Thermo Fisher Scientific is scaling its operations in Scotland

Thermo Fisher Scientific is expanding its manufacturing capacity in Perth, Scotland to meet future global demands for COVID-19 testing and sample collection, creating 200 new jobs.

Vital solutions for better treatments

Given the significant demand for COVID-19 testing, Thermo Fisher Scientific will significantly ramp up its manufacturing capacity of its sample collection products at its site in Perth, Scotland.

The company's investment in added capacity and increased efficiencies will allow it to scale production to more than eight million filled tubes per week.

Sample collection products are vital for effective testing of individuals. Sterile media is dispensed into tubes that are used to safely collect and transport clinical specimens containing viruses. This ensures that the sample collected from a COVID-19 nose swab maintains its integrity while it is shipped to a lab for testing.

The company plans to complete the expansion in early 2021 and expects that it will create approximately 200 new full-time jobs by the end of 2020.

This news is the latest among Scotland's life sciences community mobilising and responding to the challenges arising from the COVID-19 environment - from drug discovery and manufacturing to researching potential COVID-19 treatments.

“With the expansion of our site in Perth, we are continuing to rapidly increase production of sample collection products to meet an urgent national and international demand for COVID-19 testing.”

Stewart Blair, Director of European Operations at Thermo Fisher Scientific

In support of the site expansion, Perth & Kinross Council helped the project through the planning and building warrant process, getting planning in place in record time.  

Thermo Fisher has also benefited from Scotland's supportive business environment for recruitment and skills development through our partners including Perth College UHI and Skills Development Scotland.

Scotland is already the most attractive location in the UK outside of London for foreign direct investment.

In November 2019, Thermo Fisher invested $24 million USD in its Inchinnan, Scotland site to expand global bioproduction capabilities with additional large-volume liquid manufacturing capacity for cell culture media.

Linda Hanna, managing director at Scottish Enterprise said:

"We’ve worked with the company for a number of years, initially with its Inchinnan manufacturing site expansion, and we’re pleased to continue this support, alongside our partners, with its Perth expansion."

Thermo Fisher's announcement of further investment in its Perth site reinforces Scotland's position as a great place for life science companies to invest in and attract the right talent and skills to grow.

Ivan McKee, Scotland's innovation minister said:

"Thermo Fisher is a huge part of Scotland’s life sciences industry and plays a key role in our response to the COVID-19 crisis supplying test kits, analysers and logistical support to the Lighthouse Lab in Glasgow, and NHS labs across the country.

"The planned expansion in Perth will help to meet future demand for testing supplies, and will support Scotland’s economic growth by creating skilled jobs in the life sciences sector."

“This increased production capacity helps demonstrate that Scottish manufacturing can meet the growing demand for COVID-19 testing at home and overseas. More importantly, it means COVID-19 samples can continue to be collected and transported safely as part of the global pandemic response.”

Linda Hanna, managing director, Scottish Enterprise

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