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Meissner to Build New $250m Manufacturing Facility in Athens, Georgia
Meissner Corporation, an industry leader in advanced microfiltration and therapeutic manufacturing systems, will invest nearly $250 million in a new facility in Athens-Clarke County. The project will create more than 1,700 jobs over the next eight years.
Athens’ Dalan Animal Health & Dr. Jeff Rapp of Athens Tech Honored as The Center for Global Health Innovation Names 2023 Golden Helix Award Winners
The Global Center for Medical Innovation’s Sherry Farrugia and Athens Technical College’s Jeffrey Rapp, PhD are the recipients of the 2023 Industry Growth Awards for their impact on the life sciences industry in the state. The Industry Growth Awards are the highest honors bestowed each year by CGHI.
Innovation Awards are presented to the department, institution, company or individuals who are forging new ground by thinking outside traditional paradigms to create some unique technology. Dalan Animal Health – Paenibacillus Larvae Bacterin Honeybee Vaccine,
Decades-Long Partnership Between University of Georgia and Boehringer Ingelheim
A decades-long partnership between Georgia’s flagship university and a global leader in human and animal health has improved the lives of students, educators, researchers, farmers, livestock, pets and pet owners. And for UGA and Boehringer-Ingelheim, the work has only just begun.
Blue Lake Biotechnology Announces Positive Interim Phase 1 Data for BLB201 Intranasal RSV Vaccine
Blue Lake Biotechnology, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing intranasal vaccines using a proprietary parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5)-based vector, announced preliminary interim data today from a phase 1 clinical trial of its BLB201 vaccine for prevention of severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-associated disease (NCT05281263).
Tweed Recording: Athens’ stepping stone into the music industry
What started as an in-home recording studio in Mississippi is now a major audio recording school, giving students in Athens preparation in all areas of sound engineering.
With construction still underway, Athens film and TV studio buys more land for expansion
In anticipation of film and television industry demand for its 200,000 square feet of purpose-built production space, Athena Studios has announced the purchase of an additional 65 acres of land adjacent to the original 45-acre site currently under construction at 900 Athena Dr.
The expansion will add 350,000 square feet to the already massive facility, which is scheduled to open its initial phase on Mar. 1, 2023 with the ability to host productions of any size. The increased acreage will allow for the construction of backlot space, and will make Athena one of the largest production studios in Georgia.
New Athens Music Walk of Fame inductees to be announced
Anyone who walks through downtown Athens will likely notice the large bronze guitar pick plaques shining up at them from the sidewalk. These plaques bear the names of notable musicians who found their start in the Classic City, of which there are quite a few.
Athens Research and Technology, Inc. recognized as Exporter of the Year
Athens Research and Technology, an established life sciences company near the University of Georgia was recently recognized as one of Georgia’s Exporters of the Year. ART manufacturers bio-medically relevant proteins for use in research and further manufacturing. In spite of supply chain issues and quarantines, ART remained committed to their clients worldwide ensuring that materials vital to research and product development where delivered on time. ART’s purified proteins are often used for antigen testing and in pharmaceutical research.
Biotech Company Dalan Animal Health Relocates to Athens, Georgia
Dalan Animal Health, Inc., a biotech company focused on insect health, announced today that it will relocate its headquarters to Athens, Georgia. The company is anticipated to create 20 new jobs over the next five years.
The company aims to bring to market the world’s first honeybee vaccine to improve the health and productivity of honeybee colonies.
Twenty-Five Georgia Companies Recognized for Expanding into 70 International Markets in 2021
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced the recipients of the 2022 GLOBE Award. Managed by the Department’s International Trade team, this state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that expanded sales to new international markets in the previous year. During calendar year 2021, the 25 GLOBE winners collectively exported to 70 countries.
The 2022 Exporters of the Year are:
Small company (1-20 employees): Athens Research & Technology, Athens, Clarke County
Mid-size company (21-100 employees): PureAir Filtration, Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County
Large company (101+ employees): Interra International, Atlanta, Cobb County
New Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital Tower Completed
After nearly four years of construction, the new tower at Piedmont Athens Regional opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting Apr. 21. The 229,000 square-foot tower—built on the site of a former structure dating back to 1919—includes 128 modernized inpatient rooms, a cafe, gift shop, pharmacy, clinical program support areas, outdoor courtyards and a patient and family resource center.
Gov. Kemp: Boehringer Ingelheim Expands Global Innovation Capabilities, Invests $57 Million in Athens
Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Boehringer Ingelheim, a global research-driven pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company based in Germany, will expand its Animal Health Global Innovation center in Athens, Georgia. The $57 million investment will increase laboratory space and bring additional research and development capabilities and activities, including 55 new positions, to the site.
Athena, a big TV and film studio, breaks ground in Athens
An Athens real estate firm is investing $60 million in a large TV and film studio called Athena Studios that recently broke ground in the city.
Athens Music Walk Of Fame Markets Music Tourism
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission launched the Athens Music Walk of Fame in September 2020. The project was designed to celebrate the city’s rich musical heritage and promote recovery of Georgia’s Tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tourism really is a public good, that helps communities be vibrant, and be appealing for the residents as well. So, in addition to the restaurants that are able to thrive with visitor spending, there’s also a vibrant art scene that not only attracts visitors but will attract residents to want to live here because it makes it a better place,” said Hannah Smith,...read more
Licensing agreement speeds access to UGA research tools, benefits life science research
In the course of their research, investigators at the University of Georgia frequently develop rare and unique materials, reagents, and tools for very specific purposes related to their own research. Now, through a new master licensing agreement between the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. and KeraFAST, investigators at universities, other nonprofit life science research institutions, and for-profit organizations around the globe will have speedy access to these one-of-a-kind materials.
AU/UGA Medical Partnership Provides More Than $132,000 in Free Healthcare to Athens Community
Powered by the faculty and staff of the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, the Athens Free Mobile Clinic has provided more than $132,000 in free primary medical care to more than 600 underserved members of the Athens community since the clinic’s inception in 2018.
Piedmont Athens is ‘Building for the Future’ with New Patient Tower
Earlier this year, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center celebrated the groundbreaking of the final phase of its $171 million expansion and renovation project. Hundreds of community supporters and hospital staff gathered on the front lawn of the hospital, standing where a new, seven-story patient tower would soon be built.
National Beer Day: Alumnus brewing for a cause
Matt Stevens (AB’03, MPA’14) is the Director of Community and Culture at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens. For National Beer Day we’re asking the questions everyone wants to know – from how Creature Comfort’s philanthropy started to Stevens’ top three favorite beers.
Terrapin Solar Initiative Featured In The Washington Times
Terrapin’s commitment to solar was featured in The Washington Times!
Athens: A Great Beer Town
Dustin Watts knows a lot about beer. And he knows a lot about Athens.
Creature Comforts Achieves B Corporation Certification
We are beyond excited to share that Creature Comforts has officially been certified as a B Corporation (B Corp)! This makes us only the 16th brewery in the country to achieve the certification.
Brewing Education Scholarship Fund
Terrapin Beer Co along with Middle Tennessee State University has created a Brewing Education Scholarship Fund to support under-represented communities within the brewing industry.
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Creature Comforts $11M Expansion
AU/UGA Medical Partnership welcomes largest class
The 60 new first-year medical students key to combating physician shortage. This year’s class is the largest in the partnership’s history, part of a statewide effort to combat the nation’s physician shortage.
New job search tools now available
A community partnership project from the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce:
Job search tools are now available to find employment in Athens-Clarke County, along with additional workforce development resources.
Job Search (mobile version)
Cove & RWDC Industries in Exclusive Agreement to Support Production of the ‘First’ Biodegradable Water Bottles
Materials innovation company Cove’s partnership with PHA supplier RWDC will supply Cove with PHA for the production of the first water bottles made of biodegradable material. After an extensive, three-year research and development effort, during which Cove worked with a number of PHA producers, the company determined that RWDC has the most advanced technology and is the best-suited partner for aggressive growth.
ByoPlanet® International Expands Operations in Athens, Creates 250 Jobs
Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that ByoPlanet® International, a leading producer of electrostatic spray technology, is investing nearly $7 million in expanding its Georgia manufacturing operations, delivering 250 jobs to Athens-Clarke County.
Athens Creative Directory Invites Artists to Join Registry
Athens Creatives are invited to join a digital registry aimed at providing them a place to connect with other artists, patrons, and members of the community. The ACC Economic Development Department teamed up with CREATE Athens, a division of Envision Athens, and others to make Athens Creatives Directory a reality.
The Athens Banner Project Takes Over Downtown Storefronts
Uplifting and beautifying artwork will decorate the windows of downtown storefronts beginning this week, as the Athens Banner Project distributes its designs to 120 different businesses.
RWDC Industries to Invest $260 Million in Athens-Clarke County Expansion, Create 200 Jobs
Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that biotechnology company RWDC Industries will invest $260 million in expanding its operations into Athens-Clarke County. This innovative development will create 200 jobs.
Piedmont Athens Breaks Ground on New Patient Tower
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center broke ground today on the final phase of its $171 million expansion and renovation project, which includes replacing the oldest section of the hospital – built 100 years ago – with a new, seven-story patient tower.
Athens mural commemorating Hot Corner officially celebrated
The new mural “Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy” made its official debut with a ribbon cutting ceremony and live music on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 133 E. Washington St.
Wayfair to Create 500+ Jobs in Athens-Clarke County
Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, will create 500 jobs and invest more than $8 million in a customer support facility in Athens.
BIO: In conversation with ArunA Bio CEO Mark Sirgo and CSO Steve Stice
As ArunA Biomedical CEO Mark Sirgo tells it, his colleague Steve Stice, Ph.D., had been “throwing away the best part for years.” He’s referring to exosomes, a cellular component long thought of as the cell’s garbage removal system.
Boehringer Ingelheim To Create 225 Jobs, Invest Over $120 Million in Georgia
Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., a leading animal health company, will create 225 jobs and invest more than $120 million in Gwinnett, Clarke, and Hall counties. The company has located its North American headquarters in Duluth, creating 75 new jobs; is adding more than 100 new jobs at its manufacturing and R&D facility in Athens; and more than 50 jobs at the company’s Gainesville manufacturing facility. “We’re excited to welcome Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. to the Peach State,” said Governor Kemp. “As a...
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