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Science firm Life Technologies in £12.5m expansion

Life Technologies
Image caption About 30 new jobs will be added to the 500 employed by Life Technologies

US bioscience firm Life Technologies is to invest £12.5m into its base near Glasgow.

The investment will help it expand and keep up with the rising demand for its cell culture products used in the research and production of new drugs.

The company's site at Inchinnan acts as the headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

About 30 new jobs will be created on top of the 500 already employed in Scotland.

A new plant will be built next to the existing facility, with construction work expected to start in 2013, with the plant up and running in 2014.

Biological therapies

The group sees itself as a "partner to pharmaceutical companies developing biological therapies" and said this latest investment strengthened that position.

Life Technologies, based in California, employs more than 10,000 people and has customers in 160 countries.

Chief executive Gregory Lucier said: "Our investment in this facility now provides a secure, complementary supply chain source for media used in life saving therapeutics while also addressing the growing global demand for our cell culture media products."

He added: "We have a skilled workforce in Scotland whose commitment gives us a competitive advantage and allows us to serve our customers with high quality products."

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "This investment is a welcome boost for Scotland's economy and I'm delighted that Life Technologies have decided to expand their facility at Inchinnan.

"Scotland's life sciences research is rightly regarded as among the very best in the world and developments like this help to continue to build on that enviable reputation for the future."

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