Timeline

Discovery Park – 60+ years of science innovation

1954

Pfizer acquire 80-acre site at Sandwich as part of an expansion of its Kent-based activities.

1955

Pfizer establish an animal-feed plant at the Sandwich site and enter the UK non-prescription market for the first time.

1957

An agricultural division was opened at the Sandwich site.

1964

Pfizer expands its Sandwich site, acquiring land for what would become known as the 'West site'.

1971

Pfizer UK established ‘Pfizer Central Research’ with the mission to discover new pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural products for Pfizer’s worldwide operations.

1972

First medical use of tropical medicine, Mansil (oxamniquine).

1979

Pfizer UK was provided with the Queen’s Awards for Technological Achievement, in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to tropical medicine by Mansil (oxamniquine).

1980

Feldene (piroxicam), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug developed jointly by the Sandwich site and Pfizer’s R&D facility in the US, was launched.

1981

Paratect Bolus, a single dose treatment for parasitic gastroenteritis in cattle, was launched.

1984

A third phase of buildings was completed at the Sandwich site.

1988

The oral antifungal drug Diflucan (fluconazole) was launched.

1990

Heart medicine Norvasc (amlodipine) was launched.

1991

Cardura (doxazosin), a treatment for high blood pressure, was launched.

1992

Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is launched for the treatment of depression.

1995

Dectomax (doramectin), a broad-spectrum endectocide for cattle, was launched.

1996

Aviax (semduramicin), an ionophore anticoccidial, was launched.

1997

Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering medicine, was launched.

1997

Pfizer announced an investment of £109 million in a new research facility at the Sandwich site, creating 1,000 jobs.

1998

Erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra (sildenafil), was launched.

2000

Topical endectocide, Revolution (selamectin), was launched under the name Stronghold, as an animal anti-parasitic.

2001

Pfizer UK received the Queen's Award for Enterprise for the discovery and development of Viagra (sildenafil).

2002

Vfend (voriconazole), a treatment of deadly fungal infections, was approved.

2002

Darifenacin, a treatment for urinary incontinence, was launched.

2003

Relpax (eletriptan HBr), a medication developed for the treatment of migraines, was launched.

2004

Antimicrobial bovine and swine respiratory disease treatment, Draxxin (tulathromycin) was launched.

2011

Pfizer renamed the Sandwich site ‘Discovery Park’ and put it on the market for sale.

2012

A new chapter as Discovery Park becomes a multi-business science campus under new private ownership.

2015

Opening of new industry liaison laboratory by Canterbury Christ Church University linking academia and R&D on site.

2016

Start of work on new on-site CHP renewable energy plant.

2017

5th birthday for Discovery Park as multi-business campus with the science park passing 3,000 jobs target.


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