Quintiles to Create UK Jobs

Biopharmaceutical company Quintiles is looking to establish more UK sites, creating pharmaceutical and clinical jobs, reports pharmatimes.com.

The US company sees the UK as a good place for clinical trials and is hoping to open at least two more Prime Sites to go alongside the one at Queen Mary, University of London. Including two other current sites, Quintiles employs 2,000 people in the UK, a figure set to rise with the planned opening of the new Prime Sites.

Lindy Jones, Quintiles head of global integrated site services, says the UK is of “significant interested to us,” with fifty trials currently being run at the Queen Mary site. Jones believe that the UK “has opened up far more to clinical research” in the past eighteen months, meaning that Quintiles is considering opening “an additional two, maybe three Prime Sites in the UK.”

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Pfizer Opens Biotechnology Packaging Facility

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]A new multi-million pound state-of-the-art biotechnology facility for the global biopharma company Pfizer was opened by the Science Minister, David Willets today.

The new facility is based at the pharmaceutical company’s Havant site and has cost £26.3 million. This is a significant investment by Pfizer and is evidence to the UK’s strengths in life sciences and the pool of highly skilled pharmaceutical workers we have to offer. In fact, in 2009/2010, the UK alone attracted 173 life sciences investment projects, generating nearly 8,500 jobs.

Science Minister, David Willets stated, “Pfizer’s commitment to the UK is a big win for our life science and manufacturing base. I’m hugely encouraged that even in these tough economic times the world’s largest research-based biopharmaceutical company has chosen the UK to make this significant investment.

“The Government is determined to ensure that the UK has one of the leading business environments in the world for the life sciences and remains a global force in this field.”


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