This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
10 April 18 - May 1, 2009
Community
www.SanTanSun.com
Covance from Page 1
the facility even more critical to the western United contribute to the development of medicine for HIV/
States. AIDS, breast cancer, heart disease, leukemia, deadly
The mayor and Covance employees talk with infections and many other disabling diseases.
ongoing optimism about the advancement, which The 288,000-square-foot facility spreads across
will provide many new jobs to the area and widen the 35 of 77 acres owned by Covance, with 60 current
“biomedical research triangle” of Phoenix, Tempe and employees out of a potential 2,000. Strongin says the
Scottsdale to include Chandler as well. company plans to expand with client needs.
For now, the facility features fi ve laboratories
designated for preclinical, toxicology and dose analysis
studies and three vivariums that house monkeys, dogs
and rodents for testing.
FDA mandates testing
All testing Covance conducts is federally mandated
and regulated by the USDA and FDA.
STSN photo
The Chandler Covance exceeds the mandated
IN CHARGE: Monique Heiser-Wong, vice president and general
manager at Covance in Southern Chandler.
requirements by adhering to stricter, more animal-
friendly European restrictions on caging facilities, “It’s a shame that a company with a history of
allowing animals to be grouped together for secrecy, deception and federal law violations has put
socialization and enrichment purposes. down its tentacles in our community,” McClellan says.
STSN photo
“We will use it as a model to transition it into other Chandler was chosen as a new Covance site because
TESTING GROUNDS: Laboratory testing to prepare drugs for
parts of the U.S.,” Strongin says. of its transportation and labor force and its strength
human consumption is the purpose for Covance.
Along with advanced caging, the facility was built in all other criteria considered, according to Wendel
with “green” initiatives in mind, installing energy- Barr, Covance vice president.
Since January, employees have been conducting effi cient lights and toilets, and using reclaimed water “I think it is a wonderful day for the community
safety testing, formulation and identifying proper for vegetation. here,” Barr said at the recent opening. “We really
dose amounts at the site that will now serve major Ongoing protests regarding testing practices and appreciate the efforts of those involved in making this
pharmaceutical and biotech companies with animal- air-quality seemed to cease upon construction 18 a reality.”
testing services. months ago, according to Strongin.
Although Strongin says she cannot reveal the “The community at large understands the benefi t of
Jen Bondeson is an Arizona native and a writer of all trades. She
fi rst clients to utilize the compound, she says many having Covance,” Strongin says.
can be reached at JenB@SanTanSun.com.
new companies are partnering with Covance, which But some disagree.
conducts one-third of all testing of pharmaceutical Jan McClellan of Chandler’s Citizens Against
drugs worldwide. Covance says that the opening of Covance was done
Animal testing at the new laboratories will “quickly and quietly, with no heads up.”
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com