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EI, A Pharmaceutical SolutionWorks™ bolsters R&D capabilities by joining the NC Research Campus

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kannapolis, NC-  July 14, 2016-  This month, Ei, A Pharmaceutical Solutionworks™ begins moving a 24-person research and development team, which includes three PhDs and nine Masters level scientists, into a 10,000-square-foot laboratory with office space on the third floor of the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.

Ei’s research and development team is currently housed on Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis in the company’s 140,000-square-foot semi-solids manufacturing facility. The move to the NCRC allows the company to enhance its scientific foundation for dermatological product development and add a significant skin biology research capability. The NCRC also offers a concentration of scientific expertise on the health benefits of antioxidants and other bioactive compounds found in fruits and vegetables. These naturally occurring compounds are regularly incorporated into skin care products.

Ei, a subsidiary of Product Quest Manufacturing, specializes in the development and manufacturing of therapeutic, over-the-counter, and prescription skin care products for leading pharma and consumer goods companies. Ei also partners with customers to develop Abbreviated New Drug Applications for generic drugs.


Ei’s research and development home- the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building on the NC Research Campus.

Ei’s Chief Scientific Officer Charles W. Gray, Jr., PhD, commented: “By offering best-in-class facilities, advanced scientific capabilities at the David H. Murdock Research Institute and significant opportunities for collaboration with other research centers on campus, the NC Research Campus will significantly accelerate our progress toward creating premier dermatology development capabilities and providing our customers with a robust turnkey service from early development through commercial manufacturing,”

John Regan, CEO of Product Quest and Ei, added: “R&D represents a key area of investment for the growth of our company. We are excited to partner with the NC Research Campus to bring additional capabilities to our customers.”

Campus scientists will also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with Ei. “Ei adds a critical product formulation and development component to the campus,” said Mark Spitzer, vice president of operations for Castle & Cooke North Carolina, the developer of the NCRC. “By partnering with companies like Ei, the research coming out of our laboratories will be accessible to more people, improving opportunities for healthy living and even having the potential to benefit the agriculture sector of our state.”

Ei’s move to the NCRC will occur over a four month period so that the company’s ongoing projects are not interrupted. The company plans to hire additional research and development scientists within the next year.



Ei, A Pharmaceutical Solutionworks™, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Product Quest Manufacturing, based in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ei develops and manufactures topical liquid, semi-solid and loose powder lines for pharmaceutical, over the counter and therapeutic skin care and animal health clients. The company operates 180,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Kannapolis, less than three miles from NC Research Campus. Ei offers a robust topical drug product development capability and turn-key project management including formulation development, package sourcing, testing, method development, validation, ICH stability programs, bulk manufacturing, filling and regulatory filing assistance. Ei represents over 50 customers with a strong concentration of multi-national, top-tier pharmaceutical and therapeutic skin care companies and other Fortune 100 companies. Ei is privately held and was founded in 1983.



The North Carolina Research Campus, a development of Castle & Cooke North Carolina located north of Charlotte in Kannapolis, NC, is a collaborative, research center with 21 university, corporate, health care and technology partners that lead multi-disciplinary research to produce healthier and safer fruits and vegetables, natural ingredients and functional products while advancing the fields of targeted nutrition and personalized medicine.




Jennifer Woodford, NC Research Campus/David H. Murdock Research Institute, 704-200-5070 or jwoodford@dhmri.org

Jack Surrette, Ei, A Pharmaceutical Solutionworks™, 386-239-8787, ext. 2329 or JackS@pqmfg.com

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