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Discovery Park welcomes Royal Society of Chemistry for networking event

Posted on 27/10/16

From left to right - Don Clark (Pfizer), Dave Russell Graham (DRG Consultancy) Kimberley Anderson (Discovery Park), Steve Trim (Venomtech) and Dave Alker (RSC Kent)

Discovery Park welcomed the Royal Society of Chemistry to the site for an evening of illuminating science.

The event held on Monday evening was held in Building 500 - the 250,000 sq ft of lab and office space that has long been considered an iconic space for drug discovery

Dave Alker, Secretary for RSC Kent, which hosted the event said: “This event was a great opportunity to network with fellow chemical scientists with a range of backgrounds and experience, hear some fascinating updates from Discovery Park and elsewhere.

He added:

“Feedback from the meeting suggests this was a valuable opportunity for chemical scientists, who wouldn’t otherwise meet up, to share views and experiences.

“We are very grateful to Discovery Park for hosting the event.”

Steve Trim delivered a brief history of his company Venomtech to date from its beginning in the backroom of a pet shop to the thriving lab at Discovery Park today. His talk discussed the challenges of starting a business in drug discovery.

Steve was followed by Dave Russell Graham, science advisor and owner of DRG Consultancy Ltd who told the audience how collaboration and partnership will drive innovation and accelerate future growth.

Finally Don Clark from Pfizer, updated the Community Lab project, which is based in East Kent College’s lab in Building 500 and offers schools - teachers and pupils- access to equipment and resources not found in the classroom.

The evening ended with a tour of this exciting educational facility which opened earlier this year.

To find out about other events organised by the RSC visit the Royal Society website.

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