Qiagen to Expand North American HQ in Germantown, Create 90 Jobs

Elias Shams
The Dutch based company, Qiagen, a developer of technologies used in bioscience and genomics research plans to expand its North American headquarters in Germantown, adding at least 90 new full-time positions by 2015.

The company is investing $52 million to expand its corporate campus by 117,000 square feet, including both manufacturing and office space. Ground-breaking is expected to take place in the fall, with the project expected to be finished by 2012.

To help defray project costs, the state of Maryland will provide the company with a $700,000 conditional loan, and Montgomery County will chip in with a $300,000 grant. Once completed, the campus will feature 347,000 square feet of usable space.

Qiagen moved its U.S. headquarters to Montgomery County 10 years ago. In 2007, the company acquired Gaithersburg-based Digene, then followed that up last year with its acquisition of Frederick-based SABiosciences. Earlier this year, Qiagen signed a license agreement with Johns Hopkins University, focused on biomarkers for predicting and measuring the success of cancer treatments.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

One Response to Qiagen to Expand North American HQ in Germantown, Create 90 Jobs

  1. Great news. It’s a good company that has been good for the County.

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