Move is expected to add 150 new jobs while increasing central lab capacity.

Quintiles Transnational says it plans to build a new office near Edinburgh that will be the Scotland home for its product development business, including Quintiles Laboratories and its NovaQuest group. The company will also add 150 jobs in Scotland over the next four years, notes a Quintiles official.

The new 112,000-sq-ft structure, which Quintiles could expand to 132,000 square feet, will be built near Quintiles’ present 36,500-sq-ft laboratory. The new building will provide about 80,000 square feet of space for the laboratory business.

Quintiles’ product development and NovaQuest personnel occupy about 25,000 sq. ft. in a Bathgate office, and these units will move into the new building. Quintiles has 390 employees in the two locations.

“Our lab business is expanding, globally and in Europe, because of our proximity to clinical trial sites and our tight quality control,” explains Thomas Wollman, senior vp, global central laboratories. “This new facility will enhance our level of customer service in the U.K. and Europe, just as our new central lab in Mumbai has improved service in India.”

The new structure will be developed and built by Charlotte, NC-based Keith Corp. on the Alba Campus business park in Livingston, about 15 miles from Edinburgh city center. Quintiles will sign a 15-year lease for the facility. It is receiving a $2.4 million Regional Selective Assistance Grant from the Scottish Executive to help offset some of the company’s $13 million investment in the new building. Under terms of the grant agreement, Quintiles has agreed to add 150 jobs over the next four years.

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