NAMSA opens expanded preclinical lab near Minneapolis

North American Science Associates (NAMSA) recently opened its expanded preclinical lab near Minneapolis.

It is “the biggest worldwide preclinical facility dedicated to medical medtech services,” NAMSA CEO Christophe Berthoux said in a promotional video by Medical Alley.

The facility — at 8945 Evergreen Boulevard in Coon Rapids, Minnesota — now has six cath labs and three operating rooms. The company said it added one more of each in the expansion to reduce wait times for procedures.

“We can do all sorts of different development studies for medical device manufacturers, all the way from very basic interventional procedures such as stent placement to highly complex studies” such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), NAMSA SVP of Global Laboratory Operations Lisa Olson said in the video.

Toledo, Ohio-based NAMSA also expanded the facility’s lobby, break room, and locker space.

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NAMSA appoints Berthoux as new CEO

NAMSA announced that it appointed Dr. Christophe Berthoux as its new CEO to take over for former president & CEO John Gorski.

Berthoux most recently served as CEO of Synexus Clinical Research Limited and is also currently acting as operating partner at ArchiMed, a private equity healthcare firm that acquired a majority stake in NAMSA in September 2020.

The transition will be made effective March 22, 2021. Gorski will relinquish day-to-day operations to focus on strategy while serving as vice chair of NAMSA’s board of directors, according to a news release.

“Although my desire is to step down as CEO after fully committing 15 years as its leader, my heart is with NAMSA and I will continue to be involved in a meaningful way,” Gorski said in the release. “Dr. Berthoux possesses the expertise and vision for NAMSA’s future goals, and has the talent and drive to lead us forward. I look forward to working more closely with our Board of Dire…

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