Genzyme temporarily halts work at Allston plant
Genzyme Corp., the Cambridge biotechnology company, said it is temporarily interrupting bulk production at its Allston Landing manufacturing facility because it has detected a virus that impairs cell growth in one of the facility's six bioreactors.
The interruption could impact the availability of drugs for two rare diseases, the company added.
In a press release, the company said it now plans to sanitize the facility and it expects the plant to again be "fully operational by the end of July." The virus strain, Vesivirus 2117, "has not been shown to cause human infection," Genzyme said.
"Genzyme is collaborating with regulatory agencies as it works to resume production," the press release added.
"Current inventories for Cerezyme (imiglucerase for injection) and Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta) are not sufficient to meet projected global demand," Genzyme said in a press release. "The timing and extent of the Cerezyme supply constraint is being clarified and will be communicated as soon as possible. The company expects Fabrazyme supply constraints to occur for a limited period beginning in September."
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(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)