Codexis Opens Singapore Laboratory
Codexis, Inc., a private biotechnology company and leading developer of clean manufacturing processes, today announced the opening of Codexis Laboratories Singapore Pte. Ltd. (CLS). CLS is the companyâ€™s first research facility in Asia, and is an expansion of the companyâ€™s research and development operations in the U.S. and Europe. CLS will support the companyâ€™s pharmaceuticals business in both the innovator and generics markets.
The Guest of Honor at the laboratory opening ceremony was Mr. S. Iswaran, Minister of State for Trade and Industry. Other guests included Chu Swee Yeok, Bio*One Chief Executive Officer, Alan Shaw, Ph.D., Codexis President and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Baruch, Chairman of the Board and other members of the companyâ€™s Board of Directors. Bio*One Capital led the Codexis Series D private financing round in August 2006.
â€œOur expansion to Singapore is a significant part of our global development strategy,â€ Dr. Shaw said. â€œSingapore offers us access to a highly skilled workforce, proximity to our growing customer base in Asia, and a productive business environment as our company grows. Codexis Laboratories Singapore will play an important role in the development of new products serving our pharmaceuticals markets worldwide.â€
"We are pleased that Codexis, one of the top biocatalyst companies in the world, has chosen to set up its research facility in Singapore," said Mr. S. Iswaran. "This investment is indeed a strong endorsement for our ability to host such cutting-edge R&D activities, and will, no doubt, contribute to ensuring the long-term sustainability of our pharmaceuticals manufacturing sector.
â€œBio*One is delighted to welcome Codexis to Singapore,â€ said Ms. Swee-Yeok Chu. â€œOur investment in Codexis reflects Bio*Oneâ€™s strong support for innovative biomedical sciences companies with cutting-edge technology that will significantly impact the growth of the biomedical industry in Singapore. We are pleased to be able to play a role in Codexisâ€™ expansion plans in Asia to further the companyâ€™s growth.â€
The 20,000-square foot research and development center is in the Galen, in the Science Park III area of Singapore. When fully staffed, it is expected to house up to 70 R&D and operations personnel.
Codexis, Inc., a clean technology company, is a leading developer of biocatalytic process technologies that can substantially reduce the cost of manufacturing across a broad range of industries. These technologies enable novel solutions for efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly processes for pharmaceutical, energy and industrial chemical applications. In 2006, the U.S. EPA recognized Codexis with a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Codexis is a registered trademark of Codexis, Inc. For more information, please visit www.Codexis.com.