Former Pfizer Scientists Try Entrepreneurship After Layoffs | July 23, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 30 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 90 Issue 30 | pp. 16-18
Issue Date: July 23, 2012

Former Pfizer Scientists Try Entrepreneurship After Layoffs

Chemists who lost their jobs after the closure of Pfizer’s Sandwich site are creating their own companies
Department: Business | Collection: Entrepreneurs
Keywords: start-up, Sandwich, lay offs, restructure, R&D

Torren Peakman’s 13 years at Pfizer’s flagship European R&D campus in Sandwich, England, came to an end when he was laid off in the second half of 2011. “It was hard. There’s nothing else in the area,” says Peakman, an analytical chemist with a doctorate.

Peakman was among 2,400 full-time staff and hundreds of contractors in Sandwich who were told in February 2011 that they would lose their jobs and that the site—which . . .

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