Officials at Pall say the company is building a life sciences center of excellence (COE) at its new Harbourgate site in Portsmouth, U.K. The COE, expected to open in mid-2013, will offer a full suite of capabilities including cell culture, purification, analytical solutions, protein characterization, and microbiological tools, according to a Pall spokesperson. This latest COE will complement recently announced life sciences centers in the Westborough, MA, and Menlo Park, CA, as well as investments previously announced in China, Singapore, and India.

“Portsmouth represents an important life sciences hub for Pall. By upgrading and expanding our capabilities at the site, we are not only enhancing our ability to service our customers, but also creating a multi-disciplinary and responsive environment in which Pall scientists and engineers can thrive and innovate,” said Yves Baratelli, president, Pall Life Sciences.

The COE will include a dedicated 4000 m2; scientific area with a connected walkway to another recently opened facility that houses an additional 2000 m2; for life sciences technical support and training, R&D engineering, and product management. Manufacturing and test areas will remain at the current Walton Road site in Portsmouth.

In addition to customer service support, COE offerings will include the development, testing, and validation of a range of products that now form part of Pall’s portfolio. There also will be an extensive range of scale-up technology on hand for applying industry-leading standards to match demands for fully representative and rapid drug development.

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