Wood Group PSN create 150 Aberdeen jobs

The BBC has reported that the energy company Wood Group is creating 150 jobs at its Production Services Network (PSN) division in Aberdeen.

The company is setting up a dedicated project delivery arm to the business, which they hope will help it secure and deliver large-scale North Sea projects.

Earlier this year, it was awarded a £250m contract from Premier Oil to deliver services to the Balmoral support vessel, which provides services for six oil fields.  WGPSN has taken on more than 1,000 new employees in the UK this year and currently Its UK-based onshore and offshore workforce now stands at more than 8,300.

WGPSN estimates the oil and gas project market worldwide to be worth nearly £100bn a year – of which about 30% involves brownfield projects.

 

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Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca strengthens diabetes alliance

WorldPharmaNews reported that Bristol-Myers Squibb company announced today that they will acquire biopharmaceutical company Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Following BMS’s acquisition of Amylin, BMS and Astra Zeneca will enter into collaboration arrangements, based on the framework of the existing diabetes alliance, regarding the development and commercialisation of Amylin’s portfolio of products.

AstraZeneca will make a payment to Amylin, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb, in the amount of approximately $3.4 billion in cash. Profits and losses arising from the collaboration will be shared equally.

Lamberto Andreotti, chief executive officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb said “The acquisition of Amylin by Bristol-Myers Squibb is also a unique way for Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca to expand the alliance between the two companies, and it demonstrates Bristol-Myers Squibb’s innovative and targeted approach to partnerships and business development.

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MCerts level 2 Environmental Consultant – Dublin

Barney Smith at CK Science is recruiting for a MCerts level 2 qualified Environmental Consultant for an Environmental Testing and Monitoring company in Dublin on a permanent basis.

Responsibilities:

As an Environmental Consultant you will be responsible for air monitoring and stack emissions testing on a number of different sites based around the Dublin area.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate for this Environmental Consultant role must be qualified to minimum MCerts level 2 and have completed parts 1-4 within the course.

The company:

The company operate across the UK and Ireland, as a dedicated stack emissions testing contractor, providing independent advice and support to manufacturing and process sites in compliance with environmental legislation.

Barney Smith - Manager at CK ScienceHow to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this MCerts level 2 Environmental Consultant position please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24652 in all correspondence.

 

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Aesica creates 100 jobs on Sheppey

Kent Online have reported that Aesica the pharmaceutical company is creating up to 100 jobs on the Isle of Sheppey.

Aesica is creating the jobs at its Queenborough plant over the next three years as the site is prepared for major expansion. The latest development follows the opening last year of a £3m Potent Manufacturing Facility.  Aesica will be looking for candidates with a manufacturing background who are keen to pursue a career or apprenticeship in the pharmaceutical industry.

Simon Clough, managing director of Aesica Formulated Products, said: “This is an exciting time for Aesica and the local community. Not only are we growing as a business, we’re also creating up to 100 new jobs which is a fantastic boost for the region’s economy.

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P&G help London clean up for the Olympics!

SuperSavyMe has reported that P&G has teamed up with the Mayor of London to bring the P&G Capital Clean Up campaign to help clean the capital before the London 2012 Olympic Games

The campaign started in March 2012 and over the last three months, Proctor and Gamble have hosted  a series of clean up events designed to bring Londoners together to spruce up neglected areas of the city as London gears up to host the Olympic games.

The events so far have involved clearing the region of 1,000 bags of litter, removing unsightly graffiti, and restoring swathes of habitat. The public can get involved by signing up to participate in one of the organised clean up events at www.pgcapitalcleanup.com

P&G are official sponsors of the London Olympic Games.

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Research says that men who drink 7 cups of tea a day are 50% more likely to develop prostate cancer

The Telegraph reported that a research study at Glasgow University  has said that men who drink a lot of tea a day are 50 per cent more likely to develop prostate cancer

Glasgow University found that people who drink more than seven cups of tea are at a much higher risk of getting the disease than those who consume three cups or fewer.

The warning comes after scientists at the University of Glasgow tracked the health of more than 6,000 men for four decades.  The participients were aged between  21 and 75 were asked to complete a questionnaire about their usual consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol as well as their smoking habits and general health, and had to attend a screening examination.

Dr Kate Holmes, head of research at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: ‘Whilst it does appear that those who drank seven or more cups of tea each day had an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, this did not take into consideration family history or any other dietary elements other than tea, coffee and alcohol intake……It is therefore unclear as to whether there were other factors in play which may have had a greater impact on risk.

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Merck sign $303 million biotherapeutics deal

PharmaTimes has reported that Merck & Co has entered into a possible $303 million USD collaboration with Ambrx to develop ‘smart bomb’ antibodies.

Merck hope to develop biologic drug conjugates using Ambrx’s “site-specific protein medicinal chemistry technology”

Merck is paying an upfront fee of $15 million and is eligible to receive milestones totalling up to $288 million. Ambrx will also receive royalties.

Richard Murray, head of biologics and vaccines research at Merck said that this collaboration will allow us to combine Ambrx’s expertise in site-specific protein conjugation chemistry with Merck’s expanding antibody capabilities and extensive small molecule resources.

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UK manufacturing to get £6.5m through R&D projects

The Engineer has reported that UK manufacturing is to receive a £6.5m innovation boost through 16 new research and development projects to develop new production technologies

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board are to provide grant funding to support the development of new technologies that have the potential to underpin new production processes in a wide range of industrial applications and market sectors. The research will focus on novel manufacturing processes and techniques, resource efficiency and greater environmental sustainability through the efficient disposal or recycling of asset.

Companies including Airbus Operations, GKN Aerospace and Unilever will lead the projects, which will lead to technologies such as innovative car-painting methods, autonomous intelligent machining, the online control of welding processes using ultrasonic test techniques, and sustainable and resource-efficient titanium cutting.

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Welsh Water invest £1bn in renewable energy projects

The Guardian has reported that Welsh Water  has announced it will be spending £1billion on infrastructure projects in Herefordshire, Wales and Deeside over the next three years.

Welsh Water which is owned by not for profit Glas Cymru is upgrading its treatment works, rebuilding 22 of them, maintaining its networks of water mains and sewers and importantly investing more money into renewable energy projects.

The company, which has 2,000 employees, says its investment means jobs for a further 1,500 people.

The chairman of Welsh Water Bob Ayling said: “Our ambition is to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers supplying drinking water of the highest quality and safeguarding the environment that we look after on behalf of the communities we serve.

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Two Scientists Win Largest Technology Award

As reported by the BBC News, two scientists have been awarded the Millenium Technology Prize for their scientific contributions to improving the quality of human life and in encouraging sustainable development.

Two Scientists Win Largest Technology Award in the WorldAwarded once every two years, the Millenium Technology Prize is the largest technology prize in the world. This is the first time the prize has been awarded to two scientists, Dr Shinya Yamanaka and Linus Torvalds. The two winners split the 1.2m euros prize.

Dr Shinya Yamanaka

Dr Shinya Yamanaka is a stem cell scientist who discovered how to program human cells to mimic embryonic stem cells. These cells can become any cell in the body. This is called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The scientists discovery will now contribute to the development of regenerative medicine.

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds created a new open source operating system for computers.

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UK offshore wind could create 215,000 Jobs

The Bloomsberg Business week reported that the U.K. offshore wind industry could create 215,000 jobs and boost exports by up to 22.5 billion pounds by 2030.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research said in a report commissioned by Irish wind developer Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd that the Development of the industry may “see an annual 1 percent uplift” in gross domestic product.  The estimates are based on the installation of 49 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 resulting in 97,000 jobs created by 2020, assuming offshore wind generation reaches 17 gigawatts.

Mainstream Renewable’s Chief Executive Officer Eddie O’Connor said “By creating a new industry, offshore wind will create jobs, assist in balancing the trade deficit and boost GDP at a time of economic uncertainty,”

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Scientists have grown human bone from stem cells

The Telegraph has reported that scientists have succeeded in growing human bone from stem cells in a laboratory, which they claim may eventually pave the way for patients to have broken bones repaired or replaced with new ones grown outside the body.

The researchers started with stem cells taken from fat tissue. It took around a month to grow them into sections of fully-formed living human bone up to a couple of inches long.  The technology, which has been developed along with researchers at the Technion Institute of Research in Israel, uses three dimensional scans of the damaged bone to build a gel-like scaffold that matches the shape.

The first trial in patients is on course to be conducted later this year, by an Israeli biotechnology company Bonus BioGroup that has been working with academics on the technology.

Professor Avinoam Kadouri, head of the scientific advisory board for Bonus BioGroup, said: “There is a need for artificial bones for injuries and in operations…..We use three dimensional structures to fabricate the bone in the right shape and geometry. We can grow these bones outside the body and then transplant it to the patient at the right time”

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Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions to create 1300 new jobs in London

The Telegraph reported that Norwegian oil services firm Aker Solutions says it aims to build up a 1 700-strong London engineering hub thereby creating 1 300 new jobs by 2015, as growth in global oil and gas markets drives demand for the company’s technologies and services.

Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry, and is listed on the Oslo stock exchange. The company, which employs more than 3000 people in the UK, opened a new office in Chiswick Park, West London, last year.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Aker Solution’s decision to create 1300 new jobs at a new engineering hub in Chiswick is great news for the local economy and it is a vote of confidence in the skill, expertise and professionalism of our engineering sector.”

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Scientists develop eco friendly carbon catalysts

The Engineer has reported that Norwegian Scientists are developing carbon catalysts that could be used instead of precious metals to speed up chemical reactions.

The 3.2million EU-backed FREECATS (carbon nanostructures as metal free catalysts) project is aiming to develop environmentally friendly catalysts that can be used in fuel cells, water purification and the production of light olefins.  The scientists will attempt to build carbon structures on the atomic scale that are capable of binding or transforming substances in certain ways.

Catalysis is one of the major consumers of precious metals, such as platinum. However, platinum group metals are not usually found naturally in Europe therefore European countries rely on imports.  Bu using alternative catalysts Prof Magnus Rønning of Norwegian University of Science and Technology  said, ‘the European dependency on precious metals will ease and therefore the dependency on less stable countries to supply these’.

The three-year project commenced in April 2012 and the team hopes the first catalysts will be available by the end of this year. There are 9 European research institutions and technology enterprises are working on the project, which is being coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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GSK and EPSRC announce extra joint funding in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham

As reported by the GSK Media Centre GSK and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced that they will contribute to the funding for a Chair in Sustainable Chemistry to be based at the planned GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

It is hoped that this new investment in sustainable chemistry will help to further strengthen the UK as a leader in life-sciences while contributing to environmental stewardship.

The Chair will be responsible for developing and sharing best practice in green chemistry and catalysing new collaborations with other institutions and industry partners.

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: “We recognise that the success of the Sustainable Chemistry centre being established at the University of Nottingham will rely on the experts running it. That is why we are delighted to collaborate with EPSRC to jointly contribute to the funding of this new Chair. We hope this support will enable the University of Nottingham to attract a world class leader, helping to forge stronger links between industry and academia and encourage more young people into science.”

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Operations Manager – Scotland and Northern Ireland

Barney Smith at CK Science is looking to recruit an Operations Manager to join a chemical manufacturer with plants in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Responsibilities:

As an operations manager the successful candidate will manage and coordinate the activities of the two facilities in Scotland and Northern Ireland to optimise performance in manufacturing and despatch.

The role will be very much hands on and will involve:

  • Overseeing all quality standards
  • Manufacturing procedures and staffing across both sites
  • Develop a buying function
  • Project manage implementation of capital expenditure programmes including equipment and computer systems,
  • Developing business
  • Maintain existing relationships. 

Qualifications and skills:

The ideal candidate for this Operations Manager role must be qualified in a science or process engineering related degree or possess equivalent commercial experience and have a proven track record in operations management within the chemical industry.

How to apply:Barney Smith - Manager at CK Science

Apply online now:

For more information or to apply for this Operations Manager role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH24430 in all correspondence.

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£250m new funding for life sciences

As reported by the EuroBiotechNews,  approximately £250 million of new funding will go into life sciences across the country, a Government minister has announced.

Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced that £250M has been allocated for the first phase of several five year strategic investment programmes. This includes 26 strategic science programmes and 14 key national research capabilities, to be delivered by eight of the UK’s world-leading bioscience research institutes and their university partners. The process will be led by Britain’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts told MPs during Commons Business questions on Thursday that the investment was a “commitment” to Britain’s bioscience research base. Willetts also said: “This investment will sustain excellent science at some of the UK’s leading institutes and universities. This will drive growth, support highly skilled jobs and keep the UK at the very forefront of bioscience, with benefits ranging from healthcare to energy and global food security.”

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Votrient gets positive opinion from Euro CHMP

PharmPro reported that GlaxoSmithKline has announced that its Votrient (pazopanib) drug has been issued with a positive opinion by the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP).

Votrient® (pazopanib) will be used in the  treatment of adult patients with selective subtypes of advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) who have received prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease or who have progressed within 12 months after (neo) adjuvant therapy.

As part of its assessment, the CHMP reviewed safety and efficacy data from clinical studies, including one randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled, multi-centre Phase III study.

This is good news for those who have selective subtypes of advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

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Senior Chemist (Coatings, Paints) – Greater London

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Senior Chemist to join an international chemical manufacturer to be based at their site in Greater London on a full time, permanent basis.

Responsibilities: 

As a Senior Chemist, you will be joining a growing team specialising in the development of coatings & paints for use in industrial applications. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Project management of formulation & development studies surrounding new & existing coating technologies.
  • Carrying out blue sky concept generation.
  • Performing application & analytical testing using physical & chemical techniques.
  • Working closely with manufacturing teams during scale up of products.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Senior Chemist role will have the following qualifications, skills & experience:

  • A qualification in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a related discipline (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience surrounding the development of coatings, paints, emulsions or relevant chemical products (e.g. inks, polymers, fine chemicals).
  • Specific experience of UV Coatings would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

Benefits:

As a Senior Chemist, you will be joining an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer at an exciting time of growth within the company. In return they offer a salary of £26,000 – £30,000, coupled with excellent benefits.

Andrew Bolton - Senior Consultant at CK Science

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply to the role of Senior Chemist, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST24381 in all correspondence.

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Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Norwich receive a slice of £250m Bioscience Boost

As reported by Business Weekly, five bioscience centres in Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Norwich will receive a large slice of the government’s £250m investment into the bioscience industry, as announcement by David Willetts, the Universities and Science Minister.

The £250m has been allocated by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and is the first of a five year strategic investment programme.

The research establishments who will receive the bioscience cash injection include:

It is hoped that the £250m investment into our already outstanding UK biosciences industry, will help keep the United Kingdom at the forefront of the global bioscience industry.  The investment will also help ensure that the UK can meet the challenges of feeding the growing global population in a sustainable way, as well as finding alternatives to fossil fuels and supporting the ageing population. Not forgetting the support the investment will provide to highly skilled bioscience jobs.

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