Onyx, based in Sunderland, supplies pharmaceutical and biotech companies with research services to help them develop new drugs. Most of its business comes from making chemicals for use in research and development. The company says that seven of the world’s 10 largest pharmaceutical companies are customers, and partners include several leading British universities where Onyx sponsors PhD students. Sales have grown 180% a year from an annualised £287,000 in 2001 to £2.2m in 2003.

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Company details
Year2004
Rank19
CompanyOnyx Scientific
ActivityPharmaceutical researcher
LocationSunderland
Average 3 year sales growth179.52%
Latest sales £000s2,239
Staff35
Founded2000
Websitewww.onyx-scientific.com

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