Life Sciences Company to Locate in Asheville in January 2014

December 18, 2013

In early January 2014, f(x) Immune Co. will begin operations in the Technology Commercialization Center at the A-B Tech Community College’s Business Acceleration Site in Enka (BASE) as a participant in the Business Incubator Program. f(x) Immune Co. is a spin-out from parent company Flow Applications Inc. with headquarters in the greater St. Louis area and with labs in the greater Atlanta area.  f(x) Immune Co. is an immuno-diagnostic companion assay developer, offering laboratory services and biologics development support for member companies of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRma).

Over the next three-years, f(x) Immune Co. will hire up to six lab technicians for its new operation in Asheville. The company will give priority to associate degreed Laboratory Technicians trained in NCCLS accredited programs and graduates of the former A-B Tech Biotechnology Associate Program in Applied Science. Resumes and cover letters are invited and will be accepted at f(x) Immune Co. also plans to use lab services of the NC BioNetwork hosted at A-B Tech.

Company principals cited a number of reasons for the selection of Asheville, including the incubator and wet-labs in the tech commercialization center at A-B Tech, the robust talent pipeline for life sciences, and the EDC’s strategic focus on science and technology jobs and knowledge based entrepreneurship.

“The leadership of the NC Biotech Center’s Western Office traveled to our headquarters in 2011 to present these competitive advantages,” recalled Michael Hickey. “The EDC, A-B Tech and the Biotech Center teamed up to do an exceptional job facilitating our visits to the community. We are confident that the Asheville operations will meet our growth objectives in 2014 and beyond.”

“The f(x) announcement shows the community’s commitment and ability to compete for the Science and Technology jobs of the next generation,” observed EDC Board Chair Paul Szurek. “The partnership of A-B Tech and NC Biotech Center is very valuable in meeting the ambitious goals of the AVL 5×5 plan.”

f(x) Immune Company is led by principals Michael H. Hickey BS, MLS (ASCP) and Joseph E. Martinez PhD. with a combined 60-years of experience in the life sciences sector. Mr. Hickey described the company’s competitive advantage as the development of laboratory technologies in collaboration with its parent company Flow Applications Inc. and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will significantly decrease the time and expense of new biologics introduction. Collectively termed Multi-plexed Opsonic Detection Technologies (MODT), these methods will satisfy the criteria set down by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for classes of therapeutics known as biologics inclusive of bacterial vaccines and therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.

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