Amnis Bought Out by Division of Merck

EMD Millipore, the life sciences arm of pharmaceutical company Merck, has purchased cell imaging instrument manufacturer Amnis Corporation, reports inpharm.com.

Jonathan DiVincenzo, head of life sciences at EMD, has said that the deal improves the company’s flow cytometry range and will create “tremendous value for our customers’ research outcomes.” Amnis’ products are used in flow cytometry applications across various fields including biotech and pharmaceutical cell analysis.

DiVincenzo went on to add that “with this acquisition, EMD Millipore becomes the only provider of this technology.” David Basiji, Amnis chief executive, believes becoming park of Merck will “accelerate product development”for his company. The deal is expected to go through in the final quarter of this year.

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BP to Invest in North Sea Oil Fields

BP are to redevelop their North Sea oil fields, securing and creating jobs in the process, reports the Guardian.

 This is despite the Chancellor’s announcement of a £2 billion levy on North Sea oil and gas, to ease petrol prices, threatening the £12 billion investment and the expected creation of 15,000 jobs. Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive, has said that the investment is due to the “extensive knowledge” BP has of the North Sea due to over “forty years experience.”

The Treasury has claimed that BP’s decision shows that the North Sea is an “attractive area for new levels of investment.” Despite a drop in offshore drilling of 52% in the second quarter, for a variety of reasons including the government’s budget, the investment is set to go ahead, keeping the offshore platforms running until 2035 at least.

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Norwich Research Park to Create 5,000 Jobs

Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened the Norwich Research Park, set to create 5,000 jobs, reports EDP24.com.

Mr Cable praised the park, calling it “world beating” and “ambitious” as he opened the facility equipped with office space and laboratories. The area the park has been built in is one with a high concentration of food and environmental science businesses, and the project is expected to create around 5,000 jobs over the next fifteen years.

Mr Cable reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the science industry by agreeing to a £26 million investment into the Norwich Research Park, as business plans have been submitted to the government. The park is expected to create the jobs by expanding thanks to the investment.

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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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CK Group Recruitment Consultants Pass the REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice!

REC Pic Meera & AndyCongratulations to our two Recruitment Consultants, Meera Pattni and Andrew Bolton for passing their REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice with flying colours!

Meera and Andrew covered four modules as part of the diploma programme including:

  • The Recruitment Process
  • Recruitment Law & Ethics
  • The Recruitment Project
  • Practical Interviewing Skills

The Diploma in Recruitment Practice is one of the recruitment industry’s leading qualifications and aims to give recruiters detailed knowledge and confidence to provide clients and candidates with a high quality consultancy service.

Meera Pattni, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Regulatory, specialises in Regulatory Affairs Recruitment. You can contact Meera at mpattni@ckregulatory.com.

Andrew Bolton, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Science, specialises in recruitment for the chemical and food industries. You can contact Andrew at abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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