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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£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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Product Compliance Head Job in East Midlands

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Product Compliance Head to join a global pharmaceutical company at their site based in the East Midlands on a permanent basis.

Product Compliance Head Job Description

As Product Compliance Head, you will manage the compliance across the 3 production units, ensuring that all aspects of the handling, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products comply with the requirements of the Quality Manual and Policies and meet all relevant cGMP regulatory and legislative requirements

The purpose of this Product Compliance Head position is to provide technical leadership for the site in all product quality compliance related matters and ensure operational business comply with cGMP legal and regulatory requirements.

Key responsibilities of this Product Compliance Head job will include:

  • Ensure that all aspects of the handling, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceutical products at the site comply with the requirements of the Pharma Corporate Quality Manual and Policies and meet all relevant cGMP regulatory and legislative requirements.
  • Ensure that the local Quality System and Standard Operating Procedures are in place and that compliance with cGMP
  • Ensure that a high quality of products is achieved through qualification and validation based upon quality risk analysis.
  • Ensure that the QA department maintains an innovative approach based on improvement, implementation of best practice.
  • Provide leadership, direction and support to the people within the QA Compliance area and ensure that they are qualified, achieve a high level of competence, are motivated and carry out their duties in a safe manner.
  • Maintain current knowledge of local and international regulatory and legislative requirements and trends to ensure that expert advice and appropriate technical support on product quality related matters is provided to the whole site.
  • Ensure that all components, drug product containers, closures, in process materials, packaging material, labelling and drug products are released in accordance with the registered specifications.
  • Manage complaints, recalls, counterfeits and product tampering according to the company Corporate Quality Manual.

To be considered for this Product Compliance Head position, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A degree in Sciences or equivalent
  • Experience in Quality Assurance and Quality Control and/or in manufacturing environment within the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Previous experience in API manufacture and ICH guidelines are preferred, however experience within secondary pharmaceutical manufacture will also be considered if you show the technical and managerial skills required for this role.
  • Sound knowledge of pharmaceutical regulatory requirements and be familiar with international guidelines, including FDA and MHRA.

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How to apply:

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For more information regarding this Product Compliance Head position, please contact Naynesh Mistry at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH24328 in all correspondence.

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GSK acquire Cellzome for £61 million

The Telegraph have reported that GSK  today, announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire Cellzome for £61 million in which they already own a 20pc stake.

Cellzome is the leader in the development and advancement of proteomics technologies. It currently has labs in Cambridge in the UK and Heidelberg in Germany. GSK currently own 19.98 % equity in the company but they will now assume full control of Cellzome. It will become part of GSK’s R&D organisation.

John Baldoni, senior vice-president of Platform & Technology Science at Glaxo, said: “The acquisition of Cellzome adds significantly to our scientific capabilities and capacity to characterise drug targets, and provides the opportunity to further enhance Glaxo’s ability to bring medicines to patients in a more effective manner.”

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Environmental Agency chairman supports gas extraction technique “fracking”

Environmental Agency chairman supports gas extraction technique “fracking”The Telegraph has reported that the Environmental Agency boss has given his support to the controversial technique of gas extraction “Fracking”

The process of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. Energy companies say the use of fracking will lead to cheaper supplies.

The chairman of the Environment Agency Lord Smith told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he would not stand in the way of fracking in the UK, as long as certain requirements were met, arguing that “it could be part of the answer” to the UK’s energy demands.

He also said “the source of a domestically available gas supply would, of course, be potentially very beneficial for our energy needs. It could provide energy security, which we don’t necessarily have when we import gas from abroad. It could be affordable,”

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Good news for gas industry as DECC advise that “fracking” should continue

The BBC News reported that the DECC have said that the gas extraction technique “fracking” should continue but with stricter conditions.

The technique “fracking” involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas. The government sees shale gas as a valuable energy resource for the future.

Last year the company Cuadrillla had to stop fracking at its site the Bowland Basin in Lancashire as it was thought that it had caused seismic events in the area. The process was to be reviewed by the DECC, however the DECC expert review published yesterday concludes that it is safe to resume hydraulic fracturing provided that the recommended operating procedures are followed.

Cuadrilla’s Chief Executive Mark Miller said: We are pleased that the experts have come to a clear conclusion that it is safe to allow us to resume hydraulic fracturing, following the procedures outlined in the review.

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Nolato buys British pharmaceutical packaging company Cope Allman Jaycare

Plastics Today reported that Swedish injection molder Nolato has acquired Cope Allman Jaycare, a pharmaceutical packaging company based in the UK

Nolato have bought Cope Allman Jaycare for an initial SEK 179 million (USD $26 million) and a deferred consideration based on earnings up to and including the first quarter of 2014.

Cope Allman Jaycare has a history within pharmaceutical packaging dating back to 1958. The company has 270 employees at its plants in Portsmouth and Newcastle. They have annual sales of around SEK 270 million (USD $39 million), and its customers comprise of a number of international pharmaceutical companies.

Christer Wahlquist, president of Nolato Medical, in a press release said “Nolato already has a strong position in the Scandinavian pharmaceutical packaging market…….This acquisition gives us a local presence in the UK, which is an important part of the global pharmaceutical industry. It also opens doors with a large number of leading international pharmaceutical companies, which are existing customers of Cope Allman Jaycare.”

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Laboratory Application Specialist Job-East Midlands

Naynesh Mistry is recruiting for a Laboratory Application Specialist to join a specialist in Instrument Cleaning Chemistries based at their site in the East Midlands on a permanent basis.

Laboratory Application Specialist Job Description

As Laboratory Application Specialist, you will investigate the cleaning efficacy of medical instrument cleaning chemistries in a laboratory environment and also the application of the medical instrument cleaning chemistries and instrument washer disinfectors.

Further responsibilities of this Laboratory Application Specialist position include:

  • To evaluate instrument cleaning products in washer disinfectors as directed by line manager, this includes, inter alia, participation in project teams, conducting studies, completing project paperwork and organising distribution of validation / verification reports.
  • To conduct instrument cleaning chemistry dosing analysis to support field applications across EMEA.
  • To use and maintain associated laboratory analytical equipment.
  • To use and maintain associated laboratory test and calibration equipment.
  • To report, where required, on potential washer disinfector system upgrade requirements to ensure successful integration of instrument cleaning chemistries into a range of washer disinfector technologies.
  • To maintain database and in-depth knowledge of all appropriate international standards, regulations and publications.
  • To undertake international travel (10 – 20% of role) to attend company and group meetings, customer meetings, conferences & symposia.

 

Further information:

This position requires international travel, extensive use of phone, computers and equipment in office, laboratory and plant environment. Travel expenses will be covered by the client.

As a Laboratory Application Specialist will have the following skills, experience and qualifications:

  • A minimum qualification of a degree or equivalent in chemistry, but preferably a BSc.
  • Research experience in cleaning chemistries and associated washer disinfectors is desirable.
  • Must be familiar with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) or have other relevant Quality System experience.
  • Must be literate with Microsoft software including Excel & Outlook, knowledge of Micosoft Project would be an advantage.

 

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For more information or to apply, please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 2839956 or email nmistry@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference SH23543 in all correspondence.

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