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Bothell is at center stage in Japan-Denmark biotech deal

Japanese conglomerate Asahi Glass recently spent half a billion dollars to buy the Danish contract manufacturing company CMC Biologics and has made Bothell the center for a multinational biotechnology operation it intends to grow.

Asahi Glass is the sort of sprawling, century-old Japanese conglomerate that makes everything from glass and electronics to chemicals, ceramics and flooring materials.

It also has a hand in warehousing and transportation services, as well as “cleaning of buildings, gardening and tree planting; recycling of waste; and management and administration of port facilities,” according to Standard & Poor’s.

Not mentioned is biotechnology — but that could change.

Asahi recently spent $511 million to buy the Danish contract-manufacturing company CMC Biologics, and has made CMC’s Bothell unit the center for a…

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