Qiagen to Expand North American HQ in Germantown, Create 90 Jobs
April 18, 2010 1 Comment
by 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.