Peakdale Molecular in chemistry research collaboration with Pfizer
1 February 2010
UK research services company Peakdale Molecular Limited has
entered into an agreement with Pfizer Limited to supply custom synthetic
Peakdale Molecular, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Peakdale
Chemistry Services Ltd, will build a team of more than 50 synthetic
chemists at the Pfizer Research site in Kent, supplementing the main
Peakdale facility in Derbyshire, which employs 90 synthetic chemists.
This facility will not only provide on-site chemistry resources for
Pfizer, but also provide a resource for other developing companies in
the vicinity. The presence of a world class chemistry development
facility will add to the attraction of the Sandwich site as an
innovation hub for the region.
Dr Tony Wood, Vice President, Pfizer World-Wide Medicinal Chemistry
said: “Synthetic organic chemistry sits at the centre of drug discovery.
This collaboration will allow Pfizer to continue to develop a strong
community of experienced synthetic chemists within its facilities and
enhance the overall culture of synthetic chemistry at the Sandwich
“The positioning of Peakdale chemists close to the core of our
research operations gives a unique opportunity in this outsourced
space,” said David Roblin, Sandwich Head of Research and Site Director
of Pfizer Sandwich Laboratories. “In addition, this move begins to
enhance the utilisation of the real estate assets we have at Sandwich. I
hope this is just the first example we will see in this vein.”
“This is a great opportunity for Peakdale to contribute to Pfizer’s
success as the Pharmaceutical Industry seeks to become more efficient
and responsive to the rapidly changing environment of drug discovery”,
said Ray Fisher, PhD, Founder and CEO, Peakdale Molecular Limited.
“We are extremely pleased that Pfizer has chosen us to promote this
new initiative and see this model as one way to bring the
entrepreneurial spirit of smaller companies to synergise with the
expertise and know-how of an established world leader.”