Drug Manufacturing Company Choses Rockville For Its Headquarters

Alessia Grunberger
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ROCKVILLE, MD — A drug manufacturing company has chosen Rockville for its new headquarters, according to the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEMA).

On Demand Pharmaceuticals recently signed a $20 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services to create active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines using its proprietary Pharmacy on Demand technology.

Pharmacy on Demand — a machine roughly the size of a small household refrigerator — can make starting materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and medicines into a finished product (pill or liquid).

"A key advantage of the PoD system is its flexibility," MEMA said in a press release. "(They) can be easily switched to make different medicines and in various formulations. This versatility has the potential to produce low volume drugs, such as those for rare diseases, at the fraction of their current cost."

The company's new 44-500-square-foot facility will be located at 1550 East Gude Drive. According to MEMA, On Demand Pharmaceuticals chose Rockville over Boston, Princeton, New Jersey, among other locations in the U.S.

The company expects to have up to 75 employees by the end of 2021, and potentially hundreds at the end of five years.

"Montgomery County is ideal for government partners who need to be in Washington, D.C. regularly and want to access the experienced talent here," said Dr. Geoffrey Ling, CEO and co-founder of On Demand Pharmaceuticals. "Our physical needs were critical as we needed to scale up our operations quickly in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and Montgomery County had a site that worked for our use, a flexible landlord experienced with life sciences, and local officials who helped to expedite the move."

This article originally appeared on the Rockville Patch