Global expertise for pharmaceutical industry puts Scitegrity on the map

Posted on 19/01/17

Two former Pfizer scientists have seen their start up business transform from a small consultancy five years ago, to a global player in the pharmaceutical industry – playing an essential role in drug discovery.

Scitegrity, based out of offices at Discovery Park in Sandwich, are specialists in controlled substance detection, control and compliance, counting Astra Zeneca, Roche, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline among its clients.

The company was formed in 2011 by synthetic chemist Ian Johns and bio-chemist Joe Bradley, in the months following the decision by Pfizer to scale back its operations in East Kent.

For the first two years, the pair operated as a consultancy but at the same time explored opportunities to build software for the increasingly complex demands of 21st century science.

In 2013 they won a competition run by the Pistoia Alliance, a global alliance of life science industry experts, to build a data analysis tool that would help enable companies to quickly check new substances against a myriad of complex regulations applied in countries and regions of the world.

Demand for the resulting product, Controlled Substances Squared (CS2), has been high, with Scitegrity building up an impressive portfolio of work for some of world’s leading pharmaceutical companies – both in the UK and around the world – including the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.

The company has started 2017 with a move into bigger offices at Discovery Park for its five-strong team, providing space for further growth at a location that continues to fly the flag for UK R&D.

Ian Johns, one of Scitegrity’s two founding directors, said: “Our driving force from the start was that we didn’t want to leave East Kent.

“This area was our home and with the creation of Discovery Park knew with the expertise left on site, that this was a potential to create something special here – to continue that legacy.

“We looked for an opportunity and set down the road of doing something that fitted with the skills that we had, in an area that we knew quite well. It’s worked out well, and look forward to what the future holds.

Lauren Moore, Leasing Executive, Discovery Park, said: “Scitegrity are a great example of what this site is about – providing a collaborative and supportive space where businesses large and small, start-up to long established are given every opportunity to grow.

“The company have been part of this site’s story for six years – and offer a benchmark for what can be achieved, building a true level of expertise that has put both themselves and Discovery Park on the map.”

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