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 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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