Europe’s Contract Research Firms Look Downstream

Chemical & Engineering News

ISSN 0009-2347: Copyright © 2015 American Chemical Society

Europe has long maintained a special association with pharmaceutical chemistry. The Continent is known for active ingredient factories ranging from family-owned garage shops to sprawling big-company complexes. Similar operations have arisen in the U.S. and Asia over the past 20 years, but the European drug chemical industry maintains a distinct culture.
The same can be said for pharmaceutical chemistry research, a sector in which experienced medicinal and organic chemists set up independent labs to work under contract to drugmakers. Owing to the rise of small pharma companies and the downsizing of large ones, the demand for contract research has bourgeoned, and those labs have grown in size.

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