Spokane Journal of Business

Selkirk Pharma completes its first plant

Biotech company plans two more structures

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-Mike McLean
Selkirk Pharma Inc. expects to gear up operations in its new West Plains facility next year.

Construction on a 147,700-square- foot manufacturing facility on the West Plains for Spokane-based biotech startup Selkirk Pharma Inc. is nearly complete, and operations are expected to begin there by early next year.

Bouten Construction Co. is the general contractor on the $38 million project located at 9119 W. Granite. Bernardo|Wills Architects PC, of Spokane, and Bend, Oregon-based Blaise Cacciola Architects LLC designed it.

The Spokane offices of Coffman Engineers Inc. and DCI Engineers provided engineering services.

The facility is the first of three manufacturing plants the pharmaceutical company plans to erect at its campus in the southwest quadrant of the Pacific Northwest Technology Park, north of the Northwest Farm Credit Services headquarters.

Founded in 2018, Selkirk Pharma Inc. currently is based in the Courtyard Office Center, at 827 W. First.

A year after it was established, the company announced plans to build a West Plains facility, and those plans have grown multiple times since then.

As earlier reported in the Journal, the company originally intended to build a 63,000-square-foot facility, but later more than doubled the scope of those plans to the current building size.

In November 2021, Selkirk Pharma agreed to buy more than 10 acres of land next to the new facility, expanding the campus to a total of 27 acres and providing space for two additional standalone factories in the future.

Selkirk has stated that the campus expansion will support the company’s growth and add critically needed capacity for the manufacture of commercial and clinical trial drugs. 

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Reporter Karina Elias covers the banking and finance industry. A California native, she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. Karina loves salsa dancing, traveling, baking, cuddling with her dog, and writing creative fiction and non-fiction.  

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