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New anchor tenant Scymaris to create 80 new jobs at Brixham Lab

26th September 2016

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New anchor tenant Scymaris to create 80 new jobs at Brixham Lab

Over 80 new jobs will be created at the Brixham Laboratory over the next three years with financial backing and support from Plymouth University and Torbay Council.

The planned growth in jobs will be led by Scymaris, a new company that has relaunched the former Astra Zeneca Brixham Environmental Laboratory, situated at Freshwater Quarry in Brixham.

Scymaris becomes the anchor tenant at Brixham Laboratory providing unrivalled environmental laboratory testing services to pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical industries across the globe. The campus, which is owned by Plymouth University, is also currently home to 25 other local companies.

Professor Simon Payne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University said, “The agreement with Scymaris is an important milestone in our plans to reinvigorate Brixham Laboratory. A world class facility, we want it to become a hub of excellence and expertise that complements our existing reputation as global leader in marine and maritime research. Having an ambitious anchor tenant with such strong regional connections will help us to deliver on those goals, creating highly-skilled jobs that will underpin sustainable growth.”

Tim Derrington, CEO of Scymaris said, “Brixham Laboratory is an outstanding facility with a deep history of environmental laboratory testing. We expect strong demand from customers, across Europe, US and Asia based on our ability to uniquely provide direct access to both marine and freshwater laboratory testing services. A number of environmental laboratory tests are generally required as part of the approval process for new pharmaceutical or chemical product. Understanding any potential impact on the environment is critical. In October we will be meeting with several potential customers in Germany who are interested in the services we can offer.”

Torbay’s Elected Mayor and Lead for Finance and Regeneration, Gordon Oliver said, “Scymaris locating here recognises the world class laboratory facilities, the skilled workforces available in Torbay and the opportunity to leverage from 65 years of scientific excellence. Torbay Council and the TDA are committed to maximising job creation, and this investment will be assisted through our business growth support and the Torbay Growth Fund.”

Future growth in environmental laboratory testing is expected to be strong due to the growing importance of environmental protection and ongoing need for innovative new products in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries globally. Torbay Council is supporting Scymaris using funding from the Torbay Growth Fund to support positive growth and jobs across the Bay. The company has also been supported by TDA, Heart of the South West LEP and the Department for International Trade.

Scymaris is one of only a small number of testing laboratories across the world which have direct access to both marine and freshwater capabilities. Companies who wish to market chemicals, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals must obtain government approvals to do so which requires this type of specialised laboratory testing.

To find out more about Brixham Laboratory contact Frank Roberts, Site Manager on 01803 611814 and for investment opportunities in Torbay visit or call  Investment Development Manager, TDA, Jason Buck on 01803 208799.

Media contact: Liz Pugh, TDA on 01803 207915


Notes to Editors:

Scymaris Ltd excellence in scientific services.
Scymaris provides high quality and cost effective ecotoxicology, environmental fate, plant metabolism and analytical chemistry services to the global agrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Its aim is to help clients understand the lifecycle of chemicals in the environment and the impact on ecosystems.

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About Plymouth University –

Plymouth is a dynamic and distinctive university that strives for the highest quality in all that it does.

It is a *top 50 research institution with genuine clusters of world class research across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology – all supported by investment in leading facilities.

With more than 26,000 students benefitting from a Plymouth education, the University has a strong track record in teaching excellence and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

Plymouth is a truly global university, with a vibrant international student base and with partnerships in 30 countries. It continues to grow in stature and influence - a twice winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the  first modern university in the UK to launch its own medical and dental school and the only university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.

* Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014

More about TDA

As an award winning provider of business and property services the TDA makes a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the South West delivering innovative and practical programmes in areas including job and business creation.

Year on year we are successfully delivering high quality economic development, property and business services to a growing customer base across the South West.

For further information on Torbay’s inward investment offer to businesses looking to expand or locate into Torbay please visit

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