Eurofins Donor Testing Services, which provides comprehensive laboratory services to meet the unique needs of the transplant community, will locate its newest laboratory, Eurofins CellTx, in Tucson, Arizona. The $3 million project is expected to create 24 jobs.
The new facility, located at the University of Arizona (UA) Tech Park, will comprise approximately 15,000 square feet of laboratories and administrative offices. The location is anticipated to be completed by the second quarter of 2022.
"Southern Arizona’s unique blend of leading-edge healthcare practices, a rapidly growing bioscience center of excellence, and strong local partnerships led us to establish our laboratory in Tucson,” said Kevin D. Barfield, Senior Vice President of Donor Testing Services at Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics and President of Eurofins CellTx.
Eurofins CellTx will be FDA-registered for screening human cells, tissues, and cellular- and tissue-based products and will hold certifications, licenses, or accreditations for CLIA, AABB, ISO 15189 and various state agencies, company officials said. CellTx is designed to provide critical testing support for cell and gene therapy-based products. The lab's comprehensive test menu will support these organizations from donor source to transplantable cell-based products.
“Eurofins has been a national bioscience and healthcare leader for over 35 years and we’re thrilled they are expanding their laboratory operations to Tucson,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “Eurofins’ expansion will bring dozens of skilled jobs, furthering Arizona as a national bioscience leader and highlighting the rapidly- growing industry in the state. We look forward to supporting Eurofins’ success in Southern Arizona.”
In addition to Sun Corridor Inc., partners in the project include the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Pima County, Michael Coretz of Commercial Real Estate Group of Tucson and the University of Arizona Tech Park.
“Sun Corridor Inc. is laser-focused on business development in targeted industries that match our strengths. We're thrilled to attract a laboratory focused on delivering needed services in healthcare,” said Joe Snell, President and CEO, Sun Corridor Inc. “Eurofins represents another building block as we emerge as a leading biotech hub.”
The UA Tech Park provides the ideal infrastructure for Eurofins CellTx and the connection to the University of Arizona so that the company can rapidly advance its leading-edge technology. The move aligns the facility with 80+ companies in a dynamic campus where emerging businesses and tech giants work side by side.
“The park offers more than just real estate. We provide the necessary support allowing Eurofins to focus on their business while all their infrastructure and auxiliary business needs are met,” said Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona. “Business support combined with the unique mix of office, lab, and R&D space enables Eurofins to scale rapidly. The versatility to customize their space to suit their needs, all while benefiting from the well-established university research park was an immediate draw for Eurofins.”