Scymaris use world class facilities in Torbay

Scymaris became the Anchor tenant at Brixham Laboratory, taking all of Block M within the campus in the summer of 2016.

The US owned, equity backed company provide ecotoxicology, environmental fate, plant metabolism and analytical chemistry services to the global agrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

The company recognised the laboratory as a World class facility, providing access to fresh and salt water, one of a small number in the World, and recognised the legacy skills in the existing workforce in Torbay.

The location, being equidistant to the Exeter and Plymouth Universities, is useful for academic and commercial benefit.

The company receives support from Torbay Council through the Torbay Growth Fund.

The company set out they would achieve employment numbers of 10 and has recruited 15 new roles ahead of schedule, including very high level analytical chemistry roles demonstrating the skills that exist in the Torbay and wider South Devon workforce.

They have an ambitious programme of growth, looking to grow to 80 staff in the next 3 years. They are already expanding their global reach, shipping samples to Brixham from key markets in Europe and the US.

Scymaris is part of an emerging cluster of life science and bio-medical companies who will be looking to export markets to support their growth programme.

Tim Derrington, CEO at Scymaris, said:

“Once we became aware of space availability within the Plymouth University Brixham Laboratory, which is a World class facility, it was imperative we moved quickly to secure it, especially given the legacy of skilled staff from Astra Zeneca’s time here.

“Also, the close proximity to the South West’s leading Universities, Bristol and Exeter Airports and being only 2 ¾ hours from London by train, the access to our key markets is easy from Torbay. Given the strong supply chains, we are confident of our future growth here.”


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