Source: Thar Instruments, Inc.
Every large pharmaceutical organization will include groups that support the activities of
medicinal or synthetic chemists. Among these support groups will typically be a
chromatography laboratory. The chromatography laboratory will be staffed by specialists
who work closely with medicinal chemists to attempt to reduce the time needed to bring a
new entity from the test tube to something called drug candidate status. Note that
medicinal chemists are perfectly well able to purify their own mixtures and that some
organizations still allow (or even insist) that they do so.