Quintiles, the world’s largest life sciences services and investment firm, formally opened its new headquarters in Great Britain on Wednesday.

The office near London houses some 500 employees who were consolidated from three other locations.

“I am proud to extend our strategic commitment to Europe, Middle East and Africa with this regional headquarters investment,” said Quintiles Chief Executive Officer Dennis Gillings at a dedication ceremony. “With such a wealth of scientific, medical and commercial expertise in the UK, the move has encouraged more cross-discipline collaboration to better serve Quintiles’ customers and power them forward in the fast-morphing world of biopharma.”

Quintiles, which is based in RTP, operates worldwide with more than 2,000 employees in the U.K. and some 9,000 across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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