About Us




     AF ChemPharm: Driving Discovery | Simplifying Synthesis

Who are we?



We are AF ChemPharm, established in Sheffield, England, in 1998. We are a chemistry-based contract research organisation, and are specialists in driving discovery by simplifying synthesis.  We provide a straightforward, cost-effective and convenient route for bringing expertise in chemical synthesis into your projects.


Whatever your core focus, AF ChemPharm is on hand to help you streamline your workflow if you require chemical synthesis. Though we are principally involved in the drug discovery and pharmaceutical sectors, we are a reactive and versatile company, and have current and previous clients from a diverse range of industries.


We've worked with biomedical academic research groups, functionalised polymer manufacturers, fine chemical suppliers and emerging-technology firms, amongst many others.



What do we offer?



AF ChemPharm: Driving Discovery from Sheffield, UK     

Our clients expect high quality, reliable and cost-effective consultancy, custom synthesis and contract research, and we are proud to say that we can deliver on these expectations. We are situated in purpose-designed, state-of-the-art laboratories in central Sheffield, equipped with kilo-lab facilities, and we use a world-class analytical suite for the characterisation of your projects.


We work with multi-national companies, universities, SME's and brand new start-ups; whatever the size and direction of your company, we pledge the same commitment to excellence in science, communication and customer service .



Our team are all PhD chemists, with backgrounds in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry from both academia and industry, and we have recently appointed two external scientific advisors of the highest calibre - Prof. Joe Harrity of Sheffield University and Prof. Alan Spivey of Imperial College, London.



Our scientific excellence is further exemplified by AF ChemPharm's history of customer satisfaction, and our receipt of a number of awards and grants, including start-up funding from the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) highly competitive SMART award. Thus, we have a demonstrable track record of operating as a thought-leading organisation on the world stage.



Science is of the utmost importance to us and to our clients, but what really sets AF ChemPharm apart are our people and our customer service; we pride ourselves on being large enough to handle your multi-faceted requirements while still retaining the client-focus and personal attention of a small organisation.


Unlike other companies, you can deal with the chemists who are actually working on your project, giving you access to 'on the ground' detail of their progression, as well as higher level summaries. In short, we are big enough to cope, yet small enough to care!



Why work with us?



     AF ChemPharm: Free your resources...

When you work with us, you can rest assured in the knowledge that we will apply our unique skill sets, our considerable experience, and our pragmatic approach to problem-solving to your projects, taking as much pride in our work as you would want to yourself. This allows you, as a client, the freedom to reallocate your in-house resources knowing that the synthetic work entrusted to us is in safe and qualified hands.


Our exceptional attributes ensure that we are held in high regard by our clients, whether they are recent start-ups, respected universities or multinational FTSE-100 pharmaceutical companies. Take a look at our case studies and see for yourself!


We'll leave you with a quote from one of our clients, a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company with operational bases in over twenty countries:




            AF ChemPharm have synthesised key intermediates for our internal projects... The communication and project management has been to a very high standard... Purity levels requested and achieved have been 98%. The work requested has been carried out in a very professional manner, according to strict timelines and to a very high standard. We have found that the scientists at the company are knowledgable, very strong technically, and appear to go to great lengths in order to achieve their goals.

- A senior group leader            


© AF ChemPharm Ltd. 2011