LGC Standards has opened its first office in St Petersburg, Russia. This new office, coming only six months after a presence in China was established, demonstrates that LGC Standards continues to grow to support laboratory quality worldwide, according to the company.
Russia is widely recognised as a ‘pharmerging’ market, with a predicted growth rate in the pharmaceutical sector of 17% per annum to 2013 (Espicom – The Pharmaceutical Market: Russia, 2009.) The initial focus for the Russian team will be this sector, launching the LGC Standards range of 2400 reference standards for pharmaceutical impurities to support quality control.
The new office will be managed by Svetlana Buchaka, who has a PhD in Chemistry from St Petersburg State University and experience in both the industrial and academic sectors.
Dr Matthias Brommer, Director, LGC Standards said: “While Russia has its own metrological system for chemistry (GOST standards), there is increasing interest in the ISO metrological system widely used in the European Union, particularly for those industries seeking export opportunities into this market. With our new office in Russia, LGC Standards will be well placed to support these developments.”