Smerud Medical Research International AS (www.smerud.com), a Norwegian Headquartered full service, clinical contract research organisation (CRO) has made a significant investment in its Manchester (UK) office by trebling its employee headcount and facilities for 2012.

SMERUD have increased their Manchester based employees from 3 to 9 full time professionals. The recent additions bring with them a wealth of experience in drug development, with specialisms in clinical development planning, regulatory affairs, intellectual property management, biostatistics and quality assurance.

In conjunction with the talented clinical team already in place, this expansion underpins SMERUD’s commitment of supporting the needs of its existing clients in the local biotech sector and the UK life science industry.

SMERUD have also signed a 10 year lease on a newly refitted 3,500 sqft office suite occupying the top floor of Trafford House, overlooking Manchester United’s Football Ground. This is an 3 fold increase in space from the company’s previous Manchester office based at the Manchester Science Park and reflects the company’s continued success and ambition for future growth.

Knut Smerud, SMERUD’s  founder and CEO, commented: ‘We are very proud to be expanding our UK headquarters in Manchester. This expansion is part of our long term strategy to grow within the key UK marketplace and extend our service capabilities to meet the existing and future demands of the biotech sector within both the UK and EU.

Being Scandinavian in origin, we have always felt a common culture with Britain in general and the North-West in particular. For more than 15 years we have conducted Anglo-Nordic collaborative clinical trials with great success and always with friendly and very competent partners in the UK.

On a personal note, our new location is also a childhood’s dream come true – I have been a keen supporter of Manchester United since the mid 70’s, and now finally being settled with an office literally overlooking Old Trafford is very motivating. We hope to make our Manchester base our own ‘Theatre of Dreams’’.

Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency which works on behalf of the region to secure new business from overseas investors, commented: ‘It’s great news that SMERUD, an innovative multinational research company, has chosen Manchester to expand its UK operation”.

“SMERUD is a partner to a host of biotech companies and we’re delighted that they recognise the scale of Greater Manchester’s biomedical sector, and the potential business opportunities that it offers. MIDAS has worked with SMERUD for several years and will continue working closely to support their growth plans for the future.”

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