Tampa, Fla. (April 23, 2020) – Amgen, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, plans to expand its global capability center in Tampa’s Westshore Business District. The company has signed a lease amendment to increase its footprint within Corporate Center One, adding 33,101-square-feet of office space. The expansion will give Amgen additional meeting and collaboration space and the ability to accommodate future growth.
“We are excited to expand our presence in Tampa,” said Gwen Cummings, Site Lead, Amgen Capability Center. “The community has welcomed us with open arms since our arrival. The wealth of talent and the support of the business community and local academic institutions have allowed us the opportunity to build a world-class team.”
Amgen chose Tampa as the site of its Global Capability Center in 2017, after evaluating more than 270 other communities nationwide. With this expansion, Amgen’s footprint will grow from a little over 130,000 square feet to more than 163,000 square feet, and the company plans to invest approximately $10 million in the expansion project.
“We are delighted to partner with Amgen as they grow their Tampa operations,” said Kyle Burd, senior vice president and managing director, Cousins Properties Incorporated. “Amgen’s expansion within Corporate Center One is a wonderful testament to the city’s diverse professional climate and vibrant community.”
Healthcare is one of Hillsborough County’s fastest-growing industries, second to information technology. Over the next five years, the healthcare and life sciences industries in Hillsborough County are projected to grow by 12.7% and 8.3%, respectively, which outpaces growth on the state and national level.
“Amgen’s decision to invest and expand in Tampa demonstrates confidence in this community and our economic future,” said Marie Chinnici-Everitt, chair of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and managing director of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). “Amgen has woven itself into the fabric of our community since its arrival, supporting local nonprofit organizations and philanthropic initiatives. We congratulate them on their expansion and thank them for strengthening their commitment to Tampa.”
Recently, Amgen and the Amgen Foundation announced an initial commitment of up to $12.5 million to support U.S. and global COVID-19 relief efforts. From this commitment, $300,000 will go to two Tampa Bay organizations, United Way Suncoast and the Hillsborough Education Foundation, to address local needs.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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About the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council
The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors, including Corporate Headquarters, Financial and Professional Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Defense and Security, Distribution and Logistics, and Manufacturing. The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. For more information, visit www.tampabayedc.com.