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Plasma donation company to build in Boise, create 50 jobs


This rendering shows an early look at what BioLife's new plasma donation facility would like like on North Eagle Road. Illustration courtesy of Baxter

BioLife Plasma Services is planning to open a multimillion dollar facility next summer on Eagle Road in Boise, the company announced Sept. 10.

BioLife, a subsidiary of the health care giant Baxter, pays people for plasma donations used in medical procedures.

The building will be built from scratch on the corner of North Eagle Road and Wainwright in Boise, according to a news release from the Boise Valley Economic Partnership.

Alex Johnson, the regional marketing representative for BioLife, said the company usually spends between $3 and $6 million on new facilities, including the price of land. The Boise location does not have a set estimated price yet, he said.

The company expects to hire  several nurses, business management professionals and line workers who not required to have degrees in the medical field, Johnson said. Initially, the jobs will all be full-time positions, but the company will eventually hire some part-time workers after getting settled, he said.

Jana Jones, BVEP economic development services director, said the company had originally approached her agency through a consultant more than three years ago, inquiring about labor force availability in the medical field and other demographic information.

The company had already purchased the land before backing away from the project several years ago to wait until the economy was more stable, she said.

Johnson said it usually takes the company three to five years to develop a new location.

Jennifer Gremmels, a spokeswoman for Baxter, BioLife’s parent company, said the company came to Boise due to its demographics.

“In this case, the Boise community demographics are similar to other communities where we have thriving centers,” Gremmels said.

Specifically, the company usually locates in places that have a high percentage of potential donors living nearby, she said. Their donors are usually between 20 and 35 years old, with an even split amongst men and women. Depending on various locations, college students can make up anywhere from 15 percent to 60 percent of their donor base, she said.

BioLife is eligible for workforce training funds from the Idaho Department of Labor and has been pursuing a contract, Jones said. There are no other incentives directly attached to the company’s decision to open a location in Boise, she said.

In addition to the construction costs and eventual hiring of 50 employees, BioLife puts an extra $1.5 to $2 million per year into the local economy through payouts to plasma donors, Johnson said. The average payout is about $200 per month for a donor, he said.

BioLife already has two Idaho facilities in Ammon and Coeur d’Alene.

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