Governor Deval L. Patrick
Shire Groundbreaking Remarks
May 6, 2008
On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, Governor Patrick attended a groundbreaking for the expansion of Shire Human Genetic Therapies in Lexington. Shire HGT announced in February that the company will remain in Massachusetts and invest $394 million to expand their Lexington campus, creating an estimated 680 additional jobs and making it the global center for Shire's Human Genetic Therapies research, development, and production. Today's groundbreaking comes after similar expansions last month by biotech companies and , which have been credited to the Patrick-Murray administration's 10-year, $1 billion currently being finalized in the legislature.
My main point here is simply to thank on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth this company for taking a chance on Massachusetts. for expanding your presence here, for investing over $400 million and engaging another over 600 people in the next 8 years. If I heard that correctly.
I appreciate your putting it in terms of 8 years because since I've had this job I tend to tell time in units of four. So I -- and if you can improve on that 600 we will be happy top help you do so.
And we appreciate all of the family of Shire for helping to grow the knowledge based economy here in the Commonwealth you know this - our economy here in the Commonwealth is stronger relatively than the national economy. While the national economy has been softening and has lost nearly a quarter million jobs in the last four or five months, we have added over five thousand jobs. Many of them, indeed most of them from the sector in which you operate from the Life Sciences from the Health Sciences. And it is incumbent on us not just to celebrate the extraordinary strength of this international super cluster of talent and research facilities and venture capital and innovative tradition but to sure it up and to build it, to assure that that talent pools grows that it is here for you, for your growth tomorrow and for companies that have not yet even been conceived. Because our future economically and the future of healing depends on our getting this right, which is what the life sciences initiative is all about.
That ten year one dollar investment that we as a government have committed to make in partnership with private industry and with universities and colleges and with venture capitalists and the whole of the industry to strengthen what we have right now and extend our lead - Pennsylvania Not withstanding - and it is in that spirit that I particularly want to acknowledge the member of the legislature who are here and the speaker and the president who could not be here today. Because we have all worked in partnership to pass this bill. Particularly Chairman Bosley who is here, to whom the bill was assigned, and who is a member of the conference committee now to reconcile the differences between the Senate and the House version - 2 weeks, 2 weeks from yesterday, alright, I've said it on the record now Dan -
But I want to thank Jay and Peter and Mike who've also been champions of this initiative and great partners in this and in so many, so many things and I'd just wish you'd all stand up because I want people to see the partners who make this, no no come on, you don't like standing next to Peter, I know -
A lot is, a lot is made and reported on about purported conflicts between the executive branch and the legislative branch, let me tell you, you don't get a breakthrough piece of legislation unless there is an active, working, constructive partnership with the legislature and these legislators and their leadership. And I thank you for that I just want to acknowledge that.
The life sciences initiative is enormously important both in substance but also in symbol. What we are trying to convey is our interest in you and how we make this environment as vibrant as productive as promising as exciting as this moment is in your lives and in the life in this company right now and we do not pretend at the level of state government to have all the answers. But we are listening closely and we hope that you will keep the lines of communication open with us and that you will show us the ways in which we can help you help yourselves. We look forward to working closely with you on this and projects to come and when we come to cut the ribbon on the opening lets announce the expansion as well. Thank you for having me today; I appreciate it.