ATLANTA, GA – The developer of Leksell Gamma Knife, a popular brain cancer treatment device, will add 100 jobs and relocate its North American headquarters from Norcross to The Terraces in Central Perimeter.
The Stockholm-based medical device company, Elekta Inc., will locate the new headquarters in about 50,000 square feet atThe Terraces office complex in Atlanta’s Central Perimeter business district. The company could take an additional 20,000 square feet for a training center, sources said.
The Elekta relocation and expansion was referred to as “Project Sack” in economic development circles. The Georgia Department of Economic Development declined to comment on the expansion, which is expected to be announced today.
Elekta develops tools and dose planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery and brachytherapy, in addition to software systems.
The company will relocate about 150 employees from Norcross to Dunwoody, said Kristie Amobi, Elekta’s vice president of oncology marketing.
The 100 new jobs, which will be added over five years, will include sales, accounting and marketing, finance and service engineering jobs.
“We’ve been expanding our marketshare pretty rapidly in North America,” Amobi said. “We need additional resources.”
Elekta is considering locating a training center at the new headquarters, which would attract physicians from around the country, Amobi said.
“We are still evaluating our options for internal and external education as we have various locations around the country that we use for that purpose,” she said.
In addition to Atlanta, Elekta has major operations in Sunnyvale, Calif; Henderson, Nev.; and St. Louis, Mo.
Atlanta is a magnet that attracts talented people and high-growth companies such as Elekta, said David Hartnett, vice president of bioscience-health IT industry development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber . The region is home to more than 200 health IT companies, who employ more than 16,000, Hartnett said.