Oval Medical Technologies receives £2m investment

As reported by Business Week, the Cambridge-based Oval Medical Technologies have secured a £2 million investment.

Oval Medical Technologies are experts in the design and development of drug delivery devices on vials, prefilled syringes and autoinjectors.

The substantial investment has come from AptarGroup, who now own a 20 per cent stake in Oval. They  are recognised as the market leader in the development and manufacture of innovative drug delivery services.

The investment will enable Apta Pharma, the division of the company which specialises in working with the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, to enter new categories, broaden it’s product portfolio and overall reach.

Oval is currently working with pharmaceutical companies to help customise devise for specific therapeutic areas. Currently, they are in the process of developing a novel auotinjector which is smaller and safer to use than any other device on the market.

Speaking of the news, Oval chairman, Peter Keen stated,

“Aptar Pharma’s recognised experience and global presence will enhance Oval’s credibility within the pharmaceutical market and we are delighted that they have become our preferred manufacturing partner.

“Oval will benefit from their experience and particularly as it moves forward and prepares for the scale up of its technology. The investment will provide Oval with financial resources to develop and commercialise its autoinjector technology more rapidly thereby ensuring that it remains a leader in the field.”

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DMPK Specialist qWBA – Italy

Jason Johal is currently recruiting for a truly exciting role as a DMPK Study Director/ Manager and an expert of qWBA to be based in Italy.

Responsibilities:

The job responsibilities of this DMPK Study Director/ Manager role will include providing expert level guidance and hands-on experience in the implementation of qWBA and disposition studies within the DMPK group. You will work independently as the study director in the design, implementation, data analysis and interpretation of PK/ADME, qWBA and disposition studies and will be expected to train other personnel in qWBA and disposition studies.

Other duties will include the optimisation of existing assays/protocols and implementing new ADME assays, conducting data analysis, presenting data at department and sponsor meeting and ensuring GLP, Regulatory requirements and SOPs are adhered to.

As this role will be at the bench it is essential that you have hands-on experience and training in conducting studies to assess the ADME of discovery compounds (in particular qWBA and excretion balance).

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this DMPK Study Director/ Manager role will hold a degree or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biomedical field and will have effective communication, both verbally and in written form, in English to Sponsors as well as members of internal teams. A demonstrable ability to deliver tight deadlines is expected. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this DMPK Study Director/ Manager role, please contact Jason Johal on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference ST23141 in all correspondence.

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Product Technologist (Pharmaceutical) – North East

Carrie-Ann Bell is looking for a Product Technologist to work within new product introduction within a global pharmaceutical company at one of their sites in the North East.

The role:

Duties of this Product Technologist role will involve the completion of activities concerned with supporting the current business (Cephs, Liquid Inhalations and Topicals) or supporting the introduction of new products, processes and equipment into production, primarily focused on development, scale up and tech transfer activities. There may be opportunities for permanent positions during or on completion of the project.

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities of this Product Technologist role will include:

  • Organisation of manufacturing, filling and packaging development trials and validation activities.
  • Operation and cleaning of pilot scale manufacturing equipment.
  •  Development of robust manufacturing, filling and cleaning processes.
  • Physical testing of laboratory samples and interpretation of generated data.
  • Preparation of documents and reports.
  • Use of problem solving techniques to resolve issues and develop suitable processes.
  •  Interaction with a variety of business functions such as QA, Regulatory and Production.
  •  Collation, recording and analysis of experimental data.

Qualification’s & experience needed:

Job requirements for this Product Technologist role include:

  • Knowledge of manufacturing, tech transfer and production processes
  • Graduate calibre preferably in a Science degree or related scientific subject
  • Extensive experience in a solid dose, liquid inhalations or topical manufacturing environment
  • Experience in a similar FMCG role will also be considered
  • Experience in a technical, manufacturing or quality function
  •  A team player with a flexible approach who is able to make informed decisions when faced with aggressive time scales
  • Ability to present information, both written and verbally, in a clear and accurate manner
  • Appreciation of Safety and Quality requirements and good working knowledge of GMP

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Product Technologist role please contact Carrie-Ann Bell on 0191 384 8905 or email cbell@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH22995 in all correspondence.

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Microbiology Analyst – Merseyside

Naynesh Mistry is looking for a Microbiology Analyst to join a global manufacturer of pharmaceutical and veterinary medicine products company based in Merseyside

Description of the role:

The successful candidate for this Microbiology Analyst role will have a clear understanding of and the ability to work within, strict cGMP guidelines in a busy pharmaceutical Quality Control Lab and will be experienced in the following:

  • Analysis of bio burden and endotoxin present in water, steam and products (powder and aqueous)
  • Identification of microorganisms using standard identification techniques eg Vitek and API
  • Environmental monitoring of ISO Class 8 and 9 Cleanrooms
  • Growth and maintenance of microbiological cultures
  • Preparation and sterilisation of microbiological media
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills

Qualification:

The ideal candidate for this Microbiology Analyst role should hold an honours degree in Microbiology (2:1 or above, or Equivalent) and have strong proven industrial experience gained in a GMP pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.  They should also have experience of Smartlab

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Microbiology Analyst role please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 2839956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23118 in all correspondence.

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Pharmaceutical jobs to be created in North East

As reported by the Morpeth Herald, the leading pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation, Piramal Healthcare, has received a £17m investment package from the Regional Growth Fund. This will create 46 pharmaceutical jobs.

Piramal specialise  in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients and current export more than 100 of these products worldwide. The company will be using the investment to help increase its competitive edge when trading internationally. This was explained by Site Lead, Jarrett Palmer,  “This is most welcome news. The funding will go a long way towards supporting our ambitious growth plans over the next five years. The grant will enable us to invest in new capabilities which will enable us to enter new markets worldwide.”

Investment was also received by Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Precision Hydraulic Cylinders (UK) Ltd.

This great news for manufacturing in the North East and enables innovative companies such as these to thrive in the global economy.

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Scientists transform skin cells into immune cells

As reported by the BBC, Scientists at Oxford University have transformed skin cells into immune cells.

This discovery, which was made in the laboratory has sparked hopes that one day cancer patients’ own skin could be used to help fight their tumours.

The research focused on dendritic cells which are key in organising the immune response as they tell the immune system where to attack by showing identifying markets or antigens.

This study has strengthened previous research by Cancer Research UK as Dr Caeutano Reis e Sousa, and immunology expert, explains, “By showing that normal body cells can be reprogrammed to become a sub-type of dendritic cells with superior activity, this research builds on previous work by Cancer Research UK scientists using blood stem cells as starting material.”

Now this exciting discovery has been made, the real challenge now is to establish whether or not these cells which were made in the lab, can be used for cancer treatments in the clinic.

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Lab 21 makes fungal diagnostics breakthrough

As reported by Business Weekly, Lab 21 Ltd, the clinical diagnostics specialist based in Cambridge, have made a breakthrough in fungal diagnostics which detect invasive Aspergillosis (IA).

Lab 21 have announced that that a test of its MycAssay Aspergillus has been successful in detecting IA in a mixed population of 159 patients which had underlying haematological or critical illness.

IA is seen in patients who are immunocompromised which results in some organs being less well protected by the immune system, as the blood supply to them is not as rich. This is usually a hidden, silent disease and early detection could result in greatly improved patient outcomes.

Berwyn Clarke, CSO at Lab21 said: “The results of this evaluation confirm that our new CE-marked assay for the diagnosis of IA represents a first-in-class addition to fungal diagnostics enabling faster, more reliable and sensitive case detection. We are in the process of conducting additional studies to firmly establish its clinical utility in high-risk settings.”

This is great news as current tests often give false-positive or false-negative results. This new data will hopefully be introduced into routine fungal disease guidelines as soon as possible.

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CE Marking Specialist (Medical Device) – Suffolk

Reena Dhana is currently looking for a CE Marking Specialist to join a chemical manufacturing company for a short term contract based in the Suffolk region.

Responsibilities:

As a CE Marking Specialist you will be involved in ensuring CE Marking for a biocide used to clean floors and equipment for a tender.

Experience:

For this CE Marking Specialist role you will require extensive experience of CE Marking in ideally the Medical Device or related industry.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this CE Marking Specialist role please contact Reena Dhana on 01438 728 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST23076 in all correspondence.

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Temporary Microbiologist – West Midlands

Hannah Milward is currently recruiting for a Microbiologist to join a life sciences company at their site in the West Midlands.  

The company:

The company are looking to recruit a Microbiologist for an initial duration of 3 months, they operate internationally, to provide a comprehensive range of analytical support services drawing on the latest developments in biotechnology.  The Group specialises in delivering analytical testing services to clients from a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors.

The role:

This Microbiologist role will involve laboratory support and testing of samples. 

Skills required:

The ideal candidate for this Microbiologist role will have a background in science ideally microbiology. They will also have knowledge of ISO & UKAS as well.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Microbiologist role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference SH23088 in all correspondence.

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Analytical Chemist – (ICP, HPLC) Scotland

Barney Smith is currently looking for an Analytical Chemist to join an analytical laboratory based in Scotland.

Responsibilities:

As an Analytical Chemist you will be responsible primarily for analysis of oil, gas and chemical samples using ICP, IC and HPLC.  You will also supervise staff, collect samples from sites and calibrate and validate instrumentation. 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this Analytical Chemist role must be qualified to minimum HNC/HND level in chemistry or related subject or possess equivalent industrial experience.  In addition, you will have a proven track record using the above instrumentation ideally in a supervisory role. 

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Analytical Chemist role, please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.   Please quote reference DH23071 in all correspondence.

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Sales Consultant – Northern Scotland

Carrie-Ann Bell is recruiting for a Sales Consultant to join a contract research organisation to the pharmaceutical, food, and agrochemical industries at their site in Northern Scotland.

Responsibilities:

As a Sales Consultant you will be responsible for developing business and promoting services in a team to clients in the UK and Europe.  This will involve consultation with clients, identifying additional business opportunities and developing and maintaining long term relationships to new and existing customers.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this Sales Consultant role you must be qualified to minimum BSc in a pharmaceutical science related subject or possess equivalent commercial experience.  You must also have a proven track record in business development or sales within aCRO or pharmaceutical organisation.

How to apply:

For more information or too apply for this  Sales Consultant role please contact Carrie-Ann Bell on 0191 384 8905 or email cbell@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH22840 in all correspondence.

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Sirius Minerals to Create 1,000 Jobs in Yorkshire

Sirius Minerals has recently completed its first successful exploratory borehole at the York Potash project, and has received a grant from the UK government, reports proactiveinvestors.co.uk.

The £2.8 million grant is in response to the very strong possibility of the polyhalite grade that is being drilled for has been found in the main beds is of particularly high grade in the range presented in the York exploratory targets. The grant, which was given the day after the discoveries is intended to help the regional development of the area.

The Yorkshire based project is expected to create 1,000 direct jobs and over 4,000 indirect jobs, as well as supplying the UK with a long-term source of potash, which is used in the agricultural industry. The discovery and government aid has also seen Sirius Mineral’s share prices double in a month.

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Junior Risk & Safety Consultant (Oil & Gas, Engineer) – North West

Victoria Walker is currently recruiting for a Junior Risk & Safety Consultant to join an environmental and engineering consultancy based in the North West.

Responsibilities:

The main roles and responsibilities of this Junior Risk & Safety Consultant role will be to provide support to various project managers working on mainly Risk and Safety Projects with the possibility to work across other areas. You will be participating in projects in the following typical areas:

  • Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (Qualitative and Quantitative)
  •  HAZOP Consequence Analysis including modelling (Dispersion
  •  fires, explosion, etc)
  • Reliability Assessments
  • Human Factors Assessments
  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems
  • Preparation of documents to satisfy regulations administered by government regulators such as Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive, including COMAH (Seveso) safety reports.
  • You will also participate in the preparation of proposals and service development.

Qualifications:

In order to be considered for this Junior Risk & Safety Consultant role you will have a 1st degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Engineering, Process/ Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology or allied subject, and ideally a 2nd degree in Safety and Loss Prevention. You will have experience in the following areas:

  • Process engineering and technology, preferably in the oil, gas, energy and chemical industries.
  • Understanding of process hazards.
  • Computer modelling of fire, explosion and toxic hazards, particularly using PHAST
  • COMAH experience would be an advantage. Health, Safety and Environment management systems.

Typically the successful candidate would be expected to have some experience of practical industrial work. This could be in the process industry in a technical, design or process role, or work experience with a regulatory/consultancy in the industrial field in order to have the skills and knowledge to be successful in this role. However, depth and breadth rather than length of experience will be considered when making recruitment decisions. You will be numerate and able to manipulate spread sheets.

Skills required:

For this Junior Risk & Safety Consultant role you will need to have the following skills:

  • Well organised
  • Team worker
  • Flexible
  • Confident
  • Numerate
  • Communication
  • Effective Report Writer.

Travel:

You must hold a valid driving licence to be considered for this Junior Risk & Safety Consultant role role. Please note that this position requires the selected candidate to be able to travel abroad at short notice. Therefore applicants must be eligible to work throughout Europe and be happy to travel with little notice.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Senior Risk & Safety Consultant role please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 2839956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH22984 in all correspondence.

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Senior Risk & Safety Consultant – Engineering

Victoria Walker is currently recruiting for a Senior Risk & Safety Consultant to join an environmental and engineering consultancy based in the North West

Responsibilities:

The main roles and responsibilities of this Senior Risk & Safety Consultant role will be to provide support to various project managers working on mainly Risk and Safety Projects with the possibility to work across other areas. You will be participating in projects in the following typical areas:

  • Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (Qualitative and Quantitative)
  • HAZOP Consequence Analysis including modelling (Dispersion, fires, explosion, etc);
  • Reliability Assessments
  • Human Factors Assessments
  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems
  • Preparation of documents to satisfy regulations administered by government regulators such as Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive, including COMAH (Seveso) safety reports.
  • You will also participate in the preparation of proposals and service development. More senior candidates would also be expected to support the development of new business.

Qualifications:

In order to be considered for this Senior Risk & Safety Consultant role you will have a 1st degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Engineering, Process/ Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology or allied subject, and ideally a 2nd degree in Safety and Loss Prevention. You will have experience in the following areas:

  • Process engineering and technology, preferably in the oil, gas, energy and chemical industries.
  • Understanding of process hazards. Computer modelling of fire, explosion and toxic hazards, particularly using PHAST
  • COMAH experience would be an advantage. Health, Safety and Environment management systems.

Typically the successful candidate would be expected to have some experience of practical industrial work. This could be in the process industry in a technical, design or process role, or work experience with a regulatory/consultancy in the industrial field in order to have the skills and knowledge to be successful in this role. However, depth and breadth rather than length of experience will be considered when making recruitment decisions. You will be numerate and able to manipulate spread sheets.

Skills required:

For this Senior Risk & Safety Consultant role you will need to have the following skills:

  • Well organised
  • Team worker
  • Flexible
  • Confident
  • Numerate
  • Communication
  • Effective Report Writer.

Travel:

You must hold a valid driving licence to be considered for this role. Please note that this position requires the selected candidate to be able to travel abroad at short notice. Therefore applicants must be eligible to work throughout Europe and be happy to travel with little notice.

How to appy:

For more information or to apply for this Senior Risk & Safety Consultant role please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 2839956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH22984 in all correspondence.

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Chemist (Electron Microscopy) – Berkshire

Reena Dhana is currently looking for a Chemist – Electron Microscopy to join a world leading Chemical Manufacturer who specialise in Paints & Coatings, to join their materials characterisation section based in Berkshire.

Responsibilities:

As a Chemist (Electron Microscopy) the responsibilities will include analysing and preparing samples, interpreting various images and reporting the results to the customers.

Qualifications:

To be successful for this Chemist (Electron Microscopy) role you will have a Degree in chemistry or related discipline (or equivalent). Previous experience with electron microscopy and optical microscopy techniques is essential. Previous working knowledge of microscopy sample preparation techniques is also essential.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Chemist (Electron Microscopy) role please contact Reena Dhana on 0114 2839956 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference ST23022 in all correspondence.

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Are you registered for ChemCareers? It starts today!

The online chemistry careers fair run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, ChemCareers, kicked off today and CK Science are exhibiting!

So, if you are looking for a new position in Chemistry, we would highly recommend that you register for this free event. By registering you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the huge range of career opportunities available to chemical scientists
  • Learn how to market yourself to employers in job applications and interviews
  • Seek expert advice on career planning and making your next career move
  • Investigate further study options
  • Network with scientists around the globe

By visiting the CK Science profile at ChemCareers you will be able to find out more about us and how we can help you find your perfect job in Chemistry. Our current Chemistry jobs include:

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Nottingham, pharmaceutical company to create 62 jobs

As reported by The Manufacturer, the Nottingham-based pharmaceuticals research and manufacturing company, Molecular Profiles is to receive government funding of £1.6million. This will create 62 jobs.

Molecular Profiles, provides specialist pharma and biotech contract research in pharmaceutical formulation and small scale manufacture. The company was founded by an academic group from the University of Nottingham in 1997.

The government funding which is coming from the Regional Growth fund will be put to good use and will go towards purchasing land, building an R&D facility, and equipping their new laboratory.

Speaking of the funding, Dr Nikin Patel, chief executive officer of Molecular Profiles, stated,  “This RGF grant is a significant milestone in the growth plan for our company. We are excited by the opportunity this grant has created, which will allow us to create a new state-of-the art pharmaceutical development facility and significantly expand our team. We are eager to commence the expansion as soon as possible.”

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Artificial blood may be made on an industrial scale

As reported by the Daily Mail, artificial blood developed by UK scientists could soon be produced on an industrial scale.

The scientists, working from Edinburgh and Bristol University have successfully created millions of red blood cells from stem cells (these are taken from the bone marrow). Scientists know that cells taken from human embryos are most easy to multiply in large numbers. However, researchers have not yet managed to create realistic blood.

Once an effective technique has been developed, this artificial blood will be free from disease and could be given to anyone, regardless of their blood group. Scientists believe that this will improve blood transfusions by preventing hospital shortages. The artificial blood is also hoped to save many lives at road traffic accidents, during surgery and at war.

However, many do not agree with technique of extracting stem cells from human embryos in order to advance medical science. Therefore, as Mr Turner from the Wellcome Trust highlights,  ‘There is a lot of regulatory framework to ensure that the cells are being treated with the appropriate respect and being used for genuine scientific and medical reasons and not in a trivial fashion.’

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Almac to create 500 science jobs

As reported by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the UK Contract Research Organisation (CRO), Almac, has announced that it is planning to create 500 science jobs in the next year.

Almac is a rapidly expanding company and has seen steady growth regardless of the poor economic environment. Five years ago, the CRO employed around 500 people. Now, in 2011 they have 3000 employees.

The new science jobs will be split between Almac’s headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and it’s new US site in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

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Food Scientist (NPD) – North East England

Barney Smith is currently recruiting for a NPD Food Scientist to join a long established food manufacturer based in the borders

Responsibilities:

As a NPD Food Scientist you will be actively involved in product development from concept generation to product launch and will be interfacing closely with functions at all stages of the process.  This will include using your product development knowledge to:

  • Develop formulae and processes to regulatory standards and food safety compliance
  • Assist in troubleshooting
  • Liaise with customers and clients and co-ordinate technical teams.

You will also perform benchmarking studies, identify further business opportunities and add value to the business. 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this NPD Food Scientist role must be qualified to degree level in a food science based subject or possess equivalent industrial experience and have a proven track record working in NPD or food technology.

How to apply: 

For more information or to apply for this NPD Food Scientist role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email Bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH23030 in all correspondence.

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