KANNAPOLIS, N.C.--Ei, A Pharmaceutical Solutionworks™ is moving a 24-person research and development team including three PhDs and nine Masters level scientists into a 10,000-square-foot laboratory with office space on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.
Ei’s research and development team is currently housed on Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis in the company’s 140,000-square-foot semi-solids manufacturing facility. The move to the NCRC allows the company to enhance its dermatological product development and add skin biology research. The NCRC offers scientific expertise in antioxidants and other plant-based bioactive compounds, which are often incorporated into skin care products.
Ei, a subsidiary of Product Quest Manufacturing, specializes in the development and manufacturing of therapeutic, over-the-counter, and prescription skin care products for leading pharma and consumer goods companies. Ei also partners with customers to develop Abbreviated New Drug Applications for generic drugs.
Ei’s Chief Scientific Officer Charles W. Gray, Jr., PhD, commented: “By offering best-in-class facilities, advanced scientific capabilities at the David H. Murdock Research Institute and significant opportunities for collaboration with other research centers on campus, the NCRC will significantly accelerate our progress toward creating premier dermatology development capabilities and providing our customers with a robust turnkey service from early development through commercial manufacturing.”
John Regan, CEO of Product Quest and Ei, added: “R&D represents a key area of investment for the growth of our company. We are excited to partner with the NC Research Campus to bring additional capabilities to our customers.”
Campus scientists will benefit from the collaborative opportunities. “Ei adds a critical product formulation and development component to the campus,” said Mark Spitzer, vice president of operations for Castle & Cooke North Carolina, NCRC developer. “By partnering with companies like Ei, the research coming out of our laboratories will be accessible to more people, improving opportunities for healthy living and even having the potential to benefit the agriculture sector of our state.”
Ei’s move to the NCRC will occur over a four month period to not interrupt ongoing projects. The company plans to hire additional scientists within the next year.