."

Paul Paldino, Director of Operations for Azzur COD's Burlington location, said: "Cleanrooms on Demand is a practical answer to the classic dilemma for fast-moving pharma companies: Do they build their own facilities or outsource development? Cleanrooms on Demand offers a logical alternative that can reduce or eliminate the risks of those other costly and time-consuming options."

COD has locations in Waltham and Burlington, Massachusetts; and Vista, California, with further expansion into the Raleigh, North Carolina; San Francisco and Philadelphia markets over the next 18 months.

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