Set to soon take over what has long been operated as a beer distribution warehouse, Frontier Scientific Solutions is introducing the region to a service not currently available locally: temperature-controlled storage for the life.
In the coming weeks, the new company plans to host its first delivery of pharmaceuticals at 805 N. 23rd St.
While Adams Beverages still operates about three-quarters of the facility, Frontier Scientific Solutions is expected to take over the entire space next year after the beverage distributor moves to its new headquarters in Leland.
Obtaining the approximately 15,000 square foot Frontier currently requires significant investment and effort, as pharmaceutical cold storage requires adherence to a rigorous set of protocols. Once Adams moves out, the entire building is expected to be converted to accommodate the life sciences industry.
“We are responsible for this product ending up in a patient’s arm or body,” said Frontier Chief Revenue Officer Michael Braddock II. “So it’s very much about compliance.”
CIL Wilmington purchased the property from Adams last June for $5.5 million, property records show. Braddock’s wife, Lannin Braddock, with whom he co-founded property company The Braddock Group, represented CIL in the deal; Will Leonard with Cape Fear Commercial represented Adams. Adams bought the facility from RA Jeffreys for $5.8 million in 2019, who had owned it since 2008.
Frontier has exclusive operating agreements with CIL Capital, an Indiana-based real estate company, which is building 500,000 square feet of new cold storage space at the Indiana International Airport business park. Wilmington. The North 23rd Street operation already has, and the airport facility will have, the ability to store pharmaceuticals at controlled, refrigerated and ultra-cold room temperatures, according to Braddock.
CIL Capital is investing $100 million in the airport facility, officials said.
Braddock said the two facilities, representing phases one and two of Frontier’s growth, can help shave hours off the current pharmaceutical manufacturing supply chain in the state, which operates primarily by truck from the Triangle to the northeast. The company aims to serve North Carolina-based pharmaceutical manufacturers as its primary customer base, the majority of which are in and around Research Triangle Park.
“We’re reducing driving time by 70% as it currently exists,” Braddock said. “What would normally be an eight to 10 hour journey is now a two hour, two and a half hour truck journey. So not only does it save time from a logistical point of view, but there is less risk of the product being damaged, lost or taking excursions out of the environment.
The company is confident that it will be able to fill the new facilities. “We’re hopeful and optimistic about the need that’s out there,” Braddock said.
Frontier can provide temperature-controlled logistics solutions for a variety of life science products, including active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), packaging materials like capsules or vials, vaccines, and finished pharmaceuticals.
Because the industry is highly regulated, companies wishing to use Frontier’s space must inspect it as part of their internal control protocols. “We’ve already had companies come in and do audits,” Braddock said.
Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations require companies in the industry, including Frontier, to implement stringent reporting and quality control measures. “They need to track from the time the product was developed to the time it ends up in a patient. And every step of that process needs to be tracked and measured, tracked and measured, tracked and measured,” Braddock said. “He’s a heavyweight. »
Currently a team of seven, Frontier Scientific Solutions will grow to a crew of 15 over the next few months and aims to grow to over 100 by the end of next year to coincide with the opening of the new facility. airport. “We’re going to accelerate through 2023,” Braddock said.
The majority of the roles the firm will need to fill are related to quality control and require extensive teaching experience. Frontier has already completed a round of specialist training at Cape Fear Community College and expects to receive another in a month or two, according to Braddock. The company is working with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to try to attract veterans who attend the university’s military affairs program.
Braddock thanks supporting organizations Wilmington Business Development, NC Biotechnology Center and Southeastern North Carolina for helping the new company navigate its initial phase of business.
“Over the past two years, we have been very pleased with the support provided by working with regional stakeholders, who have provided us with guidance and assistance as we become operational,” said he declared.
Streamlining North Carolina’s supply chain is integral to the company’s mission, Braddock said. “To keep revenue in North Carolina, that’s really the genesis of Frontier Scientific Solutions,” he said.
For more on Frontier Scientific Solutions and the growth of the life sciences industry, check out Friday’s issue of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.