Spokane Journal of Business

Vaccine, drug manufacturing startup secures angel funding

Selkirk Pharma raises $9M, eyes first plant

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Spokane-based injectable-drug manufacturing and packaging startup Selkirk Pharma Inc. has raised $9 million in new angel funding. 

Meanwhile, the company is considering how the current coronavirus pandemic could affect the construction time line for its planned $30 million West Plains manufacturing facility, which will produce sterile drug products, including injectable vaccines. 

Patrick Haffey, CEO of Selkirk Pharma, declines to discuss the latest round of funding. 

But Haffey says discussions of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, which has not yet been developed, are especially timely for the company, which intends to include injectable vaccines among the production lines made at its planned facility.

While it’s unclear exactly what vaccines the facility plans to manufacture, Haffey says he’s long been concerned with an overall shortage of injectable drug and vaccine manufacturing capacity in the U.S. 

“This is exactly what we’ve been talking about for years,” Haffey says. “We need more pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in the U.S., especially injectable manufacturing capacity.” 

However, he says the construction time line of the company’s planned $30 million West Plains sterile vial and pre-filled syringe manufacturing facility has been thrown into uncertainty due to disruptions related to coronavirus response.

“The situation is so dynamic that we’re talking to all of our trade partners (and) permitting authorities to see how the project is going to be impacted,” Haffey says.

He says the company previously had planned to break ground on the new manfacturing facility this summer.

As first reported by the Journal last summer, Selkirk Pharma plans to build a 63,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on more than 6 acres of land at 9110 W. Granite, in the Pacific Northwest Technology Park, in Airway Heights. 

According to proprietary market data software subscription platform PitchBook, the 3-year-old company headquartered at 827 W. First, in downtown Spokane, previously had received $1.73 million in angel funding in March 2018.

According to PitchBook, Selkirk Pharma has 10 employees.

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Reporter Virginia Thomas has worked at the Journal since 2017 and covers the banking and finance industries. As a reporter, she loves learning about Spokane's many growing industries. She enjoys travelling with her husband, snuggling with her cats, and cross stitching.

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