Durham-based chemical research and development firm, High Force Research is to open a new 1,018 sq ft laboratory at the Wilton Centre in Redcar.
Located in the heart of the North East chemical industry and sited on a 75 acre world-renowned business and science park, the new fully equipped laboratory features six chemical fume cupboards and advanced research facilities custom designed for chemical development.
There is also scope for future expansion at Wilton as the Bowburn facility is at full capacity.
Founded nearly three decades ago in 1988, High Force Research is one of the UK’s longest established chemical research companies, supporting medical and scientific research advances.
The company specialises in developing and scaling up complex syntheses of molecules used by researchers in the pharmaceutical; biotechnology; diagnostics, and chemical sectors.
The company’s Dr Roy Valentine commented: “We will be staffed from day one with full time chemists based on site, two of whom are newly qualified PhD students from Newcastle University.
“We are hoping to recruit more chemists in the near future to help with our expansion plans at Wilton.”
He continued, “With around 90 research oriented businesses onsite we feel that the location also provides us with increased networking and collaboration possibilities.
Wilton Centre’s site director, Steve Duffield added that it was good news to be welcoming such a prestigious new tenant: “High Force Research is a well-established company and is creating a number of highly skilled positions that will attract well-qualified people to the area and help to boost the long term prospects of the Teesside economy.”