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13th June 2016  Content supplied by: Eurofins Scientific Group

Eurofins Lancaster Labs Expands Biopharma Testing Facilities in Ireland

Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, part of Eurofins Scientific have announced strategic plans for the expansion of its Dungarvan, Ireland campus, including development of a new building as well as expansion of its current facility. Further, as a major employer in the South East of Ireland, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is set to increase its workforce to over 500 staff by 2021 with this investment by its parent company, Eurofins Scientific.

Over 175 new jobs have been created in the past 24 months. The launch of this major building expansion programme combines the expansion of the existing 2,700m2 laboratory with an additional 4,400m2 extension, as well as the development of a 1,800m2 second site on the campus located in the IDA Business Park, Dungarvan. This means that the project will bring the Group's capacity to almost 9,000m2 of state-of-the-art laboratory surface to serve the biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland and the UK. The project is in the planning submission phase and building works are planned to commence in Q4 2016. The project is another example of the commitment of Eurofins Scientific to continued growth and investment in its laboratory operations in the region.

"This expansion is the result of successfully growing strategic partnerships with our clients and the value we bring to them and their target markets. And it reinforces Eurofins' absolute commitment to aggressively funding growth to enhance the way we serve our customers as well as build the best and widest-reaching testing network in the biopharmaceutical market," said Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., Chairman, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, and Group Senior Vice President, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing.

Carmel Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories in Ireland, said, "We currently serve 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies and our success is attributable mostly to the excellent commitment and technical capability of our people. Our broad base of clients means we work on a diverse range of products and development projects which offers an excellent scope for continuous learning and development of technical depth that is unparalleled. We invest heavily in our internal training programmes, and we are grateful to be supported by the IDA and the Skillnets to deliver technical competency in our team that is world class. We also pride ourselves on a service offering that meets the complex and varying needs of our clients, many of whom avail of all our service tiers, whether in-house or at the client facility. Our in-house testing services are complemented by our innovative and award-winning Professional Scientific Services (PSS) programme that places full-time analysts, technicians, scientists and technical support personnel managed by us directly at the client facility to provide long term staffing needs while maintaining the same services, expertise and cGMP compliance available at our facility in Dungarvan. We have PSS teams based at a variety of client locations in Ireland and UK."

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Date Published: 13th June 2016

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