|Did they really have 900 chemists, or did they just|
march the same 300 chemists through the courtyard 3 times?
A reader who's (unfortunately) in a position to know the details sends along some numbers on Pfizer's chemistry shakeout. According to his figures, Pfizer (pre-Wyeth merger) had about 900 chemists. The Wyeth deal brought in about 350, but no one expected the merged department to stay at 1250 - instead, the guess was that the new chemistry staff would be in the 1000 range, which is what I would have guessed, too.
But the chemistry head count is now apparently headed to about 850: smaller than it was before the merger.I think it is interesting that it would take someone "in the know" to give a simple headcount of chemists -- then again, I'm not entirely surprised.
If you would have asked me what a typical pharma company's chemist headcount was, I'm not sure I could tell you -- there aren't any really good numbers out there. For the most part, I understand -- Big Pharma is loathe to reveal the details of its R&D spend, and headcount would be a pretty decent proxy. Revealing an exact number of chemists would seem to be unwise, somehow. (There's also the problem of breaking those numbers down: How many analytical chemists? How many associates? How many QC chemists? How many process chemists? Who do they work for -- manufacturing or R&D?)
What is the best way to determine pharma company R&D chemist headcount? Are there proxies that can be used to determine this number?