Mercachem was founded in 1997 by current Managing Directors Frank Leemhuis and Eelco Ebbers. They recognized the increasing need for contract-based discovery chemistry services.
Originally a spin-off company from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, by 2003 Mercachem had expanded to 50 employees. Expansion allowed the company to respond to the growing outsourcing trend.
Services include parallel chemistry (which began in 2002) and process research services (from 2005). Opening of our new facilities in 2006 allowed expansion into medicinal chemistry services (from 2008). The aquisition of our GMP production facility in Prague (CZ) is a strong support of our business and allows complex projects from discovery chemistry to production.
Currently, Mercachem employs approximately 150 people in Nijmegen (NL) and Prague (CZ).