Abbott Laboratories May Sell Vaccines Business

Pills, syringe and thermometer.As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Abbott Laboratories, the drug and medical device manufacturer, is considering selling its vaccine business.

The news comes just months after Abbot t purchased the pharmaceutical unit of Belgium company, Solvay in February for $6.2 billion.

The purchase of Solvay granted Abbott access to the emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia along with new therapeutic areas, including hormone therapies and vaccines.

Shares of Abbott fell 63 cents to $46.55 in afternoon trading.

It is expected that pharmaceutical industry giants such as GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca may enter a bidding war for the vaccines business.

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R&D Chemist – North West, UK

An R&D Chemist is required to join the flame retardants department of a specialty chemicals manufacturer based in the North West, UK.

This R&D Chemist position will encompass the following duties:

  • You will conduct self-directed R&D of new flame retardant products.
  • Performing chemical synthesis.
  • You will also analyse, characterisation and develop processes and experiments to generate suitable compounds for various polymer systems. Commercially viable synthesis procedures will be generated for selected compounds to the point of pilot production.
  • You will collaborate with business leadership, technical service and application development labs to plan and conduct flame testing on these compounds.
  • Aswell as supporting patent applications, you will monitor and report on relevant academic research, industry trends, and competitive activity through literature searches, technical conference attendance, and communication with Sales and Marketing teams.
  • Organisation and evaluation of results will be required and you will be expected to give written and oral reports to business teams and peers.

To be considered for this R&D Chemist position the following is required:

  • The ability to independently plan and conduct experiments in organic chemical synthesis and proficiency with MS Excel and MS Office software.
  • Analytical knowledge for data analysis. Familiarity with chromatographic and spectroscopic nstrumentation and analysis.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to conduct chemical literature searching. A PhD (or equivalent) is preferred but BSc/ MSc (or equivalent) may be considered with appropriate experience in industry.
  • The desired qualification will be in organic chemistry. Experience within the field is a necessity.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this R&D Chemist job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk.

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Quintiles to Invest $2m in Prana Biotechnology

The biopharmaceutical services provider, Quintiles have announced that it will be investing up to $2m in the Australia-based Prana Biotechnology.

Quintiles has been involved with Prana’s work since the company was established in 1997. However, recently Quintiles has subscribed to Prana’s newly subscribed shares in a bid to help support a planned definitive Phase II study with PBT2 (Prana’s lead compound for Alzheimer’s disease).

Speaking of the investment, a spokesperson from Prana stated the company was “delighted to have secured an organisation of the calibre and influence of Quintiles as a significant shareholder and supporter of Prada’s therapeutic goals”.

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Packaging and Graphics Technologist – East Midlands

A Packaging and Graphics Technologist is required to join a leading manufacturer of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care products on a 12-month contract basis.

The main duties of this Packaging and Graphics Technologist will include:

  • Generating artwork and coordinating projects.
  • Developing packaging to assist projects.
  • Managing the labelling system.
  • Supporting the process for calculating and coordinating the packaging waste submission.
  • Supporting advice on packaging.
  • Artwork and labelling developments as well as complying with site health and safety procedures.

The successful candidate for this Packaging and Graphics Technologist position will be educated to HNC/HND level, or equivalent, preferably in a packaging/graphics or related subject. To be considered for this Packaging and Graphics Technologist job you will also have a background in packaging and graphics processes and have managed complex, high value, multidisciplinary projects. Knowledge of process excellence training as well as experience within the Pharmaceutical or related industry would also be advantageous.

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For more information, or to apply for this Packaging and Graphics Technologist job please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 2839956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20014 in all correspondence.

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Gilead Sciences to Purchase CGI Pharmaceuticals

space4work2Gilead Sciences, the research-based biopharmaceuticals company is to purchase the privately-held healthcare firm, CGI Pharmaceuticals.

CGI Pharmaceuticals, who specialise in small molecule chemistry and kinase biology, have developed a range of small molecule kinase inhibitors. The inhibitors are believed to have the potential to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

The takeover, which is said to be completely in the third quarter of 2010, will cost Gilead Sciences a total of £79.7m.

Speaking of the acquisition, Gilead’s executive vice-president of R&D and CEO stated, “The acquisition of CGI represents a unique opportunity to expand our research efforts in an interesting and promising area of drug discovery.”

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Technical Sales Manager (Carbon Black, Rubber) – UK

A Technical Sales Manager is required to join the Commercial facilities team of a niche specialist within the Polymer Chemical industry based in Bedfordshire, UK.

This Technical Sales Manager job is initially on an ongoing long term basis (approx 6-12 months+), with a strong possibility of going permanent.

As Technical Sales Director, you will join the Senior Management Team and will report directly to the Managing Director (MD). You will be responsible for new business development, marketing and contract negotiation surrounding their range of carbon black based materials.

As the organization is in its infancy, this Technical Sales Manager role will entail mainly new business development within the Carbon Black, Oil & Gas, Rubber and other related Chemical and/or Polymer based industries.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a niche specialist organisation in a position that is integral to their growth. In return they offer a very attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this Technical Sales Manager role, you will have a demonstrated background within a Technical Sales or Business Development function within a related industry such as the Tyre, Rubber, Bulk Chemical or a related Chemical or Polymer Industry. Proven practical experience within a Carbon Black industry would be highly advantageous for this Technical Sales Manager role but it is not essential.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Technical Sales Manager job online, contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20002 in all correspondence.

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Lab 21 Expands into China

Female researcher looking into a microscope and writing notes atLab 21, the Cambridge-based laboratory testing company, has expanded into the Chinese market with its syphilis screener.

Speaking of the development, Graham Mullis, Chief Executive of Lab 21 stated, “The Chinese in-vitro diagnostic market has a value in the region of $1.5bn and is the world’s seventh largest, expanding at 15% annually.

“Ours is already the leading syphilis assay in a number of key blood screening markets and we are delighted to make it available in another key region.”

The company have indicated that this is a sign of things to come and they will be registering a number of its diagnostic and blood-banking products over the next 18 months in China.

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EHS Specialist (Chemicals) – North West, UK

An EHS Specialist is required to join a speciality chemicals company based in the North West of England.

The main duties of the EHS Specialist will be to ensure environmental, health and safety regulations are complied with and to assist the EHS Manager.

For this EHS Specialist position the responsibilities will be as follows:

  • You will conduct audits and keep procedures up to date as well as performing incident investigations and reporting H&S metrics as required.
  • Compliance: You will support the EHS Manager in compliance issues and this support is primarily related to the conduction of risk assessments, job safety analysis, environmental compliance such as emission monitoring, waste disposal and all related inspections from authorities.
  • You will develop proposals for improvement and follow-up corrective actions.
  • You will implement corporate EHS initiatives and identify opportunities for improvement as an advisor for the plant employees.
  • Responsible care management system: You will write, implement and keep the EHS procedures up to date and inform employees as appropriate. Reporting of accidents, incidents and hazards/near misses will be ensured by yourself and you will provide adequate tools to the site. You will carry out incident investigation with appropriate root cause analysis and identify corrective actions.
  • Auditing and inspection: You will be responsible for performing the necessary EHS inspections at the site related to work permits, the workplace and good house keeping practices. Regular safety tours on the plants will be conducted to ensure visibility and awareness to EHS. Internal audits will be required under ISO/RC 14001 certification as well as reporting and identifying opportunities for improvement. You will manage the internal safety observation programme and report results and support observers in their role.
  • Reporting and communication: Your will report performance indicators related to EHS for the site and prepare and submit reports coming from audits, inspections, training and monitoring activities. Ensurance of H&S communication by issuing safety information as appropriate to the employees.

The requirements for this EHS Specialist role are as follows:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject desired.
  • NEBOSH/ IOSH qualified or part qualified.
  • Previous work experience in a chemical manufacturing facility essential.
  • Prior management experience is a preference.
  • Thorough knowledge of H&S laws, regulations, standards and permitting requirements.
  • Fact-based analysis and reporting skills; strong technical, interpersonal and communication skills; Assertive and persuasive
  • Knowledge of ISO/RC 14001 principles and auditing.
  • Good basic working IT knowledge of Microsoft Office Professional.

 

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For more information, or to apply for the EHS Specialist job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19982 in all correspondence.

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Lab Technician (Oil & Gas) – North West, UK

A Lab Technician is required to work shifts in the analytical laboratory of a global organization based in the North West of England, UK.

As Lab Technician you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Analyzing samples according to set procedures.
  • Recording of results.
  • Reporting and logging of failures and subsequent investigations.
  • Performing quality control checks and assisting the Shift Supervisor when necessary.
  • Continually improving all aspects of the laboratory, including relationships and communication between departments.

The ideal candidate for this Lab Technician job will be qualified to minimum HNC/HND in a chemistry related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience working in a laboratory. It would also be useful to have some knowledge of LIMS IT systems, and preferably CCLAS. You must hold a full UK driving licence, be computer literate and be entitled to work in the UK.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Lab Technician job, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19972 in all correspondence.

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Specifications Technologist (Food) – Yorkshire, UK

A Specifications Technologist is required to join a Food Manufacturer based in Yorkshire, UK on a permanent basis.

As Specifications Technologist, you will be responsible for gathering food specification information both internally and externally and interpreting/inputting the data so that it matches the requirements for customer specifications.

Further responsibilities of this Specifications Technologist job will include:

  • Updating and maintaining all finished product specifications, supplier ingredient and packaging specification files
  • Maintaining customer own format specifications
  • Creating pack copy for technical aspects of product artwork and labels
  • Liaising with ingredient and packaging suppliers and maintaining technical information systems.

The ideal candidate for this Specifications Technologist role will be educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a food related subject with experience of BRC or ISO9000 auditing. This Specifications Technologist job also demands a candidate with a strong understanding of technical food specification writing, online specification systems and knowledge of Food Labeling Regulations and nutritional calculations.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Specifications Technologist job, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 2833956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19831 in all correspondence.

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Count Down – HR in Pharma Networking Event Begins!

With one week to go, the HR in Pharma Networking Event sponsored by CK Clinical is fast approaching.

The event, which is the first of its kind to take place in the UK, and promises to provide delegates with a useful insight into some of the current issues affecting HR professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry. We hope the event will also give HR professionals a great opportunity to network with their colleagues within the industry.

The HR in Pharma Networking event will be taking place on the morning of Friday 25th June 2010 at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 9:30am: Arrival and registration followed by a networking opportunity and of course tea and coffee!
  • 10:00am: A presentation by the REC – Quality standards and code of conduct that HR/Recruiters should expect from their recruitment partners followed by Q&A.

 

  • 10:50am: Tea and coffee break.
  • 11:00am: A presentation by Mike Taylor, an expert in using social media in recruitment. He will be speaking about how you can add value to your recruitment process using social media tools.

  • 12:00pm – Lunch and networking.
  • 1:00pm – Close.

 

So far confirmed to attend, we have HR Professionals from some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Ipsen, Napp, Daiichi Sankyo, Merck Serono, Roche and Quintles and many more.

Places are limited for this unique event, so if this is something you or your colleagues would be interested in please contact Catherine Gutsell at cgutsell@ckclinical.co.uk to reserve your place.

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Operations Chemist – Sheffield, UK

A Operations Chemist is required to join one of the UK’s most successful waste management companies based in Sheffield, UK.

As an Operations Chemist, you will be responsible for the safe receipt and identification of waste brought to site. This involves examination and analysis of packaged chemicals, in drums and boxes to ensure that they correspond to the description given by customers. Bulk liquid wastes are also received, which must also be sampled and analysed before discharging into tanks. Paperwork systems must be followed and maintained to ensure accurate tracking of the wastes.

Following full training, as Operations Chemist you will be required to drive several items of mobile plant including forklift trucks. Prior experience of driving such equipment would be an advantage.

The hours of working are 45 hours per week, consisting of five nine-hour shifts between 0700 hrs and 1800 hrs, depending on shift pattern.

The ideal candidate for this Operations Chemist job must be willing to work in the open air in all weather conditions testing packaged and bulk chemical wastes. This can often be a dirty and uncomfortable task. This Operations Chemist also job involves a certain amount of manual handling although mechanical assistance is provided for most tasks. There may also be offsite visits to customer premises or to collect wastes.

This Operations Chemist job demands a candidate who is educated to Degree standard or equivalent in Chemistry or a related subject. Previous experience in the waste industry is essential for this Operations Chemist role.

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For more information, or to apply for this Operations Chemist job, please contact Russell Oakley on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH19826 in all correspondence.

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Laboratory Team Leader – North Wales, UK

A Laboratory Team Leader is required the QC laboratory of a global organisation based in North Wales, UK.

This Laboratory Team Leader role involve supervising 4 technicians who work a 24/7 shift pattern involving testing of resin systems.

The ideal candidate for this Laboratory Team Leader role will have experience of HPLC, viscosity testing and DSC. You will have chemical background with experience in the laboratory as a supervisor.

This Laboratory Team Leader job is a 12 month contract so it is essential you are immediately available or available on a maximum of 1 weeks notice.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Laboratory Team Leader job please contact Russell Oaklet at CK Science on 0114 2839956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk.

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UK Chief Scientist Receives Knighthood

scientistAs reported by BBC News, the UK government’s chief scientist, Professor John Beddington, has received a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Formerly the head of environmental sciences and technology at Imperial College in London, Professor Beddington was appointed to the role of chief scientist in 2008.

Beddington notoriously attracted a huge amount of media attention last year when he said the world would face a “perfect storm” by 2030 – by which he was referring to the impact of climate change on food, energy and water security.

Speaking of his knighthood, Beddington stated, “I am delighted by this honour, and particularly delighted because it recognises the importance of science and engineering in the UK.”

Other recipients of honours in the Queen’s birthday list included:

  • Professor Colin Humphreys, Director of research at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Material Sciences and Metallurgy.
  • Professor Athene Donald – Deputy Head of the Cavendish Laboratory and director of the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative at the University of Cambridge becomes a Dame for services to physics.
  • Professor Julia Goodfellow – Chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, also is made a Dame.

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British Science Citations on the Up

iStock_000006963239Medium1-300x299As reported by The Times Higher Education, the average number of science citations gained by British research papers is almost as high as those by the US.

The research was conducted by Thomason Reuters and ranked countries in 20 science subjects. Conclusions were based on the amount of times each paper produced in that country was cited between 2005 and 2009. The UK saw impressive results – ranking first in six scientific disciplines and no lower than third in any other.

David Pendlebury, citation analyst at Thomson Reuters stated, UK has really improved in research performance in the past decade.”

Read more at The Times Higher Education website.

 

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Scientists Give Advice to England Footballers

Scientists Give Advice to England FootballersAs reported by the Independent, scientists have been busy researching the best way England Footballers can score a perfect penalty shoot out during the World Cup.

Researchers have found that one of the main hurdles facing footballers in a penalty shoot-out scenario is the high-stress situation. Scientists found that the tense atmosphere may result in the footballer to focus more on the goalkeeper- thus unwittingly aiming the football at them. Therefore scientists advice footballers to make a point of focusing on a spot in the goal where they want the ball to go and then kick accordingly – simple really.

Speaking of the research, Greg Wood, a Sports Psychologist at the University of Exeter stated, “During a highly stressful situation, we are more likely to be distracted by any threatening stimuli and focus on them, rather than the task in hand.

“In a stressful situation, a footballer’s attention is likely to be directed towards the goalkeeper, as opposed to the optimal scoring zones just inside the post. This disrupts the aiming of the shot and increases the likelihood of subsequently hitting the shot towards the goalkeeper, making it easier to save.”

The study investigated the eye movements of 14 footballers whilst they took penalties in both stressful and relaxing situations. The stressful sitation was emulated by offering a financial reward for the best penalty taker and by competitively ranking each of the footballers by their scores.

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HR in Pharma Networking Event Preview – Mike Taylor

We are very pleased to welcome Mike Taylor as a guest speaker at the HR in Pharma Networking Event. Mike is the founder of Web-based Recruitment, and is an expert in the use of social media.

In the second of a 2 two-part series, Catherine Gutsell interviews Mike to find out a little more about what he plans to cover in his presentation on Friday 25th June.

 

The HR in Pharma Networking Event is the first event of its kind and the aim is to provide a useful insight into some current issues affecting you and your peers as well as giving you an opportunity to network with other HR professionals.

Interested in attending? Please contact Catherine Gutsell at cgutsell@ckclinical.co.uk to reserve your place now.

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HR in Pharma Networking Event Preview – Fiona Coombe

With the HR in Pharma Networking Event fast approaching, we would like to provide delegates and prospective delegates with a taster about the topics our guest speakers will be covering on the day.

In the first of a two-part series, Catherine Gutsell interviews Fiona Coombe of the REC to find out a little more about what Fiona will be covering on the day.

To reserve your place at the HR in Pharma Networking Event taking place on Friday 25th June 2010, please contact Catherine Gutsell at cgutsell@ckclinical.co.uk.

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The Royal Society of Science: 2010 Reith Lectures

In the Royal Society of Science’s 350th annivesary year, President Martin Rees will be presenting a series of lectures which will explore the face science in the modern world. The lectures are entitled ‘Scientific Horizons’ .The first lecture was aired on BBC Radio 4 at 9.00 on 1st June 2010. In the lecture called ‘The Scientific Citizen’, Martin Rees called on scientists to play a greater role in helping people to understand science and impact it has on us. You can download the podcast here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/reith

The next three lectures will be broadcast on the following days:

– 8th June

– 15th June

– 22nd June

You can learn more about the Reith lectures at the Radio 4 website.

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Profit Boost for Nothern Foods

Northern Foods, Food Manufacturer, Food Science, Jobs, UKThe Leeds based food manufacturer, Northern Foods, has reported an increase in revenue for the the year ended April 3 from £975m to £977m.
 
The food manufacturer accounted the rise in profits to an increase in investment in brands, automation, food science and technology. This has positioned the company for continued growth.
 
Northern Foods also stated that the last financial year had witnesed te firm strengthen its capabilities by recruiting new talent. The food maufacturer has recruited five new scientists, one per business unit – in otder to support their cheif scientist and gain advantage over their competitors in the food industry.
 
A spokesperson from Northern Foods said: “Northern Foods has traded solidly in challenging market conditions. We expect these conditions to continue, but we remain well positioned for the future.

“Even during these uncertain economic times we continue to invest in brands, cost efficiency and technology to deliver long term shareholder value supported by our strong financial position.”

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