Lonza establishes the Lonza Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) in the new Life Science Park in the outskirts of Haifa, Israel. The CIC will reportedly begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2017 and span close to 1,000 square meters. It is expected to hire 15 to 20 staff members in 2018 to leverage Israel’s scientific strengths in areas such as engineering, software and cell/molecular biology to provide Lonza opportunities to gain additional know-how and capabilities. With the launch of the CIC, Lonza aims to accelerate leading research and development (R&D) projects from across Lonza's Pharma & Biotech segment, and tap into potentially transformative biological and manufacturing capabilities, according to the company.
The CIC will have a dedicated Lonza R&T team in Israel that will work with local industry and academic experts through collaborations and sponsored research. Lonza has already signed memorandums of understanding and conducted talent scouting at Tel Aviv University, Technion R&D Foundation and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Eytan Abraham, research and development associate director at Lonza, will set up the center. Roee Atlas was recently hired to manage the center.
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