Case Study: Printed Electronics Supply Chain: High Force Research Ltd

Established by its three founders, who had previously worked together in Teesside, in  1988, at the Mountjoy Research Centre, Durham University Science Campus; High Force Research moved to purpose built laboratories in the nearby town of Bowburn in the mid 90s.

High Force Research offers a confidential, high quality, chemical synthesis and research  and development service to the pharmaceutical, life science and fine chemical industries.
High Forces Researchʼs initial work was in the veterinary pharmaceutical sector, achieving considerable success with a process for a product still used today in Third world countries to cure disease in cattle.

Having grown steadily from just 3 staff, HFR now employs 24 people, with backgrounds in fine chemicals and commerce. With directors who are real “hands on chemists”, HFR has gained an excellent reputation and is well positioned in the supply chain, being a flexible, agile company, able to respond to market trends and opportunities as they arise.

It was this reputation that lead to an approach from the Printable Electronics Technology Centre, PETEC, who were having difficulty with novel organic semiconductor materials. HFR were able to address the problems that had been experienced, achieving scale up of quantity and near 100% purity in a product called TIPS- pentacene.

This has lead to further collaborations over the last 3 years with PETEC, in particular using their chemical expertise to work on proprietary molecules, making them commercial relevant and viable. During this time HFR has become part of the Northern Way initiative, which has further enabled them to liaise closely with PETEC, resulting in the production of world-class materials.

As the market for printed electronics develops and the need for commercial quantities become necessary, HFR will transfer the process to manufacturing companies, who they will “hand hold” and guide through scale up, taking royalties on the process for which they hold the IP.

• 11,000 sq ft of laboratory facilities include 24 fume cupboards.
• Two segregated laboratories, which are isolated for specialised or aggressive
• Purpose designed cGMP suite has an independent air handling system, with HEPA filters on input and output, and has been designed to enable the safe handling of cytotoxics or  other toxic compounds.

• Analysis
• Custom Synthesis
• GMP Synthesis
• Chemical Research and Development
• Process Development
• Consultancy
• Cosmetics

High Force Research clients include not only multinationals but also small and medium sized specialist discovery, computational and combinatorial chemistry, virtual and biotech

With an entrepreneurial approach to business HFR is ready to work on a “fee for service” basis or on collaborative research and joint ventures.

Contact Details:
High Force Research Limited,
Bowburn North Industrial Estate,
United Kingdom
Tel:+44(0)191 377 9098
Fax:+44(0)191 377 9099

Key Contacts:
Roy Valentine PhD MRCS CChem – Research Director
Bob Redfern BSc – Managing Director
Stuart Penny MRSC CChem – Operations Director
Mark Hopkins BA (Oxon) MBA – Business Development Manager