Georgia, USA

Carol Henderson

August 1, 2013

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Georgia’s strong and growing fill and finish sector includes access to an extremely talented workforce and world-class global infrastructure for cold chain, logistics and transportation.

World-Class Distribution and Logistics Infrastructure

Cold-Chain Storage in Georgia

  • 70 cold-chain facilities

  • 90% of the top 25 global third-party logistics providers (3PLs)

  • Operations for four of the top five global public refrigerated warehousing companies

  • Four major US interstates enabling companies to reach 80% of the US market by truck in less than two days

  • Georgia Ports Authority has more than doubled its refrigerated cargo volume in under 10 years

  • Atlanta’s airport features the 32,000-ft2 Atlanta Perishables Center, the only facility in the Southeast approved by the USDA to apply cold treatment, an alternative to methyl bromide.

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

  • 80% of the US market is within a two-hour flight

  • Accommodates more than 90 million passengers annually

  • 10th-largest air cargo hub in North America, hosting 14 cargo airlines and 2,000,000 ft2 of cargo handling space

  • Serves 150 US destinations and more than 75 international destinations

  • Unparalleled access to Latin and Central America, with more than 322 flights per week to 26 destinations.

Talented Workforce

Georgia’s public colleges and universities awarded more than 4,700 bachelor of science degrees in biotechnology and health-related programs in fiscal year 2012.

The University of Georgia’s regulatory affairs graduate-education programs prepare regulatory affairs professionals for careers in the medical device, pharmaceutical, biologics, and animal health business. The program covers

  • Food and drug law

  • Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)

  • Quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA)

  • Process control and validation

Biomedical engineering graduate students at the Georgia Institute of Technology can earn an online graduate certificate from the University of Georgia’s Regulatory Affairs (RA) Fast Track Initiative.

Ranked number one in the United States for workforce training and part of the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Quick Start draws from a range of biotechnology and pharmaceutical expertise to deliver customized training in a variety of areas such as

  • Current GMPs and good laboratory practices (CGLPs)

  • Hazard communication training

  • QA and QC

  • FDA regulatory compliance

  • Occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) standards.

The Georgia BioScience Training Center is Georgia’s first state-sponsored facility dedicated to preparing the workforce required by 21st-century bioscience and biomanufacturing industries. Located in Stanton Springs, GA, adjacent to the new Baxter facility, the Georgia BioScience Training Center will be operated by Quick Start and contain state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and equipment to meet the training needs of Baxter as well as future biotechnology companies investing and creating jobs in Georgia.


About the Author

Author Details
Carol Henderson is director of life sciences for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, 75 Fifth Street NW, Suite 1200, Atlanta, GA 30308; 1-877-586-1931;

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