Celebrating Working Together

“The life sciences are truly a global industry,” considers Sandy Person, President of the Solano Economic Development Corporation. “In today’s economy talent, innovation, and collaboration are critical competitive advantages because economic regions are not simply defined by political boundaries, but by connectivity in industry clusters, labor markets, and supporting infrastructure.”

Located along vital North Bay transportation corridors and between the Davis and Berkeley campuses of the University of California, Solano County has long demonstrated an appeal to life science companies, exemplified by Genentech’s Vacaville location, which continues to expand. For a sense of scale, Sandy notes, “the Vacaville location is the world’s largest biotech manufacturing plant and is a proven launch facility for Genentech for new products, for clinical phases and launch supply. The expansion and start up of the CCP2 facility will represent over 50% of their entire biologics manufacturing capacity.”

While Solano County stands as a sciences success story, Sandy notes that the region as a whole stands to benefit from an increased spirit of collaboration.

“The collaborative network of the NBLSA offers strategic and emerging life science companies localities with a strong vision that recognizes the strengths of each of the regions and connects research and innovation, technology transfer and commercialization, to scale-up manufacturing with a skilled workforce, abundant infrastructure, and unsurpassed quality of life amenities.”