Oxfordshire Science Park to Create 1,000 Jobs

Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire is set to expand, with up to 1,000 new science and technology jobs.

Three new research labs and office space have been discussed at the Abingdon site, and a planning application has been sent to the council. The 1,000 jobs include skilled and unskilled workers, including the construction of the new buildings and the scientists then working in them once they have been completed.

The created jobs are set to expand the workforce at the Science Park by 50%, to near 3,000. Should planning permission be granted, private companies will be invited to move operations to the park, before construction begins. Currently with 2,000 staff and 45 companies, the Culham Science Park is part of Science Vale UK, which includes two other Oxfordshire sites employing over 10,000 people between them. The expanding of the Abingdon site can only boost the area’s scientific centre credentials further.

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50 jobs created – Worcestershire Science Park

As reported by the Malvern Gazette, after an agreed £4m government investment, fifty new science jobs are to be created at Malvern Hills Science Park in Worcestershire, UK.

Opened in 1997, there are 30 technology and science-based companies based at the science park, which employs 300 people. However, the science park is now full to capacity and as Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of the County Council explains, the investment “…is a big step forward and really significant piece of funding that will allow the science park and grow and take on more jobs.”


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David Meeker appointed as Genzyme’s CEO

As reported by the Pharmaceutical Business Review, David Meeker has been appointed CEO of Sanofi’s subsidiary, Genzyme.

Meeker has a long history with Genzyme –

  • – 1994 – David was Medical Director at Genzyme working on the Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy program.
  • – He has also been the president of the Global Rare Disease Business and looked into the global launches of Aldurazyme, Fabrazyme and Myozyme.
  • – 2009 – David became the Chief Operating Officer of Genzyme

Meeker’s appointment to CEO will drive Genzyme’s push to incorporate the Rare Disease business and the Multiple Sclerosis franchise. He will join the Group Management Committee of Sanofi and report to Sanofi CEO, Christopher A. Viehbacher. Speaking of the news, Viehbacher stated,  “After working closely with David over the past six months, I am confident that he is the best person to lead Genzyme.”

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Love Science? Visit the London Science Festival!

The London Science Festival, which is taking place between 19th-23rd October, will cover ten venues with 30 separate science-related events. Here are some of the highlights:

For more information, please click here to visit the London Science Festival website. You can also follow the festival on Twitter: @LondonSciFest, or follow the hashtag #LSF11 throughout the event.

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UK Government to Invest £50m in Graphene Technology

As reported by the BBC, the UK government will be pledging £50m towards developing new technologies using the new, “miracle material”, graphene.

Graphene, which was developed by two Manchester-based scientists is the strongest material known to science and is better at conducting electricity than copper. The scientists were awarded the Nobel-prize for the discovery.

Potential uses of graphene could include:

  • Transparent touch screens
  • Solar cells
  • Aircraft wings
  • Optical communication systems

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Bristol and Bath Science Park Opens – 6,000 New Jobs

As reported by the BBC, the £300m Bristol and Bath Science Park is set to open, creating 6,000 science and technology jobs.

The Science Park, which is located at Emersons Green near Bristol covers an impressive 59 acres, and will be a hub for firms to bring their science and technology ideas from the lab, to market.

The Bath and Bristol Science Park will form one of the six Science City regions in England. Speaking of the park, Science and Universities Minister David Willetts said that it will, “…bring together universities and businesses and make the most of the region’s strengths in research, helping to crease ne products, companies and jobs.”

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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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Pharma Company buys Scottish Chemicals Plant

As reported by the BBC News, the pharmaceutical company, Bakhu Pharma have acquired the chemical plant, Phoenix Chemicals in a deal which could create 50 jobs within 12 months.

Bakhu Pharma is the third owners of the plant in three years and speaking of the deal, their chief executive stated,

“This was a last-minute rescue plan that was put together very quickly,” said Mr Leece.

“Annan was about to be decommissioned but thanks to a huge effort by a few people, we have rescued the business from the ashes.”

The Merseyside-based Phoenix Chemicals originally bought the plant with the help of a grant from the Scottish government of £400,000. However, the company went into administration in January 2011.

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Project Engineer Job (Mechanical, Medical Devices) – Cambridgeshire, UK

CK Science is currently helping a world leading Medical Device Consultancy to recruit a Project Engineer to join their state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridgeshire. This fantastic company develops a range of technologies for their customers in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Devices industries.


As a Project Engineer, your main responsibilities will include leading multi-disciplinary teams on projects within the drug delivery, diagnostic and other medical technology applications. Further duties of this role will include:

  • Working closely with customers to identify and design technical product or system solutions and in turn producing proposals to meet their requirements
  • Leading design engineering including hands on use of 3D CAD to produce designs of components, systems or products
  • Working closely with 3rd party suppliers for transfer of project to manufacture as well as managing technical documentation relating to the project.


Person specification:

To be considered for this Project Engineer role, you will have the following skills, qualifications and experience:

  • Degree / MSc / PhD in Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated experience of both project management and hands on engineering for technology applications including knowledge of manufacturing processes (one off design or volume)
  • Experience using 3D CAD (pref. Pro-E or Solid Works)
  • Specific experience in the medical device industry would be advantageous but it is not essential.


How to apply

For more information or to apply for this Project Engineer position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quotereference ST22101 in all correspondence.

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Scientists find that mobile phones could increase brain cancer risk

As reported by Sky News, according to scientists at the World Health Organisation (WHO), the use of mobile phones could increase your chances of getting brain cancer.

The scientists have classified mobile devices as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ and so have advised people to use their hands-free sets or text instead of calling. The scientists came to this classification after the discovery that the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields associated with handsets potentially heightened the chances of suffering glioma, a malignant form of the disease.


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Technologist Job – Oxfordshire, UK

CK Science is looking for a Technologist to join a world leading Medical Device organisation based in Oxfordshire.

As Technologist you will join the company’s Quality and Regulatory team and will be involved in the development of various medical devices and diagnostics products.

This is an excellent opportunity to work for a leading name in Medical Device development and manufacturing. In return, they offer a competitive package combined with strong career prospects.


Working as a Technologist, you will be responsible for carrying out complete device and component testing on a wide range of medical devices & diagnostic equipment using techniques such as AQLs, Force Tests, Wet Tests and Spring Testing. As part of the quality team, you will also be required to complete relevant quality documentation (ISO 13485, GMP) following testing and support internal and customer audits when required. 


To be considered for this role, you will have a qualification in a Scientific or Engineering discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated experience in a device / component Testing or Quality role gained within the Medical Device, Diagnostic or a related technology industry.

How to apply

For more information or to apply for this Technologist position, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. . Please quote reference ST22054 in all correspondence.

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Could coffee waste be turned into drugs?

As reported by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Scientists working at the University of Iowa have recentrly discovered a new bacterium which feeds on caffeine. They are hopeful that it could be used to decaffeinate coffee waste to used as a feedstock for biofuel production.

It is hoped that the research could have many practical applications. Nick Turner, a biotechnolgist from the University of Manchester stated,  ‘The specificity of each N-demethylase for a different methyl group is a beautiful example of how enzymes are able to catalyse selective transformations on their substrates, and something that would be very difficult to emulate using traditional chemical processes. The ability to convert caffeine…into higher value products could be attractive to the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries, who are increasingly interested in new low-cost biotechnologies for the manufacture of their products.’ 

It is also thought that biodecaffeination is another potential practical application, as explained by Turner, ‘If we could decaffeinate coffee waste, millions of tons of which is produced every year, it might be useful as a fermentation feedstock to make ethanol as a biofuel. The waste could also be turned into animal feed in this way.’ 

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Nestlé Acquires Diagnostics Company

As reported by The Telegraph, the global brand Nestlé have acquired the Diagnostics company Promentheus Laboratories which specialises in manufacturing equipment used to diagnose bowel complaints.

The deal is a calculated move by Nestlé to expand their recently established Health Sciences Division who are focusing on developing foods that can be used in the treatment of disease.

Luis Cantarell, the man that heads up the Health Sciences Division at Nestlé, stated, “The largest drug you have in your repertoire is the food you eat.”

In order for the division to achieve their ambitions, Nestlé have also recently purchased CM&D Pharma, a UK-based company which was instrumental in developing chewing gum to treat kidney disorders, as well as Vitaflo, a Liverpool-based organisation which specialise in manufacturing nutritional supplements for people with digestive disorders.

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CK Director on Biocity Bootcamp Panel of Experts

Liam O’Connell, Director at CK Science will be appearing on the expert panel at Biocity and the Healthcare & Bioscience iNet evening seminar, “Entrepreneurs, Universities and the Economy”.

The seminar  follows a pro-enterpise speech at the end of 2010, during which Prime Minister David Cameron outlined his vision for turning the years ahead into the most entrepreneurial and dynamic in the history of the UK. He outlined his plan to build a new economic dynamism relying heavily on innovation and start-ups alongside collaboration between universities and businesses.

During the seminar, the BBC’s Working Lunch presenter Rob Pittam will ask the panel of experts:
1. What impact will the 23 March budget have on the life science industry and governments stated aim of boosting enterprise?
2. In particular how will this affect your business [i.e. the panel member’s] and what significant effects has government had on your business in the past- if any?

The panel members will include our very own Liam O’Connell and the following influential figureheads:
– Nigel Gaymond, Chief Executive, BioIndustry Association
– Dr Glenn Crocker, CEO, BioCity Nottingham
– Dr Dave Mead, Business Development Director, Novozymes Biopharma UK Ltd (pharmaceutical product manufacturers)
– Sameer Kothari ,Chief Executive, Zilico Ltd (cancer diagnostics company)
– Gwent Paylor , College Business Manager, School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University

The seminar will be taking place this afternoon at the Biocity site in Nottingham.

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Senior Analytical Method Development Scientist Job – UK

CK Science are currently recruiting for a Senior Analytical Method Development Scientist to join a global Pharma CMO based in Wiltshire. The company are a major player within the Pharma and Biopharma CMO fields and are looking for a talented individual to join the team.


Within this role you will provide analytical support to the development and manufacture of a wide range of dosage forms from early formulation studies and clinical trial manufacture to NDA registration. The work is very varied and includes method development and validation, provision of support during formulation development and manufacture, release testing and stability studies.

Skills and experience:

You will have sufficient technical experience to be a driving force within the group and to be able to impart your knowledge to more junior members of staff.

  • Communication skills:

It is likely that you will be the analytical representative for project teams and as such having strong communication skills, to be able to converse and build the clients confidence is essential.

  • Organisational skills:

The nature of the environment is fast paced and as such you will have a number of projects to work on at any one time spanning a diverse product, dosage form and client range. With this in mind good organisational skills are also essential.

  • Qualifications:

You must be qualified in Chemistry or a related subject (or equivalent) and have previous analytical/CMO laboratory experience (preferably in gained in pharmaceutical analytical development).

  • Experience:

Experience in reversed phase HPLC / UV / DAD detection, GC, UV and dissolution, sample preparation (solid phase, liquid and solvent extraction) and proven experience in HPLC method development and validation are essential.

You will also have experience of working to cGLP / GMP.

Apply now

For more information or to apply for this Senior Analytical Method Development Scientist job, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 732 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST21688 in all correspondence.

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Careers Advice from CK Science

So you’re looking for a new job in science? Here are some great careers advice articles from CK Science to help you on your way:

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