Sartorius Opens $100M Center of Excellence for Bioanalytics in Ann Arbor

The life science group Sartorius today opened its new Center of Excellence for Bioanalytics in Ann Arbor, two years after breaking ground in the Tech Loop at Research Park.
The Sartorius life science group today opened its new $100 million Center of Excellence for Bioanalytics in Ann Arbor. // Photo courtesy of Melanie Reyes/Sartorius

The life science group Sartorius today opened its new Center of Excellence for Bioanalytics in Ann Arbor, two years after breaking ground in the Tech Loop at Research Park.

Sartorius states it has invested around $100 million in the state-of-the-art facility, which consolidates existing sites and functions in Ann Arbor. The number of employees at the site is expected to double over time.

“Sartorius is a leading provider of highly automated bioanalytical solutions that are used in the discovery and development of innovative biopharmaceutical drugs,” says Dr. Alexandra Gatzemeyer, head of the lab products and services division and a member of the executive board at Sartorius.

“We are helping scientists to gain better, data-driven insights and streamline their workflows, ultimately accelerating the development of new, life-saving therapies. With our new flagship site in Ann Arbor, we are bringing together our core competencies and dedicated experts under one roof, further strengthening our ability to address key customer needs in this highly innovative and relevant field.”

The 130,000-square-foot facility houses a modern manufacturing and services area, biology labs, a warehouse, office and training spaces, as well as a Customer Interaction Center (CIC).

Sartorius will develop and manufacture a range of bioanalytical instruments at this site, including the associated reagents, consumables and software solutions. In addition, the company will provide particle validation services and produce microcarriers used in cell culture processes.

The Center of Excellence was built with a focus on sustainability and is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, to be administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable features include green electric energy supply from 200 kilowatt solar panels, 30 electric vehicle charging stations, and Research Park’s first storm runoff pond.

“Ann Arbor is strategically located at the crossroads of talent, technology, and logistics, in close proximity to customers and renowned universities. The opening of our new building in the Tech Loop marks an important milestone for Sartorius in the Americas region, offering space for further expansion in the future,” says Maurice Phelan, president of Sartorius North America.

Sartorius already has been present in the city for several years, after acquiring the Ann Arbor-based businesses Essen BioScience in 2017 and SoloHill in 2020. In total, around 2,600 employees work for Sartorius at 12 sites in North America.

Sartorius is a leading international partner of life sciences research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. With laboratory instruments and consumables, the Group’s lab products and services division focuses on laboratories performing research and quality control at pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies as well as academic research institutes.

The Bioprocess Solutions division, with its broad product portfolio focusing on single-use solutions, helps customers manufacture biotech medications, vaccines, and cell and gene therapies.

The company, based in Göttingen, Germany, has a global reach with around 60 production and sales sites worldwide. In 2023, the company generated sales revenue of around 3.4 billion euros. Currently, around 14,600 employees are working at the company.

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