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Faster Delivery, More Flexible Ordering, and Reduced Transportation Costs for Biopharma Clients and Investigator Sites in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
BURLINGTON, N.C., April 22, 2021 — Labcorp® (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company, today announced the opening of an automated clinical trial kit production line in Mechelen, Belgium, which doubles the automated production capacity of the company’s industry-leading central laboratory services unit. The central laboratory services unit is part of Labcorp’s Drug Development business, also known as Covance by Labcorp.
“In addition to supporting future growth and capacity needs, the enhanced capacity significantly strengthens our business continuity infrastructure,” said Jonathan DiVincenzo, president of the Clinical Trial Testing Solutions group at Covance by Labcorp. “This is good news for drug developers who are seeking faster, simpler, clinical trial testing and delivery without sacrificing quality.”
The new, automated line will be used to produce specimen collection kits for clinical trial investigator sites in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It is housed in Covance by Labcorp’s European Operations Center, a multi-use facility responsible for dry ice production and distribution, as well as study and logistics support.
“With approximately one-third of the biopharma pipeline focused on precision medicines, it’s critical that we find innovative ways to help our customers speed these transformational therapies to the patients who need them,” said Paul Kirchgraber, M.D., CEO of Labcorp Drug Development. “This new production line is a prime example of such innovation.”
Kit production will follow standard operating procedures used at the company’s Mechelen and Indianapolis, Ind. locations, offering the same high-quality kits already associated with Labcorp Drug Development. The new, Belgium-based line is expected to scale up production as the year progresses.
Labcorp is a leading global life sciences company that provides vital information to help doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and patients make clear and confident decisions. Through our unparalleled diagnostics and drug development capabilities, we provide insights and accelerate innovations to improve health and improve lives. With more than 70,000 employees, we serve clients in more than 100 countries. Labcorp (NYSE: LH) reported revenue of $14 billion in FY2020. Learn about Covance by Labcorp at www.Covance.com, and Labcorp at www.Labcorp.com, or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @Labcorp.
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