Roche(Indianapolis) on Tuesday dedicated its new manufacturing center in Branchburg, New Jersey. The facility is the largest polymerase chain reaction (PCR) manufacturing site in the world and was constructed to manufacture and supply Roche Diagnostics’ industry-leading products based on its PCR technology, the company said.

Roche has spent more than $150 million for construction of the new structure and renovations to the existing facility.

The new plant allows Roche Diagnostics to consolidate the production currently operating in various places in New Jersey to one centralized Branchburg location. The new facility will employ up to 800 people, creating about 350 new jobs. Work on the new facility began in April 2003.

“It is of utmost importance to have a facility that can respond to the increasing market demand for our PCR products,” said Franz Humer, chairman and CEO of the Roche Group.