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Drug development site expansion updates

Fordham - Bioanalytical and CMC analytical services

We are delighted to share some updates on the Fordham site expansion project. 

April 2018

LGC’s Fordham site expansion continues with the completion of a new CMC laboratory for elemental impurities testing. The bespoke labs were officially opened by David Griffiths, Managing Director, Pharma & Health Solutions and Dr Sarah James, Principal Scientist, Drug Development Solutions.

The new inorganic laboratory has been designed to provide the optimal environment for elemental impurity testing.  Because metals are ubiquitous in the environment, the potential of samples being contaminated is one of the main concerns in elemental testing, and therefore the laboratory has used the minimum amount of metal in its construction, and any metal surfaces are covered to limit the potential of exposure. 

Corrosion is another potential issue due to the large amounts of acid used during microwave digestion of samples, therefore each microwave is individually extracted.  The laboratory has a clean, positive pressure lobby separating it from the corridor to reduce the possibility of dust and other particulates being drawn in. 

The result of all these measures is lower background concentrations, lower limits of detection on the instrumentation and a safer and more efficient working environment.  The necessity of repeating work due to point contamination events has been reduced and since moving in, no such events have been recorded and RFT has increased.
To find out more about LGC’s elemental and trace analysis services click here.

February 2018

Watch the time-lapse footage of the construction of LGC's CaFe.

November 2017

The completion of our new Large Molecule Bioanalysis laboratory this month was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Derek Craston, LGC’s Chief Scientific Officer. Derek was joined by some of the scientists who will be working within the new laboratories.


We are now in the process of installing the instruments into the brand new areas.


November also saw the relocation of office areas into the temporary block of Portakabins in order for the next phases of Fordham’s expansion to begin.


To read the latest press release about LGC's Fordham expansion click here

October 2017
  • Phase I of the Large Molecule Bioanalysis laboratory is nearing completion.
  • Our new on-site Ca-Fe is now open and has lots of delicious breakfast and lunch options available, along with a tasty treat or two.
  • Temporary office space is now built and ready for our various office teams to move into during November, this will allow for the next phase of building work to begin.



We will be updating this page with further developments as and when they happen over the coming months.