Devens, Massachusetts

Devens, Massachusetts

Facts and Figures

  • Located 45 miles west of Boston, the 89-acre site accommodates a large-scale bulk biologics facility. The site currently includes four main buildings: a BioPharma manufacturing facility, a central utility building, an administrative/quality control building and a warehouse/storage structure. Another building houses the site’s process waste water pretreatment plant.
  • The facility supports the production of ORENCIA® (abatacept), the company's biologic therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Phase II of construction began in January of 2014 and will introduce biologics development and clinical trial manufacturing capabilities to the site. The two buildings that are part of Phase II of construction will double the built square footage, adding approximately 200,000 square feet of laboratory and office space to the Devens site. Approximately 350 employees will be added to the Devens workforce over time.

Economic Development

  • Devens phase I construction was completed in 2009. It was Bristol Myers Squibb’s largest capital investment in its history – $750 million – and helped signal the company’s transformation into a global biopharmaceutical company.
  • Phase II of construction will represent an additional capital investment of approximately $250 million. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2015.

Community and Social Progress

  • The Devens Facility supported the Ayer Public School System Science Program
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Devens employees supported a local shelter that runs a housing facility for women with children in Devens, MA.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Devens employees routinely donate their time at a food pantry that serves local communities.
  • The Devens Facility conducts clothing drives to aid homeless U.S. veterans as a regular part of site community outreach activities.
  • The Devens Facility partners with MassBioEd’s job shadow program to introduce area high school students to the biotech industry.

Environmental Performance

  • Bristol Myers Squibb was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for the laboratory / administration building and LEED Silver certification for the cell culture manufacturing facility. The new clinical development and biologics development buildings are being constructed to meet LEED Silver standards. LEED is a recognized certification program administered by U.S. Green Buildings Council ( Certification is based on many project design aspects, including site development, environmental impact, water and energy use, construction impact, and architectural and building materials.
  • The Devens site was awarded with an innovation award by the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) for a project that recycled 3.6 million gallons of clean and flush water associated with facility startup.
  • The site is an active partner with EcoStar, a local non-profit organization that works with companies to develop and enhance various environmental, health and safety operational practices.
  • The facility adopted the Blanding Turtle ("threatened" under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act) as part of the company's Sustainability goals, which encourage each facility and business to help protect endangered species and habitats. To protect the turtles, Devens employees developed a partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service and local conservation groups, through which BMS employees have participated in events to preserve the breeding areas for these turtles.
  • Devens employees have partnered with local conservation groups by engaging in invasive plant removal in local streams and ponds, as well as by maintaining sections of local walking trails.

Facility Contact Information

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