Scientists Grow Human Livers in Lab

Scientists Grow Human Livers in LabAs reported by The Telegraph, scientists have created ‘working livers’ the size of a walnut, which were found to function normally in laboratory conditions.

It is hoped the process will be one day be up-scaled and moved from the lab to the hospital, taking us one step closer to solving the transplant shortage.

Speaking of the new development, Associate Professor Shay Soker of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, stated, “We are excited about the possibilities this research represents, but must stress that we’re at an early stage and many technical hurdles must be overcome before it could benefit patients.”

“Not only must we learn how to grow billions of liver cells at one time in order to engineer livers large enough for patients, but we must determine whether these organs are safe to use in patients.”

Over 600 liver transplants take place each year in the UK, but unfortunately, it is estimated that more than a fifth of patients die waiting for their procedure. The problem is alleviated due to the fact that many livers have to be discarded as they are too old or damaged to be of any use.

Sarah Matthews, of the British Liver Trust, said: “Technology such as this is much needed. Currently supply isn’t meeting demand, and for every one person who receives a liver transplant, 10 people die.

“Expanding waistbands and heavy drinking habits are having an impact on the quality of donor organs available in the UK, therefore we desperately need developments in liver science. We are encouraged by these results but would also like to warn patients that this technology is a good few years off from becoming available,” she said.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston.

 

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Site Operations Manager Job (Waste Industry) – Buckinghamshire, UK

Our client, a leading Waste Management organisation, are currently looking for a Site Operations Manager to join their industry leading facilities based in Buckinghamshire.

 

Responsibilities

Working as the Site Operations Manager, you will be responsible for managing the operation of a Waste Management & Leachate facility including people management of both the Site Technician, Landfill Operative and Engineering teams; implementing Health & Safety, SHE and industry Regulations on site including day-to-day contact for the Environment Agency and other 3rd party/regulatory bodies; monitoring and driving site improvement & maintenance through various teams as well as working closely with suppliers and customers to ensure requirements are met.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a growing Waste Management organisation on one of their leading sites which provides both road and rail waste services to a range of clients. In return they offer an attractive salary, company car and excellent benefits.

 

Requirements

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree in an Environmental or Business discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated people and operational management experience gained within the Waste, Water, Environmental or a related industry. Holding a relevant Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) Level would be highly advantageous.

 

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Analytical Chemist Job (LCMS. Environmental) – Hertfordshire, UK

Our client, a leading Environmental Testing Laboratory, are currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to join their Laboratory facilities based in Hertfordshire.

 

Key Responsibilities

Working as an Analytical Chemist within a busy customer facing laboratory, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a small team of analysts as well as maintaining a hands on role in the analysis of environmental and water samples using techniques such as LCMS and HPLC including performing trace analysis.

As a senior member of a busy, customer-facing laboratory, you will also be involved in liaising closely with customers during the sample turnaround and relaying results.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a growing Environmental Testing Laboratory, who provide testing services to a wide range of clients across the Environmental, Waste and Water industries. In return they offer an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

Requirements

To be considered for this Analytical Chemist role, you will have a HND / Degree in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience of using techniques including LCMS & HPLC gained in an Environmental, Waste, Water, Chemical or related industry.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Analytical Chemist job, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20776 in all correspondence.

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BlueGnome Ranked Fastest Growing UK Biotech Company

scientists workingFormed in 2003, BlueGnome, a specialist developer of microarray based solutions for the screening of chromosomal abnormalities in cytogenetics and IVF, has been ranked fasted growing Biotechnology company by The Deliotte Technology Fast 50.

Impressively, the Biotech company has been ranked the 25th fastest growing company in the UK across all sectors. CEO of BlueGnome, Nick Haan, stated,  ‘This award recognises BlueGnome’s ability to evolve as technologies for the investigation of genetic disease develop. We have a fantastic team at BlueGnome here in Cambridge and our office in the United States which enable us to achieve this level of sales growth, while also remaining profitable, even through times of recession and cut backs.’

Graham Snudden, VP Engineering, added ‘We pride ourselves on excellent customer service combined with the latest technology to allow our customers to improve the quality of their genetic services. Recent growth is mostly attributable to our 24sure technology which makes aneuploidy screening of single cells possible.’

The Fast 50 ranking reflects the fastest growing technology companies in the UK based on percentage growth in revenues over five years. The growth of BlueGnome highlights the biotech company’s new staff hires and increased productivity at their Cambridge headquarters.

BlueGnome  is a supplier of diagnostic products; microarrays, consumables, software, for molecular cytogenetics. They are a leader in in the provision of genetics tests and software for diagnosis of genetic disorders and improving fertility in IVF. To find out more, visit their website.

 

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Alliance Boots to Cut 200 Jobs

Alliance Boots Cut JobsAs reported by The Independent, the chemist and pharmaceuticals wholesaler, Alliance Boots, plans to cut 200 non-store jobs over the next three years.

The majority of the job losses will occur within the companies support functions such as IT. However, some 150 jobs will be cut in their manufacturing site in Nottingham.

The main aim of the job cuts is to slash operating costs by about £56m by 2013-14. Alliance Boots said the cuts – equal to 10 per cent of its non-store UK workforce – would deliver efficiencies, including a “leaner” central support outfit, supported by new systems.

 

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H&S Officer Job – Yorkshire, UK

Our client, a dyes and fine chemicals manufacturer based in Yorkshire, is currently recruiting for a H&S Officer to join their existing department.

The H&S Officer / Manager will report to the SHEQ Manager at this small, family run company. You will ideally be qualified in your field and will be experienced in dealing with H&S legislation, including the introduction of new legislation into the chemical field. Experience with REACH is essential. Familiarity of liaising with bodies such as the Environment Agency, the HSE and local water authorities would be a distinct advantage.

Good communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential for this H&S Officer as is being IT literate. To be considered for this H&S Officer / Manager position you should also have worked within the chemical industry.

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Sales Engineer Job (Chemicals) – Home Based, South of England

Our client, a manufacturer of speciality chemicals, is currently looking for a Sales Engineer to join their team. The Sales Engineer position will be home based centrally in the South of England.

 

Key Responsibilities:

The Sales Engineer will be reporting to the Sales Director based in the North West of England and so will be happy to travel when required.

The key responsibilities of this Sales Engineer will include:

  • You will be responsible for product sales and services into the water, food, chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental protection industries.
  • Responsibility for managing specific customers
  • Maintain and develop new sales and business.
  • Providing technical and commercial offers and solutions to resolve problems will be expected.

Qualifications & Experience

To be considered for this Sales Engineer position, you will ideally be educated to Masters level (or equivalent) in chemistry / chemical engineering / biochemistry. As well as possessing sales experience within the Chemical, Water or Environmental Industries you will ideally have worked previously as a chemist or engineer. Negotiation skills with a positive attitude are essential, as is personal drive. You will be well-organised and an excellent relationship builder with strong communication and networking skills. Computer literacy and a full clean driving licence are a must.

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Technical Specialist Job (Textiles) – East Midlands

Our client, a UKAS accredited quality assurance company for consumer products based in the East Midlands, is currently recruiting for a Technical Specialist to provide technical support to their Textiles team based in the East Midlands, UK.

 

Main Responsibilities:

The main role of this Technical Specialist will be to advise, guide and support clients in all chemical-based aspects of product development and compliance with standards & international legislation. You will also provide technical support and advice to staff in the chemical and analytical areas of the business, being the principal expert for chemical-related activities on site.

Your responsibilities will also include the following:

  • Providing advice on current and future legislation and standards relating to textile products;
  • Acting as the principal client contact;
  • Undertaking project management;
  • Undertaking / supervising investigative projects;
  • Providing guidance on testing requirements;
  • Recommending on product quality and safety test regimes;
  • Conducting training for clients and staff.
  • You will also be required to present to clients where necessary and will be expected to maintain an awareness of the market demand, as well as conducting internal audits.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

To be considered for this Technical Specialist position you must be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in Chemistry and you will have previously worked in a textile-related capacity, with sound knowledge of legislation and standard compliance, clearly demonstrating the skills mentioned above. You will also be familiar with information retrieval and web-based searches, and will be confident in your presentational and interpersonal skills. Your ability to clearly communicate scientific or technical information will be proven.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Technical Specialist position, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20743 in all correspondence.

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Development Scientist Job (Temporary Contract) – North West, UK

Our client, a manufacturer of colours and additives for the polymers and plastics industry, is currently looking to recruit a Development Scientist to work at their site based in the North West of England.


Responsibilities:

This Development Scientist role will involve the development of additives and colours in the manufacture of polymers such as PET and PVC. The position is a temporary role until the end of the year, but you will be invited to apply for a similar permanent position that is due to arise in the new year.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

The ideal candidate for this Development Scientist position will have experience in polymer development from an industrial background, rather than an academic background. You will be immediately available for work and reside in the North West/Merseyside region, as this role could last only 2-3 months. As the role will involve mostly chemical applications it is essential the candidate

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Development Scientist role, please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email roakley@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH20728 in all correspondence.

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AZ Receive Support for Flu Vaccine in EU

scientists workingAs reported by the Pharma Times, the Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has revealed support for AstraZeneca’s nasal spray flu treatment in the EU.

The flu vaccine, which was originally developed by AZ’s MedImmune unit, is already sold in the USA under the name FluMist.

Positive feedback from the CHMP came as a result of 73 global clinical studies and the US post-marketing studies which included objectives such as clinical safety and tolerability, clinical efficacy and effectiveness, and immunogenicity.

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UK Science Escapes Funding Cuts

As reported by Nature, science funding in the UK has been spared deep cuts in the Government’s spending review.

Scientists across the country can now breathe a sigh of relief as £4.6 billion of the core science budget has been granted protection for the four-year budget period.

However, it isn’t all good news as more than £2 billion in research funding will be unprotected. That includes roughly £450 million in capital expenditures at the research councils — money that typically goes towards facilities, and subscriptions to organizations such as the European Space Agency.

However, despite this, even the most sceptical science advocates are pleased by the announcement. Imran Khan, Director of the advocacy group Campaign for Science & Engineering in the UK, stated, “I’m trying to be a grumpy pants’ but he admits this is a ‘a very positive step”. 

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Qualified Person Job (QP) – South East, UK

CK Science is currently searching for a Qualified Person (QP) to join our client, a company which provides Clinical Trial services including import, secondary packaging, batch release and distribution of Advance Therapy Medicinal Products and other specialised IMPs.

This QP role is a 12 month fixed term contract that is a full time position but there maybe the possibility to work part time for the right candidate.

 

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this QP position will include:

  • To provide QP certification/release as required by technical agreements with clients.
  • To conduct internal and external audits.
  • To act as the primary contact point for Quality for major clients.
  • To maintain an up-to-date awareness of current legislation and contribute to QP politics.
  • To provide technical advice and support in the preparation of Technical Agreements to the Contracts and Proposals group.
  • To provide GMP training.

 

Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate for this QP role will have the following skills and experience:

  • Pharmaceutical development experience
  • Experience in the management of Clinical Supplies
  • Knowledge of the regulatory processes for clinical trials.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this QP position, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20740 in all correspondence.

 

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Analytical Development Team Leader Job – Wiltshire

CK Science are currently looking for an Analytical Development Team Leader to join a global Pharmaceutical company based in Wiltshire. As the Analytical Development Team Leader, you will assume responsibility for the analytical activities of assigned projects within their Pharmaceutical development service.

This is a Maternity Cover contract initially and is a great opportunity to join a successful global Pharmaceutical company.

Roles & Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for managing activities of the assigned group and will contribute to the setting of standards and objectives to complete projects to the required quality and agreed deadlines.

Further responsibilities of this Analytical Development Team Leader position will include, ensuring that appropriate levels of GMP compliance are maintained in the development laboratories and appropriate systems for monitoring the progress of job activities and assignments are in place.

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate for this Analytical Development Team Leader job will have expertise in a wide range of analytical techniques including method development and method validation and you will be expected to become responsible for the training and development of your team.

You will hold a degree in Chemistry or a related discipline (or equivalent) and will have industry experience gained in a similar position.

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For more information, or to apply for this Analytical Development Team Leader position, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20717 in all correspondence.

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Senior Application Engineer Job (Polymer, Coating) – Hertfordshire, UK

Our client, a leading Polymer Manufacturer, are currently looking for a Senior Application Engineer to join their Industrial Coatings division based at their state-of-the-art facilities in Hertfordshire, UK.

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

Working as a Senior Application Engineer, your role will be split between technical and commercial duties including:

Commercial

  • Management of technical sales staff.
  • Developing commercial strategies in conjunction with the sales team.
  • Providing technical support and expertise to clients in order to identify their requirements and consultant on optimum solutions.
  • Provide technical understanding of products and services during the quotation and order process.
  • Identify and implement gaps in the market/product range that will deliver sustainable profit growth.

Technical

  • Identify and evaluate all new technologies in order to improve existing areas and develop new products/services.
  • Work closely with production to remove waste from design.
  • Implementing continuous improvement on site in order to improve processes on site (Lean, 8D, PLC).
  • Ensuring quality management system is maintained on site (ISO).

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Polymer Manufacturer who provides industrial coating solutions to a wide array of clients, in a role that is an integral link between the technical division and clients.

Qualifications & Experience

To be considered for this Senior Application Engineer role, you will have a City & Guilds / NVQ / HND / Degree in a relevant Engineering discipline (or equivalent) and proven practical experience gained in a Development, Applications or Sales function within the Polymer Coatings, Paints or a related industry.

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For more information, or to apply for this Senior Application Engineer position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20734 in all correspondence.

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Pfizer Opens Biotechnology Packaging Facility

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]A new multi-million pound state-of-the-art biotechnology facility for the global biopharma company Pfizer was opened by the Science Minister, David Willets today.

The new facility is based at the pharmaceutical company’s Havant site and has cost £26.3 million. This is a significant investment by Pfizer and is evidence to the UK’s strengths in life sciences and the pool of highly skilled pharmaceutical workers we have to offer. In fact, in 2009/2010, the UK alone attracted 173 life sciences investment projects, generating nearly 8,500 jobs.

Science Minister, David Willets stated, “Pfizer’s commitment to the UK is a big win for our life science and manufacturing base. I’m hugely encouraged that even in these tough economic times the world’s largest research-based biopharmaceutical company has chosen the UK to make this significant investment.

“The Government is determined to ensure that the UK has one of the leading business environments in the world for the life sciences and remains a global force in this field.”

 

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Packaging Technologist Job – North East England

Our client, a blue chip pharmaceutical company located in North East England are looking for a Packaging Technologist to join their ever expanding team on a long term temporary basis.

As Packaging Technologist you will assist in the introduction of new packs, support change control and deal with any issues that may arise.

 

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of this Packaging Technologist role will include providing technical support for root cause analysis of packaging operations, ensure PQ validation of equipment, work to technical standards and SOP’s to ensure compliance and provide input into packaging component drawings and specifications.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

The ideal candidate for this Packaging Technologist role will have knowledge of the performance of packaging component materials and processes, e.g. foils, plastics, glass, board, varnish, glues, inks etc and have a degree in a chemistry related subject although not necessary, applicants with relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry will be considered.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Packaging Technologist position, please contact Graeme Pallas at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20706 in all correspondence.

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Maintenance Engineer Job (Instrumentation , Semiconductor) – North East, UK

Our client provides consultancy services to the semiconductor industry. They require a Maintenance Engineer to join their team based in the North East of England.

 

Responsibilities:

As Maintenance Engineer, you will be responsible for a team of technicians providing installation, maintenance, repair and calibration services to the laboratory, cleanroom and on vendor sites. This will involve planning and scheduling work, staff training, client liaison and handling complaints and queries and heading continuous improvement initiatives.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

To be considered for this Maintenance Engineer position, you must be qualified to minimum HNC in an engineering discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record in managing teams within R&D, pilot plant preferably within semiconductors or electronics. You must also hold a full UK driving license.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Maintenance Engineer position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20707 in all correspondence.

 

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Process Engineer Job (Development, Semiconductors) – North East, UK

Our client is a manufacturer of specialty electronics and semiconductors. They require a Process Engineer to head a team of technicians in a variety of projects based around semiconductor manufacture.

 

Key Responsibilities:

This Process Engineer position will involve heading process and manufacturing development on plant and within cleanrooms and laboratories to customer directives and specifications. You will also head continuous improvement initiatives and act as a consultant during transfer of processes to vendor sites.

 

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate for this Process Engineer position must be qualified to degree level in a science or engineering discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and possess a proven track record in process development ideally within electronics or the semiconductor industry.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Process Engineer role, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20708 in all correspondence.

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Maintenance Technician Job (Instrumentation) – North East, UK

Our client provides consultancy services and support for the printable electronics sector. They require a Maintenance Technician to join their team based in the North East, UK.

As a Maintenance Technician will be responsible for calibrating, maintaining, repair and installation of all capital equipment within the laboratory and clean room and also at vendor sites.

The ideal candidate for this Maintenance Technician role will be qualified to minimum BTEC Level 3 or equivalent in an engineering discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record in maintenance of equipment within pilot plant or an R&D environment within the semiconductors. You must also have excellent communication skills as you will be dealing with customers face to face and hold a full UK driving licence.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Maintenance Technician position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH20705 in all correspondence.

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