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Pharmaceutical research firm plans 320 jobs in Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Canadian pharmaceutical research company plans a nearly $31 million capital investment that could create 320 jobs in Missouri at its first U.S. facility.

Missouri officials announced the project Thursday. The state is offering about $4 million of incentives through the Missouri Quality Jobs Program.

Pharma Medica Research Inc. is a Toronto-based company that does research and development and trials for pharmaceutical companies. Its services include scientific affairs, medical writing, clinical trial monitoring, bioanalysis and data management. The company plans to use a building in St. Charles that previously housed a clinical research organization.

Gov. Jay Nixon met with officials from Pharma Medica Research this year during a convention in Chicago.