Booming Regeneron gets the dirt flying on big R&D expansion

Dr. George Yancopoulos

With blockbuster sales of Eylea spurring some gangbuster projections for Regeneron's future, the booming biotech today launched construction of a 300,000-square-foot R&D facility at its campus in Westchester County, NY.   

BioMed Realty is building the R&D complex for Regeneron ($REGN), which plans to move its scientists into the new center in 2015. And a big group of VIPs--including New York Senator Charles Schumer--were on hand for the silver-spade event.

In addition to its ongoing Phase III program aimed at expanding the label for Eylea, Regeneron also has sarilumab (REGN88) in late-stage studies for rheumatoid arthritis. And analysts have been buzzing over the blockbuster prospects for alirocumab, its PCSK9 antibody for lowering bad cholesterol.

Regeneron CEO Leonard Schleifer and R&D director George Yancopoulos are regularly feted for growing Regeneron into an R&D powerhouse. Sanofi ($SNY) is closely allied to the company, and is relying on Regeneron to provide much of the Big Pharma's biggest innovations.

- here's the press release

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