Concept Life Sciences announces multi-million pound UK expansion programme

Posted on 03/03/17

Discovery Park tenant Concept Life Sciences Group has set out plans to significantly invest in its UK laboratory capacity and scientific staff.

Concept Life Sciences Group is the name of business formed in 2014 to break into the international Discovery & Development and Analytical markets. It has two main locations – the Discovery Park campus in Sandwich and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Cumbria.

The group has been created from the merger of Scientific Analysis Laboratories, REC, CXR Biosciences and Agenda1 and Peakdale Molecular one of our longest resident tenants at a site that continues to put East Kent on the map as a leading centre for global research.

Michael Fort, Concept’s Executive Chairman said “The last two years has seen our company successfully integrate its acquired businesses and build a fully joined up service in chemistry, biology and analytics to our markets in biopharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, consumer and environmental services.

“During 2017 we plan to expand our laboratory operations by over 30% and our scientific staff by a similar number. By the end of the year we expect to employ 200 staff qualified to higher degree and PhD level bringing our total complement to 700 heads. This is a reflection of both the growth experienced during 2016 and on early indications for 2017.”

All group businesses – including Peakdale Molecular - now trade under the brand Concept Life Sciences.

Further acquisitions are expected over the coming months to complement its recent service additions into computational chemistry and translational biology. Additionally, new services in food technology through its Analytical Services Division are planned in 2017.

Dr Paul Doyle, recently appointed as Group Chief Scientific Officer commented:

“The expansion of our scientific facilities across the group, together with the recruitment of senior scientific staff represents a multimillion pound investment drive to give an international client base a world class integrated service.

The Group has also been buoyed by the appointment of Professor Trevor Jones CBE as an advisor to the board. A former Head of R&D at Wellcome and visiting Professor at Kings College London, Professor Jones brings a wealth of international scientific experience to the Group.

Concluding, Michael Fort added “The rationale for the creation of the Concept Life Sciences Group was the recognition of a need in the market for a first class service organisation that is science led, with a proven track record in discovery and development science, problem solving and collaboration. We have built an organisation that delivers one of the widest range of analytical services available in Europe.”

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