Volume 93 Issue 30 | pp. 30-34
Issue Date: July 27, 2015

Europe’s Contract Research Firms Look Downstream

Discovery chemistry specialists team with academics and big pharma in the European Lead Factory
Department: Business
Keywords: contract research organizations, CROs, Europe, ELF

Europe has long maintained a special association with pharmaceutical chemistry. The Continent is known for active ingredient factories ranging from family-owned garage shops to sprawling big-company complexes. Similar operations have arisen in the U.S. and Asia over the past 20 years, but the European drug chemical industry maintains a distinct culture.

The same can be said for pharmaceutical chemistry research, a sector in which experienced medicinal and organic chemists set up independent labs to work . . .

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