Leicester scientists-produce plastic from eggshells

CNN reported that scientists from the University of Leicester are currently working on a project creating plastic from eggshells.

The aim of the current project is to adapt the proteins found in egg shells called glycosaminoglycans to create a starch-based plastic that could then “bulk up” existing plastics and be turned into anything from shop fitting to supermarket meal trays. One aim is for recycled shell to be used in protective packaging for eggs.

Just Egg, a UK-based mayonnaise and hard-boiled egg manufacturer, uses around 1.3 million eggs every week, creating around 10 tons of eggshell waste. According to the firm, it spends approximately £30,000 ($48,000) each year sending nearly 500 tons of shells to landfills.

Therefore if the egg shells could be recycled it would be environmentally better and could save on waste management.

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GKN are the first in UK to automate composite repair

The Engineer reported that GKN Aerospace is to be the first UK-based user of a new machine that can significantly speed up the production and repair of complex composite structures and reduce cost by 60%

GKN Aerospace with its partner SCLR Lasertechnik has installed the first prototype robotic machine using laser technology to remove damaged composite structure on aircrafts. The new robotic cell, housed at GKN Aerospace’s composites research centre in the UK, replaces the time consuming, manual grinding away of damaged structure with a precise, contact and vibration-free laser removal process.

GKN will first use the equipment to develop prototype wing boxes as part of the Next Generation Composite Wing programme led by Airbus and sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board.

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Process Engineer – Angus, Scotland

Graeme Pallas at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Process Engineer to join a multi national pharmaceutical company located in Angus, Scotland

Responsibilities:

The successful Process Engineer will be responsible for providing technical process engineering input into capital projects, including design, equipment specification and safety studies.  In addition, duties will include continuously improving process safety on site through identifying and assessing risk. 

Qualifications and Skills:

The ideal candidate for this Process Engineer role will be a qualified Process or Chemical Engineer and/or have equivalent experience of primary pharmaceutical manufacturing operations. 

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Process Engineer role please contact Graeme Pallas on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH23984 in all correspondence.

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UK scientists grow GM wheat that repels aphids

The Independent reported that the world’s first genetically modified crop that has been engineered to emit a repellent-smelling substance against insect pests is now growing in a small patch of land in the Hertfordshire countryside.

A peppermint gene has been used to engineer a wheat strain that sends out chemical messages to ward off aphid pests. The genetic modification harnesses one of the plant world’s own defence mechanisms, the ability to ward off pests with pheromone odour signals. Peppermint produces a smell, undetectable to humans, which mimics an alarm signal generated by aphids when they are attacked by predators.

Farmers currently have to use pesticides to protect their fields against aphids, which would otherwise destroy up to £120 million of wheat per year.

This crop is not a commercial crop, the idea eventually would be to produce GM wheat varieties that do not need to be sprayed with harmful pesticides. The scientists believe that preventing aphid infestations would benefit the wider environment, including the songbirds that feed on aphids.

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Process Improvement Technician – Scotland

Barney Smith at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Process Improvement Technician to join a chemical manufacturer based in Scotland.

Responsibilities:

As Process Improvement Technician the successful candidate will report to the Quality Manager. You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring all relevant manufacturing process data is gathered, collated and displayed,
  • Undertaking project work to improve quality and manufacturing yield
  • Maintaining specifications and documentation for the production unit
  • Provide technical support to the day-to-day manufacturing operation.

Qualification and skills required:

The ideal candidate for this Process Improvement Technician role must be qualified to minimum HNC/HND in a mechanical engineering related discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and ideally be a six sigma green belt or equivalent.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Process Improvement Technician role contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH23972 in all correspondence.

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Tissue Regenix ask for a new dedicated science park in Leeds

The Yorkshire Post has reported that the medical devices company Tissue Regenix has asked for a new dedicated science park in Leeds

Mr Antony Odell the managing director of Tissue Regenix said it and other science firms need a dedicated science park, where they can grow and develop as a cluster, to retain skills and wealth in Yorkshire.

The company recently raised £25m to commercialise its innovative technology.  Currently they are outgrowing its space at York Science Park. Mr Odell also said “We are looking at premises in York and Leeds. There’s not a dedicated bio park in Leeds”

Leeds City Council said it has narrowed down five possible sites to develop a healthcare science park. The sites include Leeds Valley Park, Logic Leeds, Thorpe Park, Hawks Park and Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

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Process Development Chemist – North West

Hannah Milward at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Process Development Chemist to join a chemical manufacturer who specialise in the application of novel enzymatic systems and flow technologies join their team for the duration of 3 months with the view to go permanent. This role is based in the North West

Qualifications:

To be considered for this Process Development Chemist position you will have a good degree/PhD or equivalent in science, have sound knowledge of organic chemistry and be familiar with HPLC, GC and NMR techniques.

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Process Development Chemist role please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email hmilward@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23939 in all correspondence.

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Our Latest Science Jobs in the UK – 26/03/12

Here is a list of our latest science jobs in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply!

Test Engineer – Diagnostic, Cambridgeshire

Microbiologist – Sussex

Temporary Laboratory Technician – Yorkshire

QA Technical Coordinator – Durham

Continuous Improvement Engineer – North East

Quality Systems Engineer – East Midlands

QC Analyst – Suffolk

Senior Validation Officer – Suffolk

Organic Chemist – North East

Process Improvement Technician – Scotland

QC Specialist – Maidenhead

Chemical Engineer – Process, Chemical, East Sussex

Development Chemist – Catalysts – North East

Laboratory Quality Manager – UKAS, Hertfordshire

Laboratory Analyst – Cleveland

Metering Engineer – Oil & Gas – Scotland

Analytical Chemist – Pharmaceutical, NE England

Team Manager – Pharmaceuticals – County Durham

Upstream Proposals Manager – Oil & Gas – Scotland

Scientist – North West

Senior Process Chemist – Chemical, Cambridgeshire

Microbiology Team Leader – North West

Microbiology Manager – North West

Laboratory Analyst – Herts

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Shale Gas Fracking in Lancashire could create 50,000 jobs

The Independent reported today that Lord Browne former Chief Exec of BP and now Director of Cuadrilla (a shale gas fracking company) in an interview has said that Lancashire has the potential to be the capital of Europe’s emerging shale gas industry, which in theory could help to create as many as 50,000 jobs across the UK.

“My own view is that Lancashire has huge potential … If they had the will they could perhaps become the centre of shale gas for Europe, much as Aberdeen became the centre of oil and gas for Europe. It is not inconceivable,” Lord Browne told The Independent.

However the UK’s sole operational fracking site located near Blackpool and run by Cuadrilla  was suspended last June. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is examining the report and said it expected to make a decision “soon” on the future of  fracking at the Cuadrilla site and across the UK. Fracking is known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is the process used to dislodge natural gas from shale by blasting a mixture of sand, water and chemicals into the rock.

Lord Browne, who is hopeful that the Government will approve Cuadrilla’s plans to resume fracking, said the shale gas industry “will be of enormous benefit to the nation if it works out well. We could potentially double the reserves of gas in the UK, we could add 50,000 jobs maybe, and probably even reduce the price of gas.”

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GSK to invest £500 million in the UK including a new facility in Cumbria

BBC News have reported that GlaxoSmithKline have released a press statement today confirming that it will invest more than £500m in the UK across its manufacturing sites to increase production of key aspects for its pharmaceutical products and vaccines.  This investment could create up to a 1000 new jobs.

GSK also announced a new manufacturing facility to be built in Ulverston in Cumbria. The biopharmaceutical facility will be its first new UK factory for 40 years.

Investment will also be made at the company’s two manufacturing sites in Scotland at Montrose and Irvine.

These investments represent one of the largest commitments to the UK life-sciences sector in recent years.  They follow confirmation by the Government in the Budget yesterday that it will implement a ‘patent box’ to encourage investment in R&D and related manufacturing in the UK, by introducing a lower rate of corporation tax on profits generated from UK-owned intellectual property

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This is excellent news, a major investment that will create many highly skilled jobs and provide a great boost to the economy….We have a world class life sciences industry, and I am determined not just to keep it here in the UK but significantly increase it too… Our innovative life sciences strategy and ground breaking patent box are already making a difference, helping to grow this important industry and ensure the great discoveries of the next decade happen here in British laboratories.

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Compliance Officer – North East

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Compliance Officer to join a biotechnology company based in the North East of England.

Responsibilities:

As a Compliance Officer you will be responsible for ensuring that manufacturing documents are compliant with GMP, writing new manufacturing documents, providing assistance to the New Product Co-ordinator during manufacturing and perform document compliance reviews.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Compliance Officer role must be qualified to at least HND level in chemistry or equivalent subject or possess equivalent industrial experience and have prior knowledge of GMP and Quality issues. 

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Compliance Officer role please contact Heather Deagle on 0191 384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH23938 in all correspondence.

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UCB and Oxford Uni Announce New R&D Partnership

UCB Media released a press statement stating that UCB Pharma and Oxford University agreed today to collaborate on cutting-edge pharmaceutical research projects, enabling scientists from industry and academia to work together to develop innovative medicines to treat serious diseases in immunology and neurology.

The Oxford-UCB partnership will be funded by an amount of £3.6 million from UCB and will run over 3 years. A committee of UCB and Oxford University representatives will oversee the collaboration via regular meetings to look out for and monitor new projects. Between five and 10 projects will be selected for investigation over the course of the three-year agreement.

Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said: This is an exciting new partnership and I am eager to see the research that results. Partnerships between industry and academia will have an increasingly prominent role to play in the development of new drugs, therapies and medical technologies. Pooling expertise and resources is exactly what we should be doing to carry out the best research, identify the most promising new drug candidates and take them forward.

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Looking for a Job in the Chemical Industry? Join our Linkedin Group Today!

Are you looking for a new position in the Chemical Industry? Join CK’s specialist Chemical Industry Network on Linkedin!

CK Science are specialists in Chemical Industry recruitment. We have a dedicated Linkedin group to help jobseekers in the Chemical Industry.

CK utilise  this group in order to provide our members with the most up-to-date job opportunities, careers advice and industry news. We’ve also found that it’s a great place to network with others in the area!

This specialist group is a really useful resource for you and your colleagues within the Chemical Industry.

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Our Latest Science Jobs in the UK

Here is a list of the latest science jobs we have had in this week. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply!

Rubber Chemist/ Rubber Technologist – South Wales

Microbiologist – Pharmaceutical, NE England

Test Rig Operator – Catalyst, Chemical, Oxford

Catalyst Coating Specialist – Oxfordshire

Formulation Scientist – Agrochemicals, West Mids

Process Technologist – County Durham

Sales Engineer – Oil & Gas, Waste Water, Essex

Quality Assurance Representative – North West

Product Development ScientistCentral Belt of Scotland

Stability Team Leader – PharmaceuticalNorth East

QA Manufacturing Support Engineer – Yorkshire

Production Operative – Herts

Shift Process Chemist – Oxfordshire

Regulatory Manager – East Anglia

Senior Chemist – UV Coatings, Greater London

Head of ProductionNorthern Ireland

Senior Chemist – Packaging, FMCG, Hertfordshire

Analytical Scientist – Herts

Shift Chemist – Teeside

Compliance OfficerNE England

Medical Devices Sterile SpecialistEast Midlands

Shift Chemist – Teeside

Microbiology AnalystTeeside

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BioCity Scotland Announces BioEntrepreneur Boot Camp

BioCity Nottingham news reported that BioCity Scotland announced its first Bio Entrepreneur Boot Camp. This will be a three-day intensive business development program designed to prepare scientists to be their own boss.

The program is designed for anyone thinking of starting a life sciences company or in the early stage of company development. It will be delivered by business professionals, many of whom have run their own firms or advise small companies. Delegates will work on practical exercises and case studies; enjoy lively discussion and networking, and will benefit from one-to-one mentoring. Topics to be covered include market research, financial planning, business law, intellectual property, leadership and promotion. The individual sessions build towards a friendly ‘Dragons Den’ style competitive pitch to a panel of industry experts on the final day.

The course will take place over 3 days from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th April, and is sponsored by North Lanarkshire Council.

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Eli Lilly gives $100,000 to American Red Cross Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts

As reported by Pharmiweb, The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation yesterday gave $100,000 to the American Red Cross for its tornado disaster relief efforts.

This pledge will support families and communities affected by the tornadoes that blazed through Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, and Georgia on March 2, 2012.

Robert L. Smith, president of the Lilly Foundation said “Our hearts go out to those affected by these tornadoes, including those in our home state of Indiana. We’ve been moved by the acts of kindness by people who have sought to help those in need. Today, we join the ranks of many others in answering the call to help”

In addition to this pledge, through its matching gifts program, the Lilly Foundation will provide a 1:1 match of employee donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  The Foundation is encouraging U.S. Lilly employees who want to donate to tornado relief efforts to do so through one of these organizations, thereby doubling the impact of their giving.

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Meet Naynesh Mistry – Permanent Recruitment Consultant in the Midlands

Naynesh Mistry has been with CK Science since August 2012 and is based in the Chesterfield office. He is responsible for permanent scientific recruitment in the following industries in the Midlands area:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Food
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Devices

To find out more watch his short video below:

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You can contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk.

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Boehringer Ingelheim provide free first aid training for Berkshire children

Boehringer Ingelheim released a statement earlier this year stating that the Bracknell based pharmaceutical company is teaming up with St Johns Ambulance and Bracknell News to provide free first aid training in Berkshire schools.

Boehringer Ingelheim is sponsoring a part time St Johns Ambulance liaison officer to provide free first aid training in schools. Natasha Bright will be available to the schools at little or no cost to carry out training, before schools had to pay for training, so the initiative will save them hundreds of pounds or mean more taking advantage of first aid training.

Boehringer Ingelheim’s involvement in free first aid training started in 2009 when, in liaison with the Bracknell News and St John, it launched free Childlifesaver courses for readers to learn basic skills required to save a baby or toddler’s life.

Duncan Cantor, director of communications at Boehringer, said: “As a company, we are committed to family health. This year is the 50th anniversary of the opening our UK office and what better way to celebrate our half-century in Bracknell than by extending the work we have already done in the first aid arena to local children. By helping them to learn the basic first aid skills they may, one day, be in a position to save someone’s life and that, for me, is a pretty good legacy for any company to have.”

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Abbott to invest €85m at its pharmaceutical site

Abbott Ireland released plans to invest €85 million at its pharmaceutical manufacturing operation in Sligo, Ireland.  This investment will result in the creation of up to approximately 175 highly skilled jobs, these new roles will include  engineering, quality, pharmaceutical science and other science-based areas.

The majority of the jobs will be added during the construction phase and the remainder will come on stream post the completion of the expansion. In addition, construction employment will create up to 150 temporary jobs. The expansion of the facility will be completed in 2014. The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Dr. Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, President, Global Pharmaceutical Operations, Abbott said  “Abbott has had a presence in Ireland for more than 65 years and began manufacturing in the country in 1974. Sligo is an important part of Abbott’s pharmaceutical manufacturing network and we are pleased to expand it to support future production needs. The success of our Sligo facility is due to the dedication of its staff and management. This state-of-the-art expansion will enable us to produce innovative therapies that we expect will represent significant advances in the treatment of cancer, chronic kidney disease and viral infections,”

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A new state-of-the art microscope will revolutionise the detection of cancer in Scotland

The Scotsman.com has reported that a NEW state-of-the art microscope is currently under construction at the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre at the city’s Western General Hospital. This new microscope will revolutionise the detection and treatment of cancer in Scotland by giving scientists the ability to track rogue cells as they move around the body.

This £400,000 microscope, one of only two in the world (the other one is at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts)  uses “vibrational” images to allow researchers to see deep into active cancer cells, giving a unique view of how the disease spreads.  Most cancer deaths are caused when diseased cells migrate within the body – a process called metastasis – and develop as secondary tumours. The new equipment will help researchers establish if a cancer has spread, and whether drugs might prevent this.

 Dr Alan Serrels who is a Cancer Research UK scientist is building the microscope with colleague Andy Downes from the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.  Serrels said: “This microscope allows researchers to see what’s going on deep within living tissue. By spying on the inner workings of cells in this way, it will reveal clues as to how cancers grow and spread, as well as allowing scientists to directly witness the effects of treatments on tumours. The work will significantly improve our understanding of metastasis and reveal opportunities to develop new treatments to stop cancer in its tracks.”

It is hoped the technology will eventually lead to the development of new treatments to stop the disease spreading.

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