A pharmaceutical firm is set to create 200 jobs in Loughborough after passing a Government inspection.
Almac Pharma Services, in Loughborough, has been given a licence by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to begin production of certain kinds of drugs.
The firm, which has research facilities in the Charnwood campus – the former AstraZeneca site – says it now intends to expand it operations in the town.
Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan said “I am delighted to hear that Almac Group has successfully passed its inspection by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
“While the formal title of the accreditation is something of a tongue twister, what it means in reality is that Almac can expand its Loughborough base to include the manufacture of medicines bringing, in time, 200 highly-skilled scientific jobs to our area and economy.
“Having Almac as an anchor business at the Charnwood Campus is a huge benefit to our town which will only serve to increase the attractiveness of Loughborough to the wider science and technology sector.”
Almac Pharma Services managing director Graeme McBurney, said: “This is a great achievement and positive reflection of both the investment Almac has made in the site and of our staff operating the facilities.
“We are looking forward to beginning work for our clients at these world class facilities and already have committed projects which will commence in the coming months.”
Gosia Khrais, the Charnwood Campus’ commercial and marketing director, said: “I am thrilled with the outcome of Almac’s MHRA inspection.
“It is yet another milestone in the development of our science and business park that should give anyone wishing to relocate their operations to Charnwood Campus confidence in the site, its staff and infrastructure.
“We are proud to initiate activities that benefit our town and its residents, and will continue to consolidate our efforts to help create jobs, business opportunities and bring investment into Loughborough.”
The successful inspection means that Almac Pharma Services’ Charnwood Campus site will work closely with the company’s other bases in Craigavon, Northern Ireland and Audubon, Pennsylvania.
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