The company hired John D. C. Simpson, a 23-year vet of biotech giant Genentech, to lead the new South San Francisco office.

Seabrook, NH and South San Francisco, CA – April 17, 2018 Banks Integration Group, a Superior Controls, Inc. company, a leading control system Superior Controls 400 Oyster Pointintegrator of custom industrial automation and IT solutions, today announced the opening of a new office in South San Francisco.  With offices in Seabrook, NH, Albany, NY and Vacaville, CA, Superior Controls and Banks Integration Group offer coast to coast support of mission-critical systems integration and automation services primarily to the rapidly growing biotechnology industry.

To head up the new office, the company hired highly-experienced Electrical Engineer John D. C. Simpson.  In his new role as Director of South Bay Operations, Simpson will use his extensive knowledge of cell culture, FDA regulations and biochemical engineering to assist San Francisco Bay Area customers in the life science and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries.

The new office is located at 400 Oyster Point Boulevard, Suite 123 in South San Francisco, near a transportation hub which includes East Bay ferry service and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations.  Further, the location is convenient to some of Banks integration Group’s largest biotechnology customers, allowing the company to continue to provide unparalleled service.  The new office currently staffs a handful of engineers, with plans to expand to a dozen or more by the end of the year.

Superior Controls View of the South SF ferry terminal from the office“I am very excited to be opening this office in the ‘Birth place of Biotechnology,’ South San Francisco,” said Simpson. “The office enables us to better serve our San Francisco Peninsula-based customers. In addition, the South Bay location is our Emerson DeltaV center for Banks/Superior Controls as well as local support for Rockwell-based projects.”

Prior to joining Banks Integration Group, Simpson worked for 23 years at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where he served in various roles including senior engineer, senior manager and associate director of biochemical automation in the San Francisco area.  In his most recent Genentech role, Simpson was responsible for the start-up and re-commissioning of a cell culture production facility and developing a strategic automation roadmap for the Vacaville, CA site. Originally from Scotland, Simpson graduated from Paisley College of Technology in Paisley, Scotland with a bachelor of science in electrical and electronic engineering.

We are thrilled to have John join our California-based biotechnology team,” said Rick Pierro, co-founder and president of Superior Controls.  “His vast experience in biotechnology, control systems integration and FDA regulations will take our services to the next level.”

In April 2017, Superior Controls announced its merger with Banks Integration, headquartered in Vacaville, CA.  The company currently employs more than 125 engineers located in the Seabrook, NH, Albany, NY and Vacaville, CA offices.  Superior Controls seeks to further expand its engineering workforce to support the existing project load in addition to the 42 validated biotech automation projects the company was recently awarded.

About Superior Controls, Inc. and Banks Integration Group
Since 1993, Superior Controls, Inc. has reliably delivered professionally executed automation and control systems integration services to leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies in 30 separate states and 15 countries. In addition to being six-time certified by the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), Superior Controls has passed over fifty management and validation audits. With the 2017 addition of Banks integration Group, a Rockwell Solution Partner on the West Coast, the company works nationally with industry leaders such as Pfizer, Biogen, GE Healthcare, Genentech, Gilead and more. Superior Controls and Banks Integration Group have four engineering offices located in Seabrook, NH, Albany, NY, Vacaville, CA and South San Francisco, CA. To learn more, visit and