Doubles laboratory space and increases workforce from 65 to 115 people
SGS Life Science Services, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has completed a major expansion at its Mumbai, India, facility with validation of new equipment currently underway. The state-of-the-art laboratory will be officially opened on 20 May.
The laboratory has doubled in size from 1,393m2 to 3,400m2 and once validation is completed, it will act as a dedicated cGMP pharmaceutical testing site.
SGS has also increased the workforce from 65 to 115 people, with the potential for up to another 40 employees in the additional facilities.
The investment at the laboratory has been focused on increasing stability chamber capacity, and in supporting chromatography equipment, including new UPLC capabilities. The Mumbai facility now has the largest stability testing facility in the SGS Life Science Services’ global network, with the expansion driven by the increased demand from both local and international customers.
These two facilities, coupled with our facility in Singapore, work very much as a harmonised unit
Three new 100m3 stability chambers have been installed for 21 CFR part 11-compliant short-term, long-term and accelerated studies, and covers all the International Conference of Harmonisation (ICH) conditions, as well as flexibility for specific client conditions.
The Mumbai expansion follows SGS’s renovation of its Chennai, India laboratory in 2014, which included increased laboratory space and increasing the workforce by 15 people to 75, with the flexibility to further accommodate up to 90 people.
'India is strategically very important for SGS Life Science Services, and the investments we have made in both Mumbai and Chennai have been based on customer demand for dedicated Full Time Equivalent-based models,' said Paul House, Managing Director of SGS India.
'These two facilities, coupled with our facility in Singapore, work very much as a harmonised unit, supporting not only local clients, but also those across South East Asia and beyond.'