My name is Pete and I am from the UK but now living in Spain.
I am a synthetic organic chemist with over a decade of experience in large pharma, specialising in the development of processes using enzymes (bioprocesses). The "rock stars of the pharma industry" as Perry might say!
Currently, I have taken the risk of leaving an indefinite contract in the UK to take up a three year contract within a Spanish university with the intention of identifying new opportunities during this period (but not within big companies).
One of these opportunities would be to start up a company based around my core skills. I have lots of ideas, but funding them without IP or experience in start-ups is likely to be highly challenging if not unrealistic.
One option I have been looking into is partnering up with people in the area that already have a track record in start-ups. However, even in this circumstance, finding sufficient funding to start chemistry projects is still far too expensive.
Based on this, I have been giving recent thought towards a tiered approach, perhaps starting with the development and sale of cosmetics. After all, this is not too dissimilar to my skill set and my wife is great at sales and marketing. Potentially this could then lead to a platform from which I could develop my own ingredients and later my own pharmaceutical development projects.
All dreams at the moment, but joining this site is a tentative step in that direction.
I'm from the US, just outside of Chicago. I currently work in pharmaceutical microbiology, and have for the past decade, but a few years ago I started making bath and body products (even starting a very small bath and body products company) and have really enjoyed learning new things and creating original formulations. My hope is to leverage my current experience and education into a full-fledged cosmetic chemistry career.
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