Biopharmaceutical center opens Puerto Rico office

APRIL 23–ROCHESTER, N.Y..–Sear-Brown, an engineering and architecture firm operating in the Albany area, has opened a new office in Puerto Rico that it says will help develop New York state’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Sear-Brown runs the New York State Centers of Biopharmaceutical Design Excellence in Albany, Binghamton, and Melville, Long Island, and this new office will feed significant work to all three, the company said.

“We are reaching our goal in becoming one of the top suppliers of planning, design, commissioning, validation and construction support services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry,” said Andrew Pomeroy, vice president of business development.

Sear-Brown developed the centers with grants from Gov. George Pataki. In addition to its role in helping New York state, the new office will make Sear-Brown more responsive to its Puerto Rican clients, the company said.

The Puerto Rico office will have six employees headed by biopharmaceuticals manager Catherine Ahern, who expects her staff to grow to eight within the next year. About 250 people work in the biopharmaceuticals division.


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