Former Pfizer employees have established a research networking firm to be based at their previous workplace in Sandwich, Kent (pictured).
Seven ex-Pfizer staff members will be part of The Research Network, “a bit like a dating agency for scientists”, as described by its CEO, Andrew McElroy.
He explained that the company would help biotech and pharmaceutical companies connect with partners for outsourcing research productivity.
“We are a talented team of experienced drug discovery scientists who have a broad knowledge of the scientific services market place, what things cost, how long projects will take and who provides the best service.”
Pfizer put the site up for sale in June, with the Government naming the Discovery Park as an Enterprise Zone.
Kent County Council has previously warned that financial recovery in the area could take up to a decade, but MPs have since begun campaigning for investment interest in the site.
Significant interest has been shown in the site, hoping to attract around 190 businesses, which will in turn create around 2,500 new jobs, replacing the 2,400 lost when Pfizer decided to close the plant in February.
The drug giant was previously criticised for its lack of support to those who were made redundant, and only retained 350 employees at the plant until it vacates the premises by the end of 2012.
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