Craig Mackinlay MP has visited Pfizer’s Research and Development Site at Discovery Park in Sandwich to discuss how the company can work with their local Member of Parliament to foster the future of life sciences in South Thanet and Kent.
Craig was also briefed by Brian Henry, Vice President in Pfizer’s Medicinal Sciences Group, and Associate Research Fellow, Hugh Verrier, on Pfizer’s current work and new innovations taking place at the site. He toured the company’s Continuous Mixing Technology facility which opened last year and represents the development of advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing at Sandwich.
The company’s team of 700 scientists, technicians, regulatory professionals and business experts all work towards creating potentially life-saving medicines for patients, and the site is home to Pfizer’s only automated ‘pilot plant’ that manufactures medicines for use in clinical trials worldwide and is able to perform every step in the complex process of producing a new medicine.
After the visit, Craig Mackinlay MP said:
“Pfizer has played an important role in the development of Sandwich as a growing life sciences hub and has established the South East of England as a global centre of excellence in supplying medicines to clinical trials.”
“Pfizer is a credit to our local area and, as South Thanet’s Member of Parliament, I will continue to work with the company to explore opportunities with a view to bringing new, highly-skilled jobs to South Thanet and East Kent.”
Brian Henry, Vice President, Vice President in Pfizer’s Medicinal Sciences Group, commented:
“It’s great to welcome Craig Mackinlay MP back to Pfizer at Discovery Park and to have the opportunity to showcase the latest innovations taking place at the site.”
“I hope we were able to demonstrate the world class science carried out in his constituency which is making a difference to the lives of patients all over the world.
“We look forward to working with Craig Mackinlay MP and Discovery Park to further develop Kent as a Life Science Hub.”