Global pharma company Eurofins has told workers it intends to close its Dundee laboratory in a blow to the city’s life science sector.
The 29 Dundee-based employees were informed of the decision at the firm’s offices at Technology Park earlier this week.
The lab is to close at the end of January as Eurofins plans to move its UK drug discovery business to France.
Following the meeting, employees received a letter that stated: “As we advised in the meeting, the work will no longer be carried out from the Dundee premises (which will close) and instead be carried out from Poitiers, France.
“As a result of this decision it is possible that the business may have to make redundancies, although (as you were informed) we will fully explore redeployment opportunities to avoid redundancies wherever possible.
“We are therefore working with all employees of the company who are facing a potential transfer-redundancy situation.”
Eurofins is an international group of laboratories headquartered in Brussels and is valued at about £7 billion.
An insider said: “The proposal to close the Dundee office is being put out to consultation and the workers have been told that relocation is a possibility.
“The staff’s reaction has ranged from anger to numbness.”