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Thermo Fisher Scientific Unveils New Clinical Research Laboratory in Virginia

$97 million investment enhances bioanalytical services, helping pharma and biotech customers accelerate drug development

WILMINGTON, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today expanded its clinical research operations with the opening of a state-of-the art bioanalytical lab in Richmond, Virginia. The new unit will support increasing demand across biopharma for consistent, high-quality laboratory services to accelerate drug development. The 59,000-square-foot facility is part of the previously announced $97 million investment by the company to expand its bioanalytical laboratory operations in Richmond and add more than 500 jobs over the next three years.

The current laboratory services operation in Richmond, which Thermo Fisher acquired through the purchase of PPD, Inc. in December 2021, now comprises more than 350,000 square feet, making it one of the largest laboratories of its kind in the world. The entire Richmond operation employs about 1,300 local professionals, including Ph.D.-level scientists, analytical laboratory staff and other scientific professionals. The bulk of the expansion with this new facility will occur in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry for drug discovery through to clinical testing, as well as subsequent enhancements in cell and gene therapy, biomarkers, vaccine sciences and immunochemistry.

“The ongoing expansion of our bioanalytical operations builds on the growth of our drug development expertise over nearly four decades, enabling us to provide customers with high-quality lab services to advance their clinical research programs,” said David M. Johnston, Ph.D., senior vice president and president, clinical research, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “These additions will enable us to meet the growing needs of our customers delivering life-changing therapies. We are thankful for the support this project has received from leaders in Virginia, Henrico County and Richmond.”

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin said, “Congratulations to Thermo Fisher on the unveiling of their new clinical research laboratory. As a world leader in the scientific field, we welcome their growing expansion in the Commonwealth. Their announcement is a testament to what the Commonwealth can offer for a growing company: a great workforce, economic development tools and abundant resources.”

The Richmond bioanalytical lab, elements of which have been operating since 1985, provides services for all phases of biopharmaceutical development for small molecule drugs, biologics, vaccines and biomarker testing. Drug testing services include drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), immunogenicity and biomarker quantitation to support drug efficacy and safety.

In addition to bioanalytical, biomarker and vaccine sciences labs in Richmond, Thermo Fisher’s clinical research business includes bioanalytical and good manufacturing practices (GMP) labs in Middleton, Wisconsin; a GMP lab in Athlone, Ireland; central labs and biomarker operations in Brussels, Belgium, Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Singapore; and bioanalytical, biomarker, vaccine sciences and central labs in Suzhou, China.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue of approximately $40 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, increasing productivity in their laboratories, improving patient health through diagnostics or the development and manufacture of life-changing therapies, we are here to support them. Our global team delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services, Patheon and PPD. For more information, please visit


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Last Updated: 12-Oct-2022