Tenant in the News: Thermo Fisher Scientific to Become Life Sciences Distribution Hub After Expansion
2 November 2018
The biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific opened its recently expanded facility with a ribbon-cutting and tour Monday morning.
Thermo Fisher Scientific expanded the distribution center and added a new facility dedicated to handling cryogenic storage and the National Cancer Institute Repository for Clinical Trials. The center will now be the distribution hub for life sciences in North America.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, has been in Frederick for about 30 years, said Dave Meadows, vice president and general manager for Fisher BioServices. There are also locations in Jessup, Rockville and Germantown.
Frederick County was the ideal location for the expanded facility because of its proximity to universities and research institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland Medical System, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and the National Cancer Institute, said Bret Schreiber, senior director of the Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences at the Maryland Department of Commerce.
For Mark Stevenson, chief operating officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the location also allows the company to meet goals of giving customers one-day service.
“It’s very important that we’re able to serve our customers in a timely manner when they order our product,” Stevenson said.
In addition to the improvements in distribution and life sciences, the new expansion allows Thermo Fisher Scientific to house a cybersecurity department. Stevenson said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that cybersecurity is becoming a bigger priority in light of the hacks happening across the world and targeting major companies.