About us

Scymaris Ltd is based at the Brixham Environmental Laboratory site located in Devon, England where specialized laboratory services have been provided to the Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries for over 65 years. We provide high quality and cost effective ecotoxicology, environmental fate, plant metabolism and analytical chemistry services to the global agrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Our goal is to help our clients understand the lifecycle of chemicals in our environment and the impact this has on the ecosystem. The company is led by an experienced management and operations team.

Tim Derrington

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Derrington has held a number of leadership roles in contract research businesses over the past 25 years. He has international, operational and business development experience developing and growing science and technology companies in the life sciences marketplace. He has previously held positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and General Management roles. He has also served as Senior Vice President Corporate Development with Quintiles Transnational Corp, Chief Operating Officer Quintiles Laboratories Worldwide and Administrative Director – Clinical Trials at Mayo Clinic. Mr. Derrington’s early career was spent working for Shell UK Ventures commercializing internally generated R&D initiatives. Mr Derrington is a graduate of Seale Hayne College, England and holds an MBA from Henley Management College, (University of Reading), Oxfordshire, England.

Simon Lock

Head of Quality and Regulatory Compliance

Simon Lock previously worked for AstraZeneca (AZ), for 19 years, ultimately joining the management team of Brixham Environmental Laboratory and leading regulatory compliance (Good Laboratory Practices) and health & safety. His experience includes working with numerous clients, UK MHRA inspectors and AstraZeneca sites in Europe & US, to ensure GLP regulatory compliance and implementation of continuous quality improvement. Since leaving AstraZeneca in 2014, Mr Lock has provided independent quality and compliance consultancy services, including implementation of new governance processes, production of GLP quality management systems, audit of quality assurance programs, improved computer validation processes and project management for a new GMP production site transfer. Mr Lock has a BSc chemistry degree from Imperial College, London.

Michelle Fox

Head of Ecotoxicology Operations

Michelle Fox is an experienced GLP study director managing regulatory studies for a number of industry sectors including, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, petrochemical and veterinary medicines. Ms Fox currently leads a team of laboratory staff in an established contract research organization and is an APM (Association for Project Management) qualified project manager. Ms Fox is a specialist in designing bespoke marine ecotoxicology studies to fulfill the requirements of clients and government regulators.