ALS Pharmaceutical invests £2m in chemistry and microbiology expansion

Ely facility quadruples in size to keep up with growth in demand for chemical and microbiological testing

The new microbiology labs at the ALS site in Ely

UK top microbiology and chemical analysis company ALS Pharmaceutical has invested in excess of £2m to quadruple the size of its facility in Ely. The new laboratories, with more than 35 staff, were officially opened at the beginning of September.

The company, which has five sister laboratories located across the UK and Ireland and is part of the £700m ALS Global company, offers a comprehensive range of high quality analytical testing services. Clients include local NHS hospitals and many of Europe's leading manufacturers of medicines, as well as nutritional and cosmetic producers.

The Mayor of Ely, Ian Lindsay, himself a retired RAF physician, cut the ribbon leading to the expanded facilities, and then toured the state of the art HEPA filtered laboratory, purpose-built chambers for stability trials, and the batch release testing capabilities.

'Our laboratory has experienced double-digit growth for the last five years, and we now perform more than 40,000 chemical and microbiological tests every month, helping to ensure medicines and cosmetics meet safety standards and their stated shelf-life,' says Sharon Hanly, General Manager of ALS Pharmaceutical.