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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Quality Engineer Job – (Medical Device) Hampshire

Our client is a world renowned Medical Device organisation who develop innovative & industry leading devices. They are currently looking for a Quality Engineer to join their QA & RA Division based from their site in Hampshire.

Responsibilities:

Working as a Quality Engineer, you will be responsible for working across the Production, Development & Quality internal teams as well   as external suppliers.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing, creating and maintaining regulatory & quality system (ISO 13485, ISO 9001, Medical Device Directives) documentation
  • Developing & carrying out equipment & process validation
  • Aiding with transfer of new products to manufacturing
  • Carrying out non-conformance & root cause analysis and implementing corrective actions as well as assisting with internal & external (customer & supplier) audits
  • In addition to your duties in the Medical Device side, you will also be involved in supporting a small pharmaceutical division as and when required.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a blue chip Medical Device organisation, which in return offers an attractive salary, an excellent bonus scheme and benefits package.

Qualification and Experience:

To be considered for this role, you will have a demonstrated background in a Quality Engineer or related Regulatory Engineering  function gained within the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology or a relevant industry.

Apply now:

For more information or to apply for this Quality Engineer position, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST21952 in all correspondence.

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CK are exclusively recruiting for ACAL Energy!

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ACAL Energy Ltd is based in Runcorn, Cheshire, and is currently working on an exclusive basis with CK Science to recruit a variety of scientists and engineers outlined below. Please direct any queries to Vicki at vwalker@ckscience.co.uk or on 0114 283 9956, quoting the appropriate reference number for the vacancy you wish to enquire about.

ACAL Energy Job Vacancies:

Please find links to the currently available vacancies with ACAL Energy Ltd below:

 

 

About ACAL Energy

ACAL Energy Ltd is the world’s leading developer of low cost Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells systems, powered by ACAL Energy’s proprietary platinum free cathode technology (FlowCath®).

ACAL Energy Ltd is a developer of Fuel Cell systems, modules and consumable chemicals for a range of uses including stationary, residential and automotive applications. Its innovative designs will deliver substantial cost savings and performance improvements that will accelerate the adoption of PEM Fuel Cell technologies in key markets.

Fuel Cells are electrochemical systems that convert chemical energy to electrical power directly. They offer a clean and efficient technology for the generation of electricity and are poised to become the leading energy source of the 21st century in a range of applications.ACAL Energy has been announced as one of the winners of the Carbon Trust’s Polymer Fuel Cell Challenge competition, leading to a funded project intended to deliver the critical reduction in fuel cell system costs that must be achieved to make mass market deployment a reality.  The company employs leading scientists and engineers in the Fuel Cell arena and is now looking to expand the team to support this program of work.

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer Job – Scotland

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Our client, a world-leading manufacturer of diagnostic reagents are looking for a Senior Regulatory Affairs officer to join their team in Scotland.

 

Responsibilities:

As Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer, you will be responsible for managing, preparing and maintaining regulatory documentation to enable the company to comply with ISO9001 and ISO13485 standards and to ensure on-going regulatory compliance to GMP. You will also be responsible for gaining CE marking for new products in the EU, registration via competent authorities and FDA approval for products in the US, while maintaining existing licences and registrations.

Further responsibilities include:

  • Plan, co-ordinate, prepare and interpret relevant information necessary for product licence applications to ensure successful granting, maintenance and development of such licenses by Regulatory Authorities on a world wide basis.
  • Advise staff on data and information required for successful license applications and co-ordinate their efforts to ensure that their contributions to regulatory applications are produced to an appropriate standard for submission.
  • Compile product information for the preparation of technical files and regulatory dossiers to support product licence applications and product license maintenance for world wide Regulatory Authorities.
  • Ensure that changes are communicated as appropriate to the Regulatory Authorities
  • Liaise with regulatory agencies and external contract bodies and, in response to requests from these, to collate and interpret specialised information
  • Provide advice on the licensing options/regulatory requirements for the company, to facilitate process/product modifications
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of new systems and procedures and identify areas for potential improvement to ensure the concept of continuous quality improvement is realised
  • Participate as required in the selection and recruitment of new staff and participate in induction programmes for new starts in relation to Regulatory Affairs

 

Qualification and Experience:

The ideal candidate for this Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer position must hold a relevant degree or professional qualification and an appropriate level of experience in a Regulatory Affairs environment, significant specialist knowledge of Regulatory Affairs and an understanding of the operation of a medical device manufacturing establishment (ideally as applied to in vitro diagnostic medical devices).  As well as the ability to analyse information in a structured manner and to be able to prepare coherent regulatory reports and filings.

Apply now

For more information or to apply for this Senior Regulatory Affairs Officer position, please contact Carrie Ann on 0191 384 8905 or cbell@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH21857 in all correspondence.

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Technical Manager Job – North West England

Our client provides measurement and analytical services for the Oil & Gas industry. They are looking for a Technical Manager to set the strategic direction and provide technical leadership for all UK OGC sites.

Responsibilities:

As Technical Manager, you will provide support to Operations and Commercial Managers in developing business opportunities and generating revenue while line managing the team locally. This will involve writing tenders, managing large scale M&I projects, assessing the value of new developments within M&I and perform high level specialist revenue earning measurement consultancy work.

Requirements:

To be considered for this Technical Manager role, you must be qualified to minimum HNC level in an engineering discipline or possess equivalent industrial experience and be a member of a relevant industry body. You must also possess a proven track record in managing projects and teams, business development and engineering within the Oil & Gas sector.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Technical Manager position, please contact Barney Smith at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH21880 in all correspondence.

Apply online:

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Phlebotomist Job – Hertfordshire, UK

We are currently looking for a Phlebotomist for a global pharma company, based in Hertfordshire.

Your role as a Phelbotomist will entail obtaining blood specimens by venepuncture, inserting intravenous cannulas and collecting pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and safety samples. You will be involved in utilising PIMS (Phase I Management System) for collection and processing of samples, setting up studies in PIMS real-time menu and assign phlebotomists limited study responsibilities.  Attending study initiation meetings.  Reviewing all PIMS protocol study set ups.  Scheduling and attend all phlebotomy protocol update meetings.  Maintaining inventory and stock phlebotomy and processing rooms on all floors of the CPU.

You will be required to travel between sites. You will be required to work circa 15 hours per week (flexible).

Apply Now

For more information or to apply for this Phlebotomist position, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST21832 in all correspondence.

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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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Have you met our Durham Office Manager, Barney?

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Barney is the Manager of CK Science’s Durham office and he’s been with us for six years.

Barney has an interesting background, having previously been a Marine Biologist and a Fishers Obersever in the South Atlantic.

If you are looking for a new career, or staff within the Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Food or Waste and Environmental industries, Barney is the man you need to speak to. You can contact him on 0191 3848905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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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.

Responsibilities:

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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Formulations Chemist Job – Hertfordshire, UK

CK Science are currently recruiting for a Formulations Chemist to assist in the development of both topical pharmaceutical (for OTC and ethical markets) and cosmetic products.

The position will include laboratory-scale formulation development, the scale-up of potential formulations in a pilot facility, and involvement with technology transfer of development products into commercial manufacture in accordance with GMP.

Day to day you will be working on formulation development for new and existing products and monitoring them for physical/emulsion stability, pH and viscosity to find the optimum formulation. You will prepare supplies of Development Products for Accelerated Stability Studies by conducting manufacturing on a small scale for accelerated stability trials in a range of packaging materials and you will also prepare supplies of Development Products for Stability/Clinical Studies by manufacturing on a larger scale (up to 100 kg) at a pilot facility.

The ideal candidate will hold a degree/diploma or equivalent in a scientific discipline and will have Formulation experience gained preferably in pharmaceuticals/cosmetics or other skincare products. They will also have an appreciation of working in a GMP environment. Experience in the preparation of a range of new product formulations such as creams, gels, lotions and shampoos would be highly advantageous. Please note that semi solid formulations experience is essential.

Apply now

For more information or to apply for this Formulations Chemist job, please contact Jason Johal at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jjohal@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST21526 in all correspondence.

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Science Placement Student Wins Research Award

David Liptrot, a student studying Chemistry at the University of Bath has been awarded Placement Student of the Year by ratemyplacement.co.uk.

During his placement year at AstraZeneca, David carried out work in synthetic research to improve access to compounds of potential therapeutic interest and was nominated by his University lecturer, Stever Roser.

Upon receiving the award, David stated ‘Finding new drugs is often very time consuming and can cost a great deal of money. The research involved looking at very small compounds that make up drugs and finding ways to improve how quickly and how many compounds are created.

This allows faster and more drug screening, effectively increasing the number of potential drugs that can be studied, and reduces the time taken and the overall cost of producing medicines.”

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Are you going to MEDTEC UK next week?

CK Science are!  We will be exhibiting at  stand number 1722 – so if you are planning on attending, please come along and say hello.

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If you would like to schedule a meeting with me to discuss your recruitment plans or job opportunities, please email me at abolton@ckscience.co.uk, and we will organise this as soon as possible.

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Budget 2011: Increase of £100 million in Funding

As announced today, the government will be injecting an additional £100 million into scientific research in the UK.

“The Government will invest an additional £100 million in 2011-12 in science capital development to provide facilities for the commercialisation of research, accommodation for innovative SMEs and new research capabilities,” read the budget.

As well as this extra funding, plans for a ‘technology and innovation centre’ have also been revealed. This centre will conduct it’s own research and bring together work from institutions based in Rotherham, Coventry, Strathclyde, Sedgefield, Redcar and Bristol.

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Quality Compliance Officer Job – Scotland

Our client is a pharmaceutical company based in Scotland.  They require a Quality Compliance Officer to join their team. 

Reporting to the Quality compliance leader, you will participate in all aspects of compliance activities including promotion of compliance to staff, hosting visits by FDA or MHRA, maintaining the site quality management and audit systems and support regulatory related activities as and when required. 

The ideal candidate for this Quality Compliance Officer must be qualified to minimum HNC/HND level in a pharmaceutical based scientific subject or possess equivalent industrial experience and have some experience working within a compliance environment, preferably within the pharmaceutical industry.

Apply Now

For more information or to apply for this Quality Compliance Officer position, please contact Carrie Ann Bell on 0191 384 8905 or email cbell@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH21301 in all correspondence.

 

Apply online now!

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QC Analyst Job (Biotechnology) – Scotland

Our client a biotechnology company located in the Central Belt of Scotland require a QC Analyst on a temporary basis.

As a QC Analyst you will carry out chemical testing in accordance with approved methods (including HPLC, FTIR, GC) and in compliance with GMP. You should have a suitable qualification in chemistry and be competent in using techniques such as HPLC, GC and FTIR ideally gained within an industrial environment. The role is initially temporary but there is a likelihood it will be extended or made permanent.

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For more information or to apply for this QC Analyst position, please contact Graeme Pallas at CK Science on 0191 384 8905 or email gpallas@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH21599 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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Novartis to Cut UK Pharmaceutical Jobs

As reported by the BBC, The Swiss-based pharmaceutical company, Novartis are reportedly planning to close their drug development and manufacturing operations in Horsham, West Sussex, leading to  hundreds of cuts to pharmaceutical jobs.

This site currently employees 950 staff and this is set to reduce to 400 within just two years. It produces approximately 60 different formulations of drugs. Staff will be retained who work on developing respiratory drugs in Horsham. Those focused on gastrointestinal medicines will be relocated to their units based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Basel in Switzerland.

The announcement comes after a series of cuts by pharmaceutical companies across the UK. Including, Pfizer who are to close their research and development centre in Sandwich, Kent – potentially cutting up to 2,400 posts. In addition, both AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline are shutting down sites across the UK.

Novartis have disputed the notion that their plans to close the Horsham site is linked to the decline in attractiveness of the UK in terms of innovation. General Manager, Sue Webb stated, “With significant changes in healthcare systems aimed to contain or cut cost, this critical assessment and the subsequent potential changes to the Novartis UK organisation are key to maintain significant investment in innovative drugs and our research efforts in the UK.”

The Swiss-based pharmaceutical company plan to maintain their manufacturing sites based in Grimsby, Liverpool and Dundee.

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Our Current Chemical Industry Jobs…

Analytical Chemist Job – London, UK

Our client, an industry leading Specialty Chemical organisation, are currently looking for an Analytical Chemist for a 12 month Fixed Term Contract to join their state of the art laboratories.

Working alongside a team of inorganic chemists you will be involved in analysis of precious metals and advanced materials. You will use analytical techniques including ICP/OES, AAS, GFASS, XRF, Fire Assay and more.

To be considered for this role, you will have a BSc in Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry or a related discipline (or equivalent). Previous experience in the area of inorganic analytical research or a chemical manufacturing  environment is ideal. Previous experience with techniques such as ICP/OES, AAS, GFASS, XRF and Fire Assay would be advantageous.

For more information, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

Physicist Job – Liquid Crystal, Southampton

Our client in the world’s leading Chemical Manufacturer and they are currently looking for a Lead Physicist for a 2 year fixed contract to join their Research team based in Southampton.

Your responsibilities will include:

– Conducting research, development and testing duties within various specialist chemical research projects to meet the project objectives.

– Working with the Liquid Crystal research team, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team including chemists and physicists to enable improved materials top be designed and synthesised.

– Designing Liquid Crystals Mixtures.

To be considered for this role you will have:

– A PhD in Physics or related discipline or equivalent.

– Previous experience with LC (Liquid Crystal) Display modes is essential.

– Previous experience of Liquid Crystal research would be ideal.

For more information, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

Material Scientist Job – Organic Photovoltaics – Hampshire, UK

Our client, an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer, are currently looking for a Material Scientist to join their Organic Materials division based from their state-of-the-art facilities in Hampshire.

Working as a Material Scientist, you will be involved in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with a focus on evaluation and selection of materials for use in Liquid Crystal or Organic Electronic applications (e.g. electronic displays).

Your duties will include conducting materials development, evaluation and selection studies; carrying out organic semiconductor device fabrication & characterisation as well as performing performance and application testing of materials, formulations and devices for Organic Photovoltaic applications.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a global leader in specialist Chemical Manufacturing, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree / MSc / PhD in Material Science, Physics or a related discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated research based experience in the field of organic photovoltaics devices and materials gained within a Chemical, Technology or related industry. Programming skills using C++, Labview or Access/SQL would be advantageous, but are not essential.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

Organic Chemist Job – Organic Electronic, Hampshire, UK

Our client, an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer, are currently looking for an Organic Chemist to join their specialist Organic Electronic Research Team, based from their state-of-the-art facilities in Hampshire.

Working as an Organic Chemist, you will be involved in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with a core focus on the formulation and application development of the organisation’s innovative organic electronic chemicals.

Your duties will include preparing and evaluating new polymer & semiconductor formulations; conducting electronic and physical experiments as well as carrying out application testing for a range of organic electronic / dielectric material applications (e.g. display technology).

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a global leader in the field of specialist Chemical Manufacturing, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

To be considered for this role, you will have a degree / MSc / PhD in Organic Chemistry, Physics or a relevant discipline (or equivalent) and demonstrated research based experience in the field of Organic Chemist for polymer and/or semiconductor materials gained in Academia or Industry.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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