As reported by the BBC, in February Pfizer announced that they would be closing their Sandwich site which employs 2, 400 people. Now, the site, which has been renamed the ‘Discovery Park’ has been put on the market.
The pharmaceutical company chose the name to reflect their hopes that the site, which had buildings housing laboratories and production facilities, will continue to be used in research. John Westwood from Pfizer stated: “The name Discovery Park reflects our hope that the site will continue, in part at least, to be a centre for research and development. We anticipate that this campaign will help attract users to the site, and secure its future.”
Pfizer is in talks with contract research organsiations in a bid to save some 800 of the jobs. The pharma company is also arranging careers fairs and outplacement events (which CK Clinical attended) to help it’s employees at this difficult time.