Almac Continues Global Expansion of Clinical Supply Services with Huge Facility for Specialist Storage

February 13, 2009

Almac Clinical Services has greatly increased its capacity for specialist storage of controlled and refrigerated clinical supplies.

The group today announced the opening of an additional storage facility at its EU headquarters in Craigavon to meet the increased demands for cold-chain & controlled clinical supply storage.

The huge new facility has been fuelled by unprecedented demand in the marketplace for provision of supply services catering for Biotech / Pharma companies that require refrigerated or controlled storage requirements for their clinical supplies.

This new purpose built facility contains a 1277m³ vault, holding an additional 150 pallet spaces for controlled drug storage. The facility provides 450 extra pallet spaces for storage of refrigerated material (2-8°C), with room for an additional future expansion of 400 pallets. This extra capacity is in addition to that already available at the site.

This latest development is in line with Almac’s continued expansion plans, as already reflected in the significant expansions for cold storage at the groups Durham (NC) and Audubon (PA) sites. This new state-of-the-art facility combined with Almac’s global depot network ensures Almac continues as a world leader in the provision of clinical supply services and solutions.

Robert Dunlop, President of Almac Clinical Services commented ‘The opening of the new storage warehouse is a testimony to our commitment to providing the highest quality of service and available capacity to our customers. As demand for both controlled drug and cold chain storage has grown steadily in recent times, we must provide our offerings in line with market demands. This positions Almac firmly as a market leader for clinical supplies, offering unrivaled cold chain & controlled drug resources for our client base.’

About Almac Clinical Services

Almac Clinical Services is a global company focused on clinical trial supply solutions, with sites in Craigavon (UK), Audubon (PA, USA) and Durham (NC, USA). Almac Clinical Services enables clients to meet their trial start dates by leveraging skilled and experienced personnel coupled with robust quality systems and operational flexibility. Services provided include blinding, packaging, labeling, global distribution, QP release, analytical testing, drug supply management and online randomization.

About Almac

The Almac Group comprises five closely integrated divisions offering a broad range of services from R&D, translational genomic services, API manufacture, product development, clinical trial supply and technology (IVRS/EDC), to commercial-scale manufacture. Almac provides services to over 600 companies including all the world leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

The company has almost 2,200 employees and is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. US operations are based in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California. Construction of the company’s new $100m North American Headquarters started in July 08 and is expected to be completed 2010.




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