It’s been a remarkable 12 months for Malvern Panalytical.

I imagine I’m not the only person thinking along similar lines at the moment!  Many of us are slowly emerging from the pandemic as if we’d finally come out of a prolonged hibernation.  Of course, I say that from a very privileged position here in the UK, where our vaccination program is advancing quickly – watching expectantly and hopefully for a similar impact around the world. We’re only too aware that none of us is safe until all of us are safe.

We’re all scientists now!

But what a year it’s been, and how much has changed since the beginning of 2020. More importantly, what a huge amount of brilliant science and engineering has been done over the past 12 months! It seems we’re all armchair scientists these days – watching for dips and rises in the data and waiting for each new medical breakthrough. Another privilege I enjoy as a Malvern Panalytical employee is getting the occasional insider’s view of the incredible scientific leaps and bounds that have been made in the name of prevention, treatment and healing.

Small things that make a big difference

It’s always motivating to see how the work we do on a daily basis – the small, repetitive and (dare I say it?) occasionally quite dull routines – have the potential to make a huge impact. It’s given me an enormous sense of pride to see how we have stepped up as a company – from helping to make and distribute face shields and sanitizing gels to delivering the expertise and instrumentation to help develop and manufacture medications, and even vaccines to fight the pandemic. What I’ve noticed in amongst the frantic work and extra hours is how teamwork has been part of major success story.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

We perhaps saw it first, and most notably, in the statement of Alfred Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, who, exactly one year and one month ago, said: “We are committed to work as one team across the industry to harness our scientific expertise, technical skills and manufacturing capabilities to combat this evolving crisis. Pfizer calls on all members of the innovation ecosystem to commit to work together (…). With our combined efforts we know that there is no health challenge that we cannot overcome.”1

Since then, we’ve seen this truth borne out repeatedly in industries and organizations across the world. From the warriors of frontline health and social care, to local communities and support groups, this has been a global battle. It is only by coming together that we have made such astonishing progress, which we couldn’t have imagined this time last year.

And it’s here that I’d like to draw a parallel with another very exciting piece of news from my own organization.

Rewind one year….

In April 2020, Malvern Panalytical had just announced our partnership with another Spectris Group company, Concept Life Sciences, a pharmaceutical and agrochemical contract research organization (CRO). We worked together to create ‘Amplify Analytics’, a unique combination of instrumentation, services, knowledge and expertise that we knew could drive forward pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacture. We understood that together we delivered a unique expansion on the ‘standard’ CRO offering – that we had the technology, knowledge and capacity to answer previously unsolvable questions and challenges, and the dynamism and agility to more than keep pace with the rapidly-evolving demands of the global pharmaceutical industry.

The future is now

Fast-forward a year (and what a year!) and we are now extraordinarily proud and excited to be announcing the full integration of Malvern Panalytical and Concept Life Sciences – you can find out more about the specifics here in our press release.  We’ve seen first-hand how our combined team delivers incredible insight to our customers, easing their challenges and bottlenecks, and accelerating those important pharmaceutical and agrochemical products to the finish line.  We understand the difference our combination makes, and see every day the positive impact of our teamwork and partnership.

We’ve created the dream team, and it’s worked so well that we’ve decided to make the relationship permanent. Why not take the first small step and find out how our team can work with yours to make the impossible possible?

1, accessed 9th April, 2021.