IVYLAND, Pa., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services, part of UDG Healthcare plc, recently announced plans to move its corporate office to 1110 Virginia Drive, Fort Washington, PA, due to the continuing expansion of the business. The new office, situated in Philadelphia's northwestern suburbs, is over 80,000 sq.ft. which is 60% larger than the current Ashfield workspace. The expected move is scheduled for March 2017 after construction of the new space is completed in February.
Ashfield, a leading outsourcing partner for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for commercial and medical services, has been based in its current Ivyland location since 2007 when it purchased Alliance Healthcare Information. The need for a new, bigger facility is a result of the organization growing from 120 to 1500 employees and a significant expansion in operations to accommodate the company's commercial sales and contact center outsourcing, medical information, pharmacovigilance, market access, event planning and healthcare communication service offerings.
In addition to providing much needed office and parking space for employees, the new headquarters will include meeting rooms and an auditorium as well as a dedicated client lounge, full-service cafeteria, coffee shop, fitness center and outdoor patio seating for employees.
"We were fortunate to find a location with new amenities that our employees value. The new location will encourage employees to help grow the business and feel part of a leading global healthcare outsourcing organization. We have made it a priority to create a space that allows employees to work together, share their knowledge and ideas and build working relationships. Our new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us continue to grow and evolve to keep pace with our client's needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way," said Mike Stout, Ashfield's US Commercial & Clinical CEO.
The company plans to install state-of-the-art telephony and connectivity in the new offices as well as client and employee build-outs in a bright and open layout to encourage collaboration and improve client service.
"The move to a new building with a modern and collaborative workspace will help support our culture of clever thinking by an energetic and quality driven staff. The new much larger space also accommodates our growth as we build the business with existing clients as well as new ones," said Ashfield's US Medical Information and Pharmacovigilance President, Mary Anne Greenberg.
Construction of the new space is expected to be complete near the end of February, 2017. Ashfield will move its commercial, clinical and medical information operations, to the new facility in early March. Ashfield will continue to offer its pharmacovigilance and market access services from its North Carolina offices and its healthcare communication services in its Connecticut, New Jersey, Chicago and California offices. Meetings and event services will remain at their offices in Ivyland.
Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services, part of UDG Healthcare plc, is a global leader in providing outsourced healthcare services to pharmaceutical, device and biotech companies. The company has 6,000 employees, operates in 19 countries across Europe, North America, South America and Asia and works with more than 250 companies, including all of the world's top 25 pharmaceutical companies. Its mission is to partner with its clients, improving lives by helping healthcare professionals and patients get the medicines, knowledge and support they need. Ashfield's provides contract sales teams, customer service reps, medical science liaison officers, remote detailing, nurse educators, medical information, healthcare communications, market access, market research, training, event management, digital, creative and pharmacovigilance services. For more information, go to www.ashfieldhealthcare.com.
About UDG Healthcare plc
Listed on the London Stock Exchange, UDG Healthcare plc is a leading international provider of services to healthcare manufacturers and pharmaceutical retailers, with operations in 20 countries including the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. The Group operates across three key areas: Ashfield Commercial and Medical Services, Sharp Packaging Services and Supply Chain Services.