UXBRIDGE MP Boris Johnson opened TraceLink’s new European headquarters in Uxbridge, on Friday.

TraceLink, which has its US headquarters in Massachusetts, is creating 55 jobs across sales, services, marketing and administration, more than doubling its workforce in the UK.

The firm helps protect against counterfeit medicines entering the supply chain.

It has taken 8,500 sq ft in the Charter Building, the recently-completed office block in Charter Place. It is the company’s second largest site, with more than 70 employees.

Mr Johnson said: “I am proud to have companies like TraceLink right here in Uxbridge to continue pushing the UK to the forefront of the global life sciences sector.”

The leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “New jobs bring increased stability and a real boost for the local economy. It’s great news for the area.”

Jean-Marie Aulnette, the firm’s vice-president Europe, added: “The Uxbridge site is an ideal location due to its close proximity to central London.

“This is incredibly important for our employees, many of whom live in London and commute on a daily basis. We hope the office will attract new talent in the future as we look to expand the business.”