Shott Trinova to add API capacity at ex-Covance animal testing site

By Gareth Macdonald

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Shott Trinova to add API capacity at ex-Covance animal testing site

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ARC Trinova plans to add API process development capcity at the animal testing lab it bought from Covance.

Covance sold its preclinical research unit in Alnwick, UK to ARC Trinova, a new entity formed by investment group Shott Trinova LLP, earlier this month​.

LabCorp-owned Covance mooted the idea of selling the Alnwick site last September​. 

The preclinical contract research organisation (CRO) announced it had entered talks with a party interested in buying the lab in December​. 

Sanofi deal

Covance bought the site from Sanofi in 2010​ in a deal that also saw it contracted to provide discovery, toxicology and chemistry services for five years.

The research services deal with Sanofi - which also saw Covance buy a facility in Porcheville, France - came to an end last year.

A Covance spokeswoman told us “in April 2015 we announced we were considering strategic options for the Alnwick site due to a more challenging preclinical market in Europe and the cease of the Sanofi contractual payments at the end of October 2015​."

The site provided CMC & Synthetic Chemistry, Bioanalysis, drug metabolism & pharmacokinetics (DMPK) and safety assessment services for pharmaceuticals development.

ARC said it "will add capability in active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) process development and scale up to the multi-kilogram level​."

Jobs

Covance employed 130 people at the laboratory. 

Steve Street, general manager and Covance global vice president early development, said: "The agreement with ARC Trinova provides a future for the Alnwick site and many of its staff and allows us to collaborate with ARC Trinova in certain areas linked to work performed at other Covance sites​."

Reports in the local press suggest at least 50 Covance employees will be joining ARC.

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