Crown expands Precos site to build caucasian cancer expertise

By Gareth Macdonald

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Animal housing to be part of Crown Biosciences expansion
Animal housing to be part of Crown Biosciences expansion

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Crown Biosciences has announced plans to double capacity at a site operated by its Precos division.

The expansion at the site in Nottingham – financial terms of which were not disclosed – will increase capacity for both in vivo​ and in vitro​ preclinical drug research according to a Crown spokesman.

He told Outsourcing-pharma.com the “increase in animal capacity is to allow for more studies to be run” ​adding that “we’re also establishing new models and broadening collections of cell lines, PDX, syngenic models focused on breast, prostate and ovarian cancers​.”

Precos' core businesses are its orthotopic and metastatic modelling technologies, imaging services and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models. The firm was acquired by Crown in July 2013​ as part of the contract research organisation’s (CRO) strategy of building in Europe.

This strategy was cited as a driver for the facility expansion by the Crown spokesman, who said: “Europe seen as central to Crown’s growth​” adding that client demand had also been a factor.

He also said the Precos site’s “proximity and access to expertise models of caucasian cancer types,​” but did not go into specific details.

The facility in question is located near the University of Nottingham where the PDX technology was developed.

US-headquartered Crown will rename Precos Crown Bioscience UK and, according to its spokesman, has already gone on a hiring spree in preparation for the facility expansion.

He said: “Additional scientific and technical staff were brought on and trained during Q4 2014 to allow for the new capacity to be operational as quickly as possible.”

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