An international biotech firm has filed preliminary plans to build a 15,210-square-foot plasma center within walking distance of the new Tupperware SunRail station and Orlando Health emergency room.
BioLife Plasma Services is eyeing a 3-acre outparcel in the Gateway Station Shopping Center, a Walmart-anchored power center on Osceola Parkway and Michigan Avenue. Company officials told GrowthSpotter the project is not yet a done deal.
Belinda Kirkegard, Kissimmee's economic development director, said the location next to SunRail would be perfect for a blood and plasma donation center, even though it's outside of the city's Medical Arts District.
"Often times when we think of medical companies we automatically leap to the traditional sites, like hospitals and clinics, but there’s so much more, including medical support providers like the company our Development Review Committee sat with (Tuesday) morning - BioLife Plasma Services," she said. "This company brings a medical service line, as well as high value medical jobs to our community. We genuinely appreciate investments like this, which grow our Kissimmee medical ecosystem."
BioLife operates and maintains numerous stand-alone plasma collection facilities throughout the United States, including one that opened last year in Casselberry. Those centers collect around 5 million liters of plasma per year.
BioLife typically spends about $7 million on each new plasma center. A standard 15,000-square-foot center, like the one proposed in Kissimmee, would employ between 50-70 people and pay up to $2 million per year to plasma donors.
Each plasma center has 60-72 donor beds and a free supervised playroom for children ages 6 months to 12 years.
The company is a subsidiary of Shire, a leading global
biotechnology company focused on serving people affected by rare
diseases and highly specialized conditions.