August 29, 2023


Zoetis opens new diagnostics, biodevices R&D facility in Durham, North Carolina, US




Zoetis celebrated on August 24 the official opening of its new 78,000-square-foot building in Durham, North Carolina, the United States.


The facility is dedicated to diagnostics and biodevices research and development to meet the needs of veterinarians, livestock farmers and pet owners.


North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders and State Rep. Zack Hawkins joined Zoetis chief executive officer Kristin Peck and other company officials and employees at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the facility. North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences also had representatives at the event.


"The investment we have here is because of what you have delivered, your commitment to the company, to our customers and to animals," Peck said, addressing employees. "And the confidence we have in you is why you see this investment here in Durham.


"It's also super exciting to celebrate our expanded presence here in Durham around R&D, biodevices and diagnostics, and to really have the opportunity to bring so much more of the diagnostics work here into Durham," Peck said.


The expanded site will serve as the hub for Zoetis' engineering and diagnostics work, including device reliability testing. The new building features more than 78,000 square feet, including 23,000 square feet of total lab space allotted for a biodevice engineering lab, biodevice science lab, diagnostics engineering lab and diagnostics engineering lab space.


Zoetis employs approximately 200 people at its sites in Durham, more than half of whom are dedicated to the company's R&D work.


Robert Polzer, executive vice president and president of R&D at Zoetis, said: "The Durham community has been an absolutely fantastic home to our technologies for several years and this represents an evolution of our commitment to the Durham area to deliver our next-generation products."


Polzer said that Zoetis has more than a hundred colleagues within R&D at the Durham facility, with about 50% of them on board over the past three years.


"Our group, our talents, our expertise only represent one piece of our puzzle," Polzer said. "The other critical piece is obviously our ability to tap into local talent and expertise. Durham, a vibrant community, and the neighboring communities offer tremendous opportunities for partnerships and collaborations to ensure that we can deliver on our journey going forward."


- Zoetis

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