High Force Research is an independent, County Durham based, Chemical Research Organisation founded in 1988.
They are the chemical development partner supporting some of the world’s most innovative companies across numerous sectors including life sciences, performance materials and fine chemicals. However, they have particular expertise in the early-phase development and chemical synthesis of novel API’s (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) made under cGMP (current Good Manufacture Practice) standards for phase I and II clinical trials, typically supporting both early stage university spin outs and major multinational corporations.
High Force expanded their operations to NETPark in 2019, investing over £500,000 in new laboratory and office space, with further investment in high-end production and analytical equipment to create a state-of-the-art research and development facility in the Discovery 1 building here at the North East Technology Park (NETPark).
The move allowed the chemical synthesis experts to scale-up operations in new product development in the fine chemicals, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and printed electronics industries, increasing capacity from their main site at nearby Bowburn North Industrial Estate.
When CEO, Dr Roy Valentine, contacted NETPark Manager Janet Todd about the vacant space at NETPark Discovery, Janet quickly made the necessary arrangements to enable High Force to start their fit out on site as soon as possible.
Roy said: “NETPark is a prestigious science park and it ticks a lot of boxes for us. We wanted to expand somewhere close to Bowburn and when we saw the units available at NETPark we thought it would work very well for both lab and office space.
With a business like ours, it’s not just a case of signing the lease and moving in. There is an enormous amount of work that goes into the fit out and Janet’s support and exp