Nick Thomson | AIChE

Nick Thomson

Senior Director, Chemical Research and Development

Nick graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry before completing a PhD in organic synthesis under Prof. Gerry Pattenden at the University of Nottingham.   Nick worked briefly at Zeneca Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Organization, Grangemouth (UK) and joined Pfizer in 1997 as a synthetic chemist in Process Research & Development.  Nick spent his early Pfizer career in the evolving process chemistry departments in Sandwich (UK), Sittingbourne (UK) and Holland, Michigan (USA).  From 2005 to 2010, Nick led the Sandwich Research Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) department, with accountability for delivery of API technology from lead development to proof of concept.  In 2011, Nick joined the Pfizer Chemical Research and Development department in Groton, Connecticut (USA), as a Director of API Process Chemistry Laboratories, with accountability for the Quality by Design development and submission of late stage candidates.  In 2014, Nick was promoted to Senior Director and head of the Technology API line for Pfizer Chemical Research and Development, with accountability for Technology Strategy, Lab of the Future, High Throughput Screening, Biocatalysis, Hydrogenation Labs, Computational Chemistry, Green Chemistry and Sustainability.  Nick is accountable for Pfizer’s strategy for small molecule API continuous development and manufacture and has grown flexible and modular continuous capability across lab and plant (Flexible API Supply Technologies).  Nick sits on the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Sciences Leadership Team with accountability for the division’s Equity Council.