Sartorius, an international pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment supplier, has unveiled plans for its new 130,000-square-foot Center of Excellence in the Ann Arbor Research Park that is expected to open by the end of 2023.
Currently there are 140 employees in the Ann Arbor area, and the new facility is expected to increase that number to about 300 workers in the next few years. The new positions will include product development, operation, and other support functions.
“Sartorius is continuously growing and innovating, and this new facility in Ann Arbor will help the company meet the increasing demand for our products and services worldwide,” says Mary Lavin, president of Sartorius North America.
“The plant will house all our existing sites and functions already based in Ann Arbor for bioanalytics, microcarriers, and particle validation standards. In addition, we will build a Process Development Laboratory to support the advanced therapies market. Moreover, driving efficiencies in our business processes will support our growth plans.”
The state-of-the-art facility will consolidate the company’s existing business operations in Washtenaw County and other sites to create a Center of Excellence in Ann Arbor for the laboratory and bioprocess products and services in North America.
The latter products and services focus on providing advanced solutions to help customers develop drugs that cure, prevent, and halt the progression of diseases.
The project, which is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, will offer sustainable features including capacity for up to 75 electric vehicle charging stations, 200 kilowatt solar panels on the roof, and the research park’s first storm runoff pond to protect against flooding and erosion.
This extension is part of Sartorius’ ongoing worldwide expansion to support the development and production of biopharmaceuticals, enabling Sartorius to scale up its operations and capabilities in the Ann Arbor biotech hub.