GSK to Create 1,000 UK Jobs

GlaxoSmithKline intends to make a £500 million investment into one of four UK sites, reports the Montrose Review.

The investment is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in one of four UK plants, with Montrose thought to be the front runner due to the recent movement of biomanufacturing of several products from India to the Montrose plant. The Montrose factory also manufactures the products needed to make products that GSK inherited following its acquisition of Steifel in 2009.

Andrew Witty, GSK chief executive, praised the 280 staff at the Montrose factory for turning around what was an ailing site, up for sale at the turn of the Millennium, into a “globally competitive” production plant.

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CK Salary Survey (takes under 5 minutes to complete)

CK Science are currently collecting results for a chemical industry salary survey, allowing us to provide useful information to our audience.

The survey will allow candidates to judge whether they are being paid fairly, and can be used by clients as a guideline for appropriate salaries for staff.

The survey takes less than five minutes and the results will be published in a report on the CK Science website, though you also have the option of the results being emailed directly to you.

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Roche Set For More Profit Increase

Fiercepharma.com has reported that Roche is set to post “massive increase” in profits, according to an unnamed source.

On Thursday 21st July, Roche is expected to post profits margin increases that follow on from the 4% increase from 2010 throughout the first half of 2011.

Roche has been having to streamline the business; like many pharmaceutical companies have, meaning costs have been cut and some jobs have been lost, but the predicted increase should mean that Roche can balance out the costs and possibly be able to fill those jobs that have been lost in the next few years.

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Quintiles to Create UK Jobs

Biopharmaceutical company Quintiles is looking to establish more UK sites, creating pharmaceutical and clinical jobs, reports pharmatimes.com.

The US company sees the UK as a good place for clinical trials and is hoping to open at least two more Prime Sites to go alongside the one at Queen Mary, University of London. Including two other current sites, Quintiles employs 2,000 people in the UK, a figure set to rise with the planned opening of the new Prime Sites.

Lindy Jones, Quintiles head of global integrated site services, says the UK is of “significant interested to us,” with fifty trials currently being run at the Queen Mary site. Jones believe that the UK “has opened up far more to clinical research” in the past eighteen months, meaning that Quintiles is considering opening “an additional two, maybe three Prime Sites in the UK.”

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Promising Scientists to Receive Grant

Cancer Research UK is making an investment into clinical research, reports cslrecruitment.com.

A £12 million grant is to be made to ten promising researchers who are expected to become prominent in the field of cancer. It is intended to assist with the researcher’s careers and possible breakthroughs they could make. Two leading university lecturers, four scientists and four junior research scientists will be the recipients of the grant.

Applicants are being taken, with the deadline at the end of July drawing closer. Dr David Scott, director of science funding at Cancer Research UK, believes the grants show his organisation “is serious about supporting new scientists at the start of their careers.”

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Bid Could Create Thousands of Jobs in Runcorn

A science park in Runcorn is bidding to win Enterprise status and create thousands of jobs, reports runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk.

If the Daresbury Science and Innovation Park is granted this status, then it could generate up to 10,000 skilled jobs and lead to £150 million investment. Holton Council leader Clr Rob Polhill has said the status would “take Daresbury to the next level.”

Around 100 companies have offices, workshops and laboratories on the site, and the massive investment would mean that even more specialist office, lab and technical spaces would be developed. The site opened in 2006 and is a world class centre for cutting edge sciences and high-tech businesses.

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Environmental Chemists on the Rise

Environmental chemists are much needed in most jobs, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, reports ibnlive.com.

All industries need environmental officers to assess the effect the business has on the environment, and find ways to reduce that impact. The job essentially involves knowing the effects of chemicals (or whatever the business deals with) on the environment. For example, how can a pharmaceutical firm safely and effectively dispose of waste products or leftover stock?

Industries are taking a much more proactive role in environmental issues, so that the role of chemists is becoming prominent. Pharmaceutical, chemical and waste disposal industries all obviously need environmental chemists, but recently even IT firms are beginning to employ people to monitor their environmental impact. A solid grounding in chemistry is of great importance, and it is often recommended that those looking into such a role go on environmental courses.

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Sheffield Waste Recycling Plant to Create Jobs

The Yorkshire Post has reported that 20 jobs will be created at a waste plastic recycling plant in Sheffield.

Kevin Parkin has successfully transformed the fortunes of several companies, and has decided to launch his own businesses. One of said businesses is R3 Products, which will treat mixed and unsorted plastics before selling it on as building products.

Mr Parkin has estimated that they “will employ 20 people within the first year of operation” before adding that the UK industry needs “to be in a position where we can compete with Chinese manufacturers.”

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Chemistry is Being Celebrated Worldwide in 2011

2011 is the International Year of Chemistry, with chemistry being celebrated worldwide.

The slogan, “Chemistry – our life, our future” is driving forward events such as interactive experiments and lectures worldwide. The events are an attempt to increase public appreciation of chemistry, its ability to meet world needs, interest young people and generate excitement about the future of chemistry.

The year coincides with the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize award, as well as the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, meaning 2011 is a chance to celebrate the contribution of women to chemistry and indicate the benefits of international cooperation within the sciences.

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Pfizer Separate Divisions to Allow Growth

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s decision to separate certain divisions could lead to a larger break up in order for further growth, including in employment, reports forbes.com.

The splitting of the animal health and baby formula businesses from the main company is the beginning of a process to unlock value within the company. Two other sectors will be kept in order to raise their value to $46 billion combined, though investors had hoped the company would split into five distinct divisions.

The two that have broken off were the obvious choices; the animal health business is worth nearly $4 billion so can stand on its own, and the nutrition side is the one that investors were most eager to see separate.

Though some investors may be disappointed that Pfizer hasn’t split all its divisions at once, it means that sectors that could not currently compete on their own have time to grow to the point where they can be world leaders in their own right, potentially creating a large number of jobs worldwide.

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TryggPharma Re-opens Teeside Pharma Plant

TryggPharma of Norway is set to re-open a former Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals site in Seal Sands, creating 25 new pharmaceutical jobs, reports peterleemail.com.

A £14 million deal has been agreed in which Lundbeck will sell their site, which they closed during the recession. TryggPharma’s vice president of engineering Peter Harper has said the company is “very impressed with the facility [as it has] easy to access from Norway, Europe and our customers around the world”.

The facility is expected to employ 25 people within 12 months and the company has said there is a “commitment to invest and expand into the future of Teeside”. The North East Process Industry Cluster chief executive Stan Higgins has said the re-opening of the site is “great news for Teeside and for the pharmaceutical sector in particular”.

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Sanofi and Dendreon Battle for UK Market

Sanofi, a leading pharmaceutical company, has launched new cancer drug Jevtana in the UK, reports inpharm.com.

EMA approval was granted after extensive phase III trials which indicated the drug extended the life of men suffering from a type of prostate cancer considerably. It also slowed the time it took the cancer to progress compared to standard chemotherapy drugs.

However, Sanofi will face competition from US firm Dendreon, as they seek to launch their drug Provenge into the European market. Ultimately, Provenge extends the patient’s life further and reduces the risk of death by nearly 25%, though it would cost £25,000 more to treat a single patient than Jevtana, so would struggle to be able to convince NICE that it is worth the extra cost.

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Anti-Aging Drug Discovered

research team has discovered a new pharmaceutical on Easter Island which could be used to reverse the effects of aging, the Telegraph reports.

A chemical discovered in the soil of the island has been used to create Rapamycin which, when tested on children suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a disease which prematurely ages children, helped clear their cells of defects.

Researchers are already looking into the possibility of providing the drug to a wider market, after similarities between normal aging and HGPS were discovered. Dimitri Krainc, an author of the study into Rapamycin, believes a small dose of the drug can “extend the health and life span of our cells and organs”.

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Pfizer Retains Pharma Jobs in Kent

Drugs giant Pfizer has announced it will retain 350 jobs in a pharmaceutical sciences operation, whilst still going forward with the planned reduction of the research and development facility in Sandwich, Kent, the Independent reports.

Pfizer hopes the retention of a presence on the site will encourage investors and support the current development of products, despite the loss of around 2,000 jobs at the site. The company will also be working in tandem with Kent County Council in order to encourage other businesses and investors to settle on the site.

Pfizer has a long relationship with Sandwich stretching over 50 years, with a variety of medical discoveries being made there, including that of Viagra.

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Our best Environmental Industry candidates…

CK Science are currently helping a number of excellent candidates looking for new positions in the Environmental Industry.

These candidates are based nationwide, please click on the links below to find out more about those based in your area:

South, UK

  • Site/Plant Chemist
  • Geoscientist/Consultant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Analyst/Laboratory Technician

Midlands, UK

  • Analyst
  • Extractions Team Leader
  • Technical/Compliance Manager
  • Commercial & Technical Co-ordinator

North, UK

  • Waste Chemist
  • Consultant Chemist
  • Analyst
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Recycling Cutbacks Could Lead to Lack of Jobs

LetsRecycle.com has reported that Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman’s June Waste Review could lead to a lack of investment and jobs in the UK waste industry due to the scrapping of specific recycling targets being set.

Attacks by shadow Environment Secretary Jamie Reed indicate that England’s target of 50% household waste recycling is too low compared to the rest of the UK, with Scotland and Wales aiming for 70% of waste being recycled by 2025, creating thousands of jobs in the waste industry. Mr Reed has asked whether Mrs Spelman will “publish an assessment of how many English jobs will not now be created… as a result of her decision”.

Mrs Spelman has said that the 50% recycling target meets EU regulations and will lead to a greater emphasis on the management of landfills. These would create waste industry jobs in areas where they are needed, according to the councils that need such schemes, rather than forcing them upon certain areas.

Mr Reed replied to these comments by stating that the government has abandoned recycling targets in England which would help to “rebalance the economy” and have therefore begun “deterring investment” in the waste industry.

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Our Analytical candidates in the South, UK

CK Science is helping a number of excellent Analytical candidates currently based in the South of England. Please see below to find out more:

Chemist

  • Reference:  00101815
  • Salary: £18,000+
  • Location: Will relocate from Essex 
  • Availability: Immediate                                          

This candidate is a recent MChem graduate with a placement year in the Polymer Materials industry. A flexible and driven graduate, he is keen to gain a role in industry which allows him to use his laboratory skills while developing further.

Throughout his placement year, he developed an array of skills including strong formulation, development & characterisation of various polymer materials (incl. adhesives); a depth of testing experience using physical (DSC, Particle Size, Viscosity), mechanical (Tensile, Friction, Stress) and chemical (HPLC, AA, GC, UV) techniques as well as running application testing of materials.

Currently looking for an opportunity to break into industry and available immediately to interview and start.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

Assay Development Scientist

  • Reference:  00101863  
  • Salary: £25,000
  • Location: Peterborough
  • Availability: Immediate                                                          

This candidate is an experienced Assay Development Scientist and is immediately available to start work. She has worked with global pharma companies and has routinely run assays as well as developing and optimising new assays for novel targets.

She is highly experienced in tissue culture, including maintenance, transfection, cloning and use of mammalian cell lines and is also experienced with the production and purification of proteins, expressed in bacterial and mammalian cells-from initial vector construction, to analysis of the final purified product.

Available for an immediate interview and happy to relocate in necessary.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

Research Scientist

  • Reference:  00107455
  • Salary: £21,000+
  • Location: Hampshire
  • Availability: One Month                                         

This candidate is skilled in a wide range of techniques including  ELISA, Immunodot Blotting, SDS PAGE, Western Blotting, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, molecular cloning techniques, BCA Protein Assay, protein purification, refolding by rapid dilution, protein concentration etc.

She is extremely bright and eager and is willing to relocate anywhere to secure a role.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

Method Development Scientist

  • Reference:  00108366
  • Salary: £28,000
  • Location: Swindon
  • Availability: Immediate          

This candidate is an experienced pharmaceutical development analyst looking for a new and interesting position, in a pharmaceutical laboratory. She has extensive analytical chemistry experience including Method development/validation using HPLC and RRLC, GC, UV spectrophotometry, dissolution method development and validation etc. and is skilled with stability and compatibility studies.

Having worked in senior positions she wants to secure a laboratory based position that will allow her to impart he knowledge to a team. She is immediately available and is looking for roles in the Oxon/Wilts area

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

Senior Microbiologist

  • Reference:  00065887
  • Salary: £28,000 – £30,000
  • Location: Berkshire
  • Availability: Immediate                                          

This candidate is currently working as a Senior Microbiologist and is looking for her next challenge. She is experienced with a wide range of microbial tests including environmental monitoring, endotoxin test, sterility tests, bioburden tests etc. She is also experienced with developing new and managing existing methods and procedures to ensure continual improvement in testing to GMP standards and the validation of new methods and microbiological laboratory equipment. Other skills include supervising and training junior members of the team, participating in in-house audits as part of the QA quality system, carrying out investigative, problem-solving studies on failed batches and ensuring the completion of all associated GMP documentation.

As a Senior Microbiologist she enjoys this type of responsibility and is looking for a similar or more senior post. She is available on one months notice and happy to relocate.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

QA Specialist

  • Reference: 00078482
  • Salary: circa £30,000
  • Location: Hertford, will relocate
  • Availability: Immediate                                     

This candidate was most recently working as a Quality Assurance GMP Associate and is actively looking for her next role. Within this role she ensured compliance to cGMP activities related to the development of pharmaceutical products for use in clinical trials. She reviewed and approved production, analytical and other information/documentation accompanying the release of API, excipient, clinical suppliers and packaging components. She reviewed and updated SOPs and analytical test methods as well as reviewing Batch Analysis Reports, Batch Manufacturing Records, Batch Packaging Records and technical documents received from contractors. She also provided support to process and analytical method validation projects, managed product stability studies and ran and participated in Lean Sigma activities such as Quality Circles, MDIs and 5S audits.

She is available immediately and will relocate for contract and permanent positions.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

Analytical Chemist

  • Reference:  00110762
  • Salary: £22,000
  • Location: Happy to relocate from Herts
  • Availability: Immediate                          

This candidate has recently finished a contract with a global pharma company and is looking for his next role in industry. He has worked in analytical roles throughout his career and as such has excellent knowledge and experience with analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC, UV, IR, TGA, DSC etc.

He is available immediately and happy to relocate anywhere.

For more information, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk.

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