Facilities that make semiconductors and biopharmaceuticals have a lot in common. Both need high ceilings, pure water, cleanrooms, reliable electrical systems, and attractive to skilled workers. The semiconductor industry has hit hard times and as a result, is closing facilities in the US and opening them in Asia. Just in Oregon alone, SUMCO, DuPont Photomask, and Komastu closed manufacturing facilities. The spectacular cleanroom manufacturing facilities left behind can be purchased at bargain prices. The American biotech industry is on an upswing and finds converting these buildings an attractive option.
Biopharm companies can save up to one year in start-up time by converting semiconductor factories to their use.
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