Hudson biotech company relocating to Mass.By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
October 15. 2017 9:12PM
HUDSON — Five years after opening its East Coast corporate office and distribution center in New Hampshire, a California-based biotechnology company is relocating its operations to Massachusetts.
Innovive announced it will move from its 20,000-square-foot facility in Hudson, located on Friars Drive, to Billerica, Mass., in the first quarter of 2018. All the Hudson employees are expected to transfer to the Billerica office, according to a company spokesman.
The privately held company, headquartered in San Diego, serves the biomedical research market with its patented disposable IVC rodent caging system.
Josh Feucht, a marketing associate at Innovive, said as many as 50 new employees could be hired after the relocation for production and warehouse. The move will allow Innovive to serve Greater Boston faster, he added.
“We can participate in and serve the area’s emerging biotech market with our products and services,” he said.
In July 2013, the company announced its opening in Hudson with a new corporate office on the East Coast. The center was previously occupied by ThermoFisher Scientific and provided Innovive close proximity to Greater Boston, which hosts one of the largest biomedical research regions.
“All customers in the Greater Boston area will benefit from the convenience of Innovive operating in the Eastern Time Zone, the security of local inventory in the new warehouse and deliveries made by Innovive staff using the company’s own fleet of trucks,” said Jim Fallon, the company chief operating officer, in a release at the time.
But Innovive outgrew its New Hampshire location and sought a larger space for its customer service, sales and supply chain logistics, as well as distribution and warehouse operations.
The new facility in Billerica is 68,000 square feet on Concord Road. Feucht said the company is in the process of a large-scale renovation of the building, which includes raising the facility’s roof to allow more natural light.
“We’re doing a total revamp – gutting the current space and remodeling it,” Feucht said. “We’re shooting for the first quarter of 2018 (to relocate).”
Founded in 2004, Innovive has more than 500 installations of disposable rodent housing worldwide. It serves animal research facilities with products that are disposable and manufactured with recycled materials.
Eliminating the traditional cage wash operations, according to Innovive, allows laboratories to free up funding, space and labor to allow more time for research.