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Job losses for scientists at Discovery Park

Around 20 scientists at the Discovery Park in Sandwich have lost their jobs, it has been confirmed.

Drugs giant Pfizer has withdrawn a contract from Peakdale Molecular, which is part of the Concept Life Sciences Group.

A spokesman for Concept Life Sciences said: “Due to a strategic decision by one of our clients we recently had to reduce the number of scientists allocated to that specific project by around 20.

Discovery Park, Sandwich
Discovery Park, Sandwich

“However, 60% of whom have already been transferred on to other projects and we expect additional positions to be filled during 2016.

“Concept Life Sciences is undergoing a significant period of growth and we expect to increase our total workforce count by at least 20% during 2016, thus bringing additional employment to the Sandwich community.”

The Mercury reported on potential redundances in October after it received a tip-off from an anonymous source. At the time, neither company could confirm a number.

The Concept Life Sciences Group operates on a contract-by-contract basis and is constantly revisiting the number of scientists it contracts with.

A spokesman said: “The scientists we work with are very familiar with this way of working and are aware they are contracted for a specific project.

“When projects come to an end we work hard to reposition the scientists we work with, recognising the benefit consistency provides.”

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