Welcoming visitors to Logan as they drive in on pastoral Highway 89/91 is a division of one of the world’s premier life-science technology companies. Thermo Fisher Scientific now occupies the ever-growing complex that was first home to HyClone Laboratories, a company founded in 1967 by a Utah State University professor interested in optimizing the serum manufacturing process. In 2006, it was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific, a nearly 40,000-employee global leader that serves customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals, clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions, government agencies, and environmental and process control industries. Thermo Fisher relies on its 800 individuals based in Cache Valley to work with large biotech companies and supply materials needed to manufacture therapeutics and vaccines for humans and animals across the globe.
The company thrives in part by partnering with Utah State University to find the brightest young graduates in biotechnology and other needed fields. When people are hired at Thermo Fisher, they typically stay and advance within the organization, says Carsten Lau, Global MarCom Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “A lot of people have been with this business for a long time and have grown in their careers here,” Lau added. “It’s not unusual to talk to individuals who have spent 20 or 30 years in this company.” He attributes this to a combination of professional fulfillment and the area’s high standard of living. “It’s just a beautiful area to live.”