Songdo and the nearby Incheon international airport are around an hour away from Korea’s capital Seoul.
Up until the late-1990s, the land was just a marshy stretch of tidal flats in the Yellow Sea, but within a few years the government reclaimed the land and began building a ‘smart city’ and a business development area.
“Celltrion was the first company to build a manufacturing facility here in 2002,” we were told.
The first facility has a capacity of 50,000L, and a second plant housing an additional 90,000L – six 15,000L bioreactors – was completed in 2011. Plans for a third plant with 140,000L capacity have been drawn up.
“Between Celltrion and Samsung Biologics, Songdo will have the largest biomanufacturing capacity in the world.”