RSSL opens new laboratory to expand service in pharma and food

Will create 20 jobs over the next three years

RSSL (Reading Scientific Service Limited) has this week opened a new £1.5m pharmaceutical development laboratory, based in the University of Reading JJ Thompson building.

The company says the 6,000ft2 laboratory is further evidence of its significant growth in recent years.

The expansion will enable RSSL to increase its capacity and service offerings to the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, food and drinks sectors.

The new laboratory follows the completion of a 10,000ft2 extension in March 2012, the addition of 44 new jobs, and a programme of laboratory refurbishments. It is expected to boost jobs in the local area, resulting in a further 20 roles across the whole business over the next three years.

The positions will be at all levels from experienced PhD qualified scientists through to school leavers, who are given the opportunity to enter a career in science as a trainee scientist, which allows them to work across both food and pharmaceutical laboratories.

Alan Gundle, Managing Director of RSSL, said: ‘The new facility is part of a long-term development programme to solidify Reading’s place at the heart of innovation and research in the UK and globally.

‘We are incredibly excited about the new laboratory and the breadth of expertise that will come from working across a range of disciplines and we appreciate the University of Reading’s positive approach to accommodating a growing scientific organisation.’

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