Ther­mo Fish­er to shrink plas­mid man­u­fac­tur­ing lab in Cal­i­for­nia, lay off 74 work­ers

Ther­mo Fish­er is set to “ad­just staffing lev­els” at a plas­mid man­u­fac­tur­ing lab­o­ra­to­ry in Cal­i­for­nia, and the com­pa­ny is still ex­plor­ing what to do with the build­ing it­self, a spokesper­son told End­points News in an email. Ac­cord­ing to a WARN no­tice, 74 em­ploy­ees will be laid off from the end of May.

When the man­u­fac­tur­er an­nounced its 67,000-square-foot fa­cil­i­ty build in De­cem­ber 2020, the plan was that it would pro­vide clin­i­cal and com­mer­cial plas­mid DNA man­u­fac­tur­ing for cell and gene-based ther­a­pies and mR­NA vac­cines. The fa­cil­i­ty in Carls­bad, CA, which was then said to add 150 new jobs, opened in Ju­ly 2021.

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