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.

The Chemistry Team

Rob Cumming

Senior Scientist and Study Director
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Rob Cumming has over 40 years of experience in analytical chemistry at the Brixham laboratory, encompassing sample preparation and analysis across multiple technologies and instrument platforms (LC-MS, GC-MS, FTIR and UV-Vis). He has considerable experience in the development of trace level analytical methods for aqueous and complex matrices, across a wide range of compound classes from the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and industrial and specialty chemical industries. He has significant experience in supporting higher tier ecotoxicology and environmental fate studies, including metabolite identification using high resolution LC-MS/MS and GC-MS. His experience also includes supporting field studies for environmental monitoring and soil and ground water investigation. He has worked in the GLP environment since its inception and is a highly experienced Study Director, with a deep understanding of the regulations required to support client studies (OECD, EPA, FDA, REACH).

Pete Johnson

Senior Scientist and Study Director
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Pete Johnson has over 30 years of analytical chemistry experience in method development, validation and analysis across multiple instrument platforms (LC-MS, GC-MS, HPLC, FTIR, UV-Vis). He has spent a significant amount of time devoted to method development in aqueous and sediment matrices down to very low levels of detection in support of projects for pharmaceutical, agrochemical and industrial and specialty chemical clients . He has significant experience supporting longer or higher tier environmental fate studies through metabolite identification using HPLC-MS/MS (thermo LTQ/Orbitrap) and GC-MS.  His experience includes acting as a Study Director supporting clients’ requests for work and understanding the regulations required for their studies (OECD, EPA, FDA, REACH).

Tom Hawkins

Study Director
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Tom Hawkins has 10 years of experience in analytical chemistry, method development and validation, physical chemistry and environmental fate studies with extensive experience working with both radio-labelled and non radio-labelled test compounds, using LC-MS, HPLC/UV/RAD, radio TLC and quantitative radiochemical techniques. Tom is an experienced Study Director having run a large number of regulatory physical chemistry (e.g. OECD 111, 123) and environmental fate studies (e.g. OECD 106, 307, 308, 309) to support the registration of agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals under REACH.

Kathryn Gerry

Study Director
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Kathryn Greenman is an analytical research chemist, with a MSci (Hons) and PhD in analytical chemistry from Imperial College London. Kathryn has over 10 years experience in method development with expertise in Quality by Design (QbD) and Design of Experiments (DoE) and method validation including extensive work with mass spectrometry techniques including ion trap, triple quadrupole and orbitrap mass analysers. Kathryn is an experienced Study Director in a GLP facility and a skilled project manager.