Chiltern is an international contract research organisation based in Slough that works in 45 counties in the Biopharma industry. It has three specialised business units: Chiltern Biopharma, which carries out clinical trials; Chiltern Oncology, which helps its clients develop new cancer therapies; and Chiltern Source, which is a recruitment business specialising in research clinicians. Led by chairman Nicholas Thornton, 54, and chief executive Jim Esinhart, 52, two acquisitions helped annualised sales rise by 28% to £160.5m in 2014, including the purchase that year of American firm Ockham Development for £31m.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank211
CompanyChiltern International Group
ActivityPharmaceutical researcher
LocationSlough
Sales £m†160.5
Operating profit £m†22.4
Main shareholdersGalaxy Limited Partnership (representing a consolidated investment group of individuals) (90%), management (10%)
Staff1,443
Founded2006
Websitewww.chiltern.com

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