GE Healthcare Life Sciences said it will open a new $21 million, 160,000-square-foot facility in Marlborough, MA, as the new headquarters for its U.S. operations. It will establish a site for more than 500 GE Healthcare Life Sciences employees, including the creation of more than 220 new jobs, according to a company official, who noted that the site is scheduled to open next spring.

“Our new facility in Massachusetts will position us for continued innovation and competition in such a fast-paced, innovative industry,” explained Kieran Murphy, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences. “We will be close to industry-leading talent, customers, and world-class academic and medical institutions across all the industry sectors we serve, from biotech and pharma, to diagnostics and medical devices.”

The currently unoccupied space will be transformed into high-tech labs, customer application facilities, and office space to complement GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ existing manufacturing capability in Westborough, MA. The facility will consolidate GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ U.S. East Coast presence, bringing together a critical mass of talent and expertise-dedicated collaboration, innovation, and leadership in the industry, added Murphy. The new job opportunities will be as lab technicians, biologists, medical doctors, process engineers, and customer service representatives.

GE Healthcare plans to transition away from its site in Piscataway, NJ. However, a small facility in South Plainfield with roughly 40 employees will remain in the state.

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