Welcome to Discovery Analytical Consulting

Based in Cambridge, UK we offer a unique set of consulting services for Chemical Analysis and Purification. These can be provided via ad hoc consultancy or regular in-house support.



Analytical Chemistry plays a key role in the hunt for new molecules in a range of industries identifying, purifying, characterising and quantifying the components of mixtures from synthetic and natural sources:

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Agrochemicals

  • Cosmeceuticals

  • Nutraceuticals

  • Materials


We have applied our expertise in Separation Science to many aspects of Drug Discovery including supporting key functions such as Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Product screening, physico-chemical measurement, ADME screening, Bioanalysis and Compound Management.

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Many of the same techniques can be applied to the discovery of valuable new molecules in other sectors.


With over 30 years of experience working for Pharma, Biotech and CROs globally, we have a deep insight into their different practices, technologies and cultures that we can leverage to enhance your analysis and purification organisation.

We have extensive experience in building high performing Analytical Teams from scratch, including development of the necessary infrastructure and workflows and on-going training and management of these teams for the successful execution of projects.


About Mark

Mark has worked for a variety of Leading Global Pharmaceutical Research Companies including AstraZeneca (UK), Galapagos NV (Belgium) and Takeda (UK).  

In addition, in 2000 he co-founded CombiPure, a CRO focussed on Combinatorial Chemistry services.

Mark also has significant people management and leadership experience at senior levels which ensures rapid understanding and alignment with your corporate goals and priorities for the lab functions supported. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a committee member for the UK Chromatographic Society.


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Referrals and Testimonials

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“I have been interacting with Mark for over 9 years. It has always been a client / vendor relationship during his time with Takeda.

What strikes you very quickly with Mark is that you are dealing with a very talented scientist.
His knowledge and abilities in the fields of analytical science, chromatography and mass spec are very much in the upper echelons of the client base I have interacted with in the last 9 years.

Every aspect of supporting drug discovery is covered in Mark’s abilities. He provides a very comprehensive solution.  
Another element of Mark’s professional approach is his willingness to embrace new or cutting edge technology. On numerous occasions we have discussed his plans to utilise new technology to make his areas of his responsibility deliver more efficiently. He is not set in his ways and strives to improve performance and productivity. His openness to work differently is very clear.

It is therefore a very simple task to recommend Mark. I am in no doubt that he would add significant value to any drug discovery type organization.”

 - Peter Ridgway, Director at Reach Separations, Nottingham, UK