Our Team

The key to Merlin's success is the unrivalled knowledge and experience of all its specialist staff.

A brief synopsis of the Merlin team is given below

Elaine H. Stone

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Sarah Harvey

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Vicki Wilkes

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Darren Wilkes

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Elaine is Technical Director for Merlin Powder Characterisation. She graduated from Bradford University with a degree in Pharmacy before joining Fisons Pharmaceuticals as a Formulation Scientist. Whilst working at Astra on early phase clinical development projects, she undertook an MPhil with Liverpool John Moores University in the field of powder compaction entitled 'The effect of tooling shape on the mechanical properties of tablets'.

She worked in Material Science for AstraZeneca R&D Charnwood and  has experience of delivering high quality pharmaceutical formulations from pre-clinical through the different development phases and successful scale up to commercial manufacture.

Sarah is the contact for all accounts queries.
Vicki graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering (with German), she then worked as an engineer in a test laboratory (Bodycote Materials Testing) before moving into technical sales for ESH Testing Ltd.
Vicki founded Merlin Powder Characterisation Ltd as a sister company to Phoenix Calibration & Services Ltd (Now Phoenix Materials Testing Ltd) with Darren Wilkes. 
Darren has worked with compaction simulators since the first ESH compaction simulator was built and installed at Liverpool John Moores University in 1989.
He has worked with major pharmaceutical companies using compaction simulators, including the design, development and manufacture of custom built accessories to enhance the range of compaction properties that can be measured and to simulate commercial conditions to suit customer requirements.

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