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Chemical Synthesis

Posted on 01 November 2012

Welcome to the next edition in the series of interviews with scientists and science business owners based on the Park. The purpose of these profiles is for you to get to know other tenants on site, what they do, what they offer, and how it could benefit you and your business. We have leading edge science taking place throughout the Park and more interactivity could benefit you and other businesses.

The next interviewee is David Hunter, the Director of Axia Chemicals, who discussed the sort of work his company undertakes, and how he can provide for your business.

About David

David Hunter is a Research Chemist with extensive experience obtained within the fine chemicals industry. David studied at Glasgow University for a PhD in Organic Chemistry concentrating on the area of heterogeneous chiral catalysis and the isolation of chiral heterocyclic intermediates.

He gained industrial experience working for a number of high profile companies in the chemical sector including Shell Research, Warner Lambert and Key Organics.

Tell us a bit about Axia Chemicals and what you do:

The Company is a provider of custom and contract services, and is a manufacturer of specialist fragmentary organic compounds widely known as ‘building blocks.’ Axia Chemicals’ novel organic intermediates are derived from benzenoid entities, the chiral pool and heterocyclic templates.

These products are targeted at a broad section of the fine chemicals industry. Many of our products are destined for inclusion in a number of catalogues such as that distributed by Sigma-Aldrich. However, we do have the vision to expand, working outside the ‘constraints’ of organic synthesis.

Why should other businesses on the Park choose you to help their business grow?

Founded with over 60 combined years of experience in the field of organic chemistry we are well placed to take on a diverse range of projects. We use a variety of classical techniques that frequently involves the handling of highly reactive reagents and / or products of some sensitivity. Most of the molecular transformations are conducted in organic solvents or ‘aggressive’ media such as sulphuric acid. By outsourcing such work, other companies are able to export their overall risk.

We have a very high success rate manufacturing complex synthetic organic molecules for R&D use predominantly in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and biochemical sciences.


If you would like to know more about Axia Chemicals please contact David Hunter on 01795 423656 or visit him on the Park.

If you would like your business to be profiled as part of this series, please contact Wesley Horan on 01795 506316.

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