Why pharma is building a $2.5 billion cleanroom innovation center in Atlanta

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to open a $1.5 million cleanroom in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead to provide training, research and development for manufacturers, doctors and pharmacists.

The facility, called Pharmacy Cleanroom Innovation Center, will be located at a warehouse that formerly housed the pharmacy business, which closed in the wake of the Great Recession.

The center, which will open in 2018, will include a training facility, a clinical labs and the pharmacy sales and distribution network.

The Center for Medicare Innovation is a joint venture of the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.