The highly qualified staff of this Nottingham-based company — more than three-quarters have a PhD — work with research organisations around the world to discover new drugs. The firm was founded in 2004 by Simon Hirst, 51. With biotech and pharmaceuticals customers in America, Germany, Denmark and Australia, overseas sales grew to £3.3m last year.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank50
CompanySygnature Discovery
ActivityNew drug researcher
LocationNottingham
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa57.84
International sales £000s3,329
Total sales £000s8,582
Staff92
Founded2004
Websitewww.sygnaturediscovery.com

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