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Montana Governor Steve Bullock makes pitch for future vaccine factory at LigoCyte in Bozeman

March 16, 2013View for printing

Gov. Steve Bullock came to Bozeman on Friday to demonstrate Montana's keen interest in being chosen when executives decide where to build a multimillion-dollar manufacturing plant for the vaccine invented by LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals .

Bullock met with Rajeev Venkayya and other senior executives from Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.'s vaccine business division, which purchased Bozeman's LigoCyte last fall for $60 million.

The vaccine LigoCyte is developing to fight norovirus infection, commonly called stomach flu, is still in clinical trials. If it succeeds in winning U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, it could be manufactured any number of places.

GAIL SCHONTZLER, Chronicle Staff Writer

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