Beverly Hills biotech company Medolife Rx Inc. has broken ground on a lab in the Dominican Republic to raise scorpions.

Medolife Rx is a majority-owned subsidiary of Quanta Inc. in Burbank. Medolife uses peptides in scorpions to produce therapeutics. Increased quantity of the chemicals from the Dominican Republic facility will translate into mass production of its products, the company said.

Currently under construction, the 2,690-square-foot facility will serve as a research lab for pipeline product Escozine, a drug to treat cancer and COVID-19. 

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