Almac Introduce Drug Handling Capabilities- EU Sites

Almac Clinical Services has expanded its business unit by offering the dispensing and bottling of solid dosages, according to the company’s own website.

Added to this, improved containment equipment and processes have been started at Almac’s EU and US headquarters. Dr Robert Dunlop, who is Managing Director of Almac, has said that the company has “experienced an increase in demand for facilities equipped to handle compounds of a higher potency.”

The installation of such facilities has been successful, and Almac has said it is open to and welcoming packaging discussions with companies who are currently developing drugs.

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Dundee Research Centre Granted £24 million

The University of Dundee’s research centre for the treatment of human diseases has been granted £24 million to continue its work over the next five years, reports Life Sciences Scotland.

The grant has come thanks to the taxpayer, something the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council Sir John Savill believes to be fantastic. He said “It is important for people to know how crucial their own money has been in uncovering health improvements” such as the MRI scanner.

The funding will allow for the research facility to add a number of new scientists to the team. The work undertaken at the research centre has is part of a worldwide effort, that through various grants has been able to support over 160 staff in over 25 countries. The MRC is dedicated to funding some of the leading medical research in the world through reinvestment of taxpayer’s money.

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North West Wales Gets Tech Jobs Boost

The creation of hundreds of technology and energy jobs in North West Wales has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as the Director of Menai Science Park.

The project, being championed by Bangor University, is aiming to join academic researchers with commercial expertise in one, as yet undecided, site. The development of the energy industry and clean technology will be the main reason as to the establishment of the science park, with everything from nuclear to biomass schemes being advanced on Anglesey. The Welsh government has already put in £10 million, with Anglesey also looking to be made into an Enterprise Zone to give company’s incentives to set up in the park.

The idea behind the establishment of the park is for Bangor University to initially set up researchers in laboratories on site, thereby attracting related businesses. The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, believes this to be a “very exciting initiative which has tremendous potential.” Whilst no location has yet been chosen, several locations are being discussed as to their suitability. Mr Wyn Jones, who has stepped down from the Welsh Assembly to take the post, is “fiercely committed to… creating a better economy for Anglesey and North West Wales.” He believes his skills and expertise will ensure the park “plays a leading role in strengthening and broadening” the economic base of the area.

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Norbrook Laboratories Continues Growth

BBC News has reported that Norbrook Laboratories is set to continue its growth over the next two years, by expanding the workforce to over 2,000.

The Northern Ireland based company, which employs 1,700 people, is adding to the recruitment of 200 new staff already this year. The profitable company has been continually expanding, leading to a recent £150 million investment in the Newry site owned by Norbrook, including new offices, warehouses and production suites.

The new jobs will be across “the full spectrum” of Norbrook’s operations according to James Gibbs, the recruitment manager, with those employed dealing with scientific analysis, production, research, engineering and finance. The Northern Irish pharmaceutical sector has been similarly boosted recently following the creation of jobs at Almac, also based there.

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Amgen and Astellas Announce Japanese Link

US biotechnology giant Amgen has entered a partnership with Astellas Pharma of Japan in order to provide for the medical needs of Japanese patients, reports

A new business model, combining both companies’ capabilities has been agreed. Amgen’s pipeline candidate drugs are to be joined with Astellas’ knowledge and presence in the Japanese market. Five of Amgen’s pipeline developments, for the treatment of diseases of a cardiovascular nature as well as cancer, are set to be further commercialised and progressed.

A joint venture company will also be established, with the name Amgen Astellas BioPharma, with the intention of enabling Amgen to quickly establish a significant presence in Japan. This is expected to be set up and running by 1st October 2013.

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Polymer Professionals Needed for Number of Jobs!

We are currently recruitng for a number of polymer professionals at world renowned progressive companies. All of these roles offer highly competitive salaries with excellent benefits.


These are some of the polymer jobs that we are recruiting for:

Materials Engineer – Composites, Bedfordshire

Polymer Chemist – Resins, Northamptonshire

Chemist – Polymer Coatings, Bedfordshire

Technical Service Chemist – Composites, Northants

Materials Scientist – Polymers, Northants

Materials Engineer – Composites, Hertfordshire


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Pharmaceutical company Almac creates 229 new jobs

As reported by BBC News. Northern Ireland based firm, Almac has announced plans to create 229 jobs. The expansion forms part of a £13.7m investment into two core areas of the business.

The two core areas include:

1. A new develpment facility for their pharmaceutical development service to be established

2. Expansion into export markets for their product production

The jobs, which are to be filled over the next three years, are based at their global head office at Craigavon and deliver £5.5m in annual salaries into the region.

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Senior Laboratory Technician – Cheshire

Victoria Walker is recruiting for a Senior Laboratory Technician to join a global petrochemical testing facility based in Cheshire, on a full time, permanent basis.


As a Senior Laboratory Technician, the main purpose of your role will be to analyse samples in accordance with appropriate analytical test procedures and within customer requirements (time and quality) and where appropriate record results on appropriate LIMS IT system, e.g. IRIS, CCLAS etc.

Further responsibilities of this Senior Laboratory Technician will include:

  • Performing SQC and Round Robin analysis ensuring any failures are recorded and investigated with appropriate action taken
  • To work as part of the Internal Technical Audits team to ensure quality standards are maintained.
  • Perform equipment calibration and maintenance and update records accordingly.
  • To Identify and perform training of Laboratory test methods to ensure lab capability and business commitments are uninterrupted.         

Qualifications and skills:

As a Senior Laboratory Technician, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A significant level of experience within an ISO17025 or Petroleum laboratory
  • Minimum or A Level (or equivalent) in Chemistry, with a strong preference for HND qualification in Chemistry
  • Knowledge of IP, ASTM, BS and other test methods performed in the laboratory
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literate, e.g. able to use MS office applications
  • Able to adopt a flexible approach to work and react effectively to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Desirable – Working knowledge of CCLAS LIMS / IRIS


As Senior Laboratory Technician you will be working with a global petrochemical testing facility AND will receive the following benefits:

  • Salary £17,000-£20,000.
  • 23 days annual leave to start, then increasing with service
  • Pension scheme
  • Company bonus
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Synthetic human blood gets go-ahead in Scotland

As reported on  Scottish scientists have moved one step closer to conducting clinical trials of synthetic human blood thanks to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA).BBC News story

Having been awarded a licence by the MHRA, researchers at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Edinburgh University and Roslin Cells are able to use stem cells to manufacture blood that could eventually be tested on people.

The licence means a manufacturing facility, which will be based at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM) can be set up to work on human cell therapy products with the aim of producing blood that will be fit for clinical trials.

The synthetic blood would be used to help help supply shortages and prevent infections being passed on through donations.

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GSK and Save the Children form alliance

GSK Media Centre has reported that GSK and Save the Children have formed a unique partnership with the aim to save the lives of a million of the poorest children in the world.

The intention is together they will be able to accelerate the availability of two children’s medicines and establish a joint R&D board to tackle causes of newborn and infant death.

Among the key initiatives are the transformation of an antiseptic used in mouthwash into a life-saving product for new borns and the release of a powder form of an antibiotic in child friendly doses to help fight pneumonia which is one of the main killers of children under five.

The partnership will initially run two flagship programs in Sub Saharan Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.


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Team Leader – Northern Ireland

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Team Leader to join an international pharmaceutical organisation based in Northern Ireland on a permanent basis



The post holder will perform analysis as required, supervise, delegate and review analytical activities of reporting staff and ensure that schedules are met and that the quality of work meets specified standards.

As a Team Leader you will:

  • Retain an up-to-date knowledge of analytical techniques and equipment
  • Assist with the identification of alternative test methods and/or equipment to improve efficiency and maximise throughput of testing in the laboratories
  • Ensure that tasks relating to quality standards and procedures such as GLP and cGMP are carried out in the specified manner
  • Ensure that Quality Management Documents (QIR, CAPA) are raised and closed out promptly
  • Ensure that all actions from internal and external audits are completed promptly
  • Investigate incidents of out of specification results and action appropriately



The successful Team Leader will have the following qualifications, skills and experiences

  • Degree in Chemistry or a Life Science subject with a significant chemistry component or equivalent
  • Commercial GMP laboratory experience
  • Previous experience within a supervisory role, to include line management responsibility
  • Demonstrable broad understanding of analytical chemistry
  • Proven practical analytical chemistry laboratory skills

If successful you will be joining one of the leading international pharmaceutical organisations.


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To apply for this Team Leader position contact Naynesh Mistry via email: or telephone: 0114 283 9956. Please quote reference SH26874 in all correspondence.


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BioCity to develop new BioHub at Alderley Park

AstraZeneca have appointed BioCity to establish a new centre for bioscience companies at their Alderley Park site in Cheshire. The new BioHub has 36,000 sq ft of high-end laboratory and office facilities for early-stage and growing firms engaged in innovative drug discovery and development. Demand for accommodation is expected to be competitive with tenant companies already having moved in.

Conversations between BioCity and AstraZeneca began in 2012 when they begun exploring opportunities to create a specialist centre for upcoming life science companies.

Dr Glenn Crocker, CEO of BioCity Nottingham Limited, has led the discussions with AstraZeneca: “We bring many years of experience in developing thriving communities of successful life science companies and look forward to working closely with the AstraZeneca management team. I believe we now have a unique opportunity to build connections between tenant companies based at Alderley Park, Nottingham and Scotland which could ultimately transform the way life science innovation is achieved.”

Speaking on behalf of AstraZeneca, Clive Morris, AstraZeneca Vice President, Research & Development said, “We are delighted to welcome three innovation-driven companies to Alderley Park. I am confident that with BioCity’s experience in this area we can continue to seek further opportunities to attract future investment and build on the existing world class facilities available at Alderley Park.”.

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Innovation Project Manager – Nottingham

Victoria Walker is recruiting for an Innovation Project Manager to join a materials technology company near Nottingham, on a full time, permanent basis.



As an Innovation Project Manager, the main purpose of your role will be to lead innovation projects that will develop and commercialise new technologies, in order to bring successful new products and services to market.

Further responsibilities of this Innovation Project Manager will include:

  • Working within a creative and commercially-focused environment
  • Develop and lead multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Utilising both internal and external resources
  • Delivering key strategic objectives of the business
  • Required to build relationships and work closely with other business departments, customers, suppliers, universities and research partners
  • Delivery of commercial goals as well as technical objectives



As an Innovation Project Manager, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • First degree (or equivalent) or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline
  • Possess a proven track record in project management
  • An ability to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Excellent presentation skills that reflect your personal drive and passion
  • Industrial or research experience
  • Capable of identifying and developing new business opportunities
  • Strong leadership skills will be required to deliver projects to plan, and to help define and prioritise future development opportunities
  • Specific interest and/or expertise in one or more of the following areas would be advantageous:
  • New product development
  • Healthcare technologies and medical device design
  • Environmental technologies, clean energy and alternative fuel vehicles
  • Project management
  • Composite materials
  • Flow control and pneumatic components



The benefits of this role are:

  • This role will be part of the expanding European Innovation Team
  • A competitive package with excellent career development prospects and opportunities to travel within a dynamic global organisation is on offer
  • Travel will be required, approximately every two months or so, mostly to Europe.
  • This role is mostly office based but there may be some lab work required.

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For more information or to apply for this Innovation Project Manager position please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email   Please quote reference SH26766 in all correspondence.



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Winner of Kelly Services 2012 Global Supplier Excellence Award

CK Associates are thrilled to announce they have been presented with the exclusive 2012 Supplier Excellence Award for Science by Kelly Services at the official ceremony held last night in London.

Jonathan Hart Smith, MD of CK Associates, said,

 “Having supported Kelly Services with scientific recruitment since 2007 we are honoured to have been recognised for our hard work and hope this sees the continuation of a great partnership.”

John W Healy, Vice President and Talent Supply Chain Strategist, Kelly Services said, “As Kelly continues to apply increasing levels of management science and supply chain disciplines to our approach for delivering optimal workforce solutions, we continue to emphasize the value and importance of having the best supply chain model and supplier community supporting it.  We are pleased to honour our global supplier community with these awards.”

Kelly’s judging criteria were based on how suppliers supported multiple, strategic workforce solution programmes managed by Kelly in 2012.  They were also evaluated on their performance in the following areas:

  • Program Scorecard Results
  • Compliance
  • Kelly Program Specific Survey Results
    • Service Delivery
    • Citizenship
    • Partnership
    • Innovation/Value Delivered
    • Program Recommendation
  • Supplier Awards and Recommendation Committee Approval


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Biodiesel developed using bacteria

As reported in UK researchers at the University of Essex have developed technology that enables that them to produce biodiesel from the E. coli bacteria. The technology is almost identical to conventional biofuel, is still in trial.   The E. coli bacteria naturally turn sugars into fat, to build their cell membranes and the synthetic fuel oil molecules can be created by harnessing this natural oil production process.

“Replacing conventional diesel with a carbon neutral biofuel in commercial volumes would be a tremendous step toward meeting our target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Global demand for energy is rising, and a fuel that is independent of both global oil price fluctuations and political instability is an increasingly attractive prospect,” says John Love, professor of biosciences at the University of Exeter.

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Analytical Chemist – Staffordshire

Hannah Milward at CK Science is recruiting for an Analytical Chemist to work with a Global manufacturer of liquid chemicals and their site in Staffordshire.



As Analytical Chemist the main purpose of your role will be to provide a quality control service to the business covering existing and new raw materials, finished products and environmental systems.

  • Further responsibilities of this Analytical Chemist position:
  • Analysing and controlling status of all raw materials, finished goods, wastes and returned materials and entering data into SAP and other IT systems.
  • Calibration of analytical equipment.
  • Issuing Certificates of Analysis.
  • Documenting non-conformities on supplier deliveries.
  • Maintaining sample retention system.
  • Ensuring appropriate quality records are kept and maintained.
  • Maintaining process laboratories including analytical equipment and supplies.
  • Assisting in training of process operators to ensure their competence in using analytical equipment and carrying out analytical testing.
  • A proactive approach to monitoring and reporting on product quality and playing an active role in resolving any quality issues arising.
  • To take a leading role in PDR meetings
  • Analysis of new raw material sources for existing products.
  • To support continuous improvement activities, root cause analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Prepare and pack samples for customer evaluation.



As Analytical Chemist, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Minimum A level chemistry with higher qualification (HNC, HND or NVQ equivalent) preferable.
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment within the chemical or related industry
  • Internal QHSE Auditor
  • IOSH Trained – NVQ Level 2


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Big Biotech companies proving more valuable

Pharmatimes reports today that big biotech companies are frequently demonstrating that they are better positioned to respond to the needs of the healthcare system than big pharmaceutical companies.

As healthcare shifts towards a new value-based focus biotech companies have been seen to outpace their pharmaceutical counterparts in terms of growth income, investment in R&D and market cap over the past three years, according to analysis undertake by life science financial services firm, Burrill & Co.

“As the industry migrates away from an era of the one-size-fits-all blockbuster, the biotechnology industry’s strength at developing innovative therapies that meet unmet medical needs and target the molecular mechanisms of diseases gives it an upper hand in creating value,” said the firm’s chief executive, G Steven Burrill.

Big Biotech experienced a 57% increase in market cap for the three years ended December 31, 2012, as the total value of the group climbed to $260.6 billion from $160.1 billion at the end of 2009, says the analysis. That compared to a 17.4% increase for Big Pharma during the same period as the market cap for the group climbed to a collective $1,257 billion from $1,070 billion.

“The big jump in the value of Big Biotech companies is not just a matter of investor speculation – these companies have had significant clinical and market successes that have driven their value higher,” Mr Burrill points out.

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Product Quality Manager (QP) – Northern Ireland

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Product Quality Manager (QP) to join a leading pharmaceutical company based in Northern Ireland on a permanent basis.


The Product Quality Manager (Qualified Person) will be responsible for QP certification and final batch release of both commercial products and Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs).

As a Product Quality Manager (QP) you will:

  • Ensure that each batch of commercial product manufactured has been checked for compliance with the Marketing Authorisation or Product licence
  • Support the Product Quality Team to ensure that the unique quality requirements of each product are managed
  • Attend teleconferences/meetings, initiating Qualified Person related discussions for new or ongoing business and offering advice on QP-related queries, as appropriate
  • Represent the Quality Department during customer audits, regulatory inspections and sales visits
  • Review and approve key quality system documentation, such as change requests, deviation reports, out of specification result investigations and customer complaint investigations
  • Ensure that processes are in place to assure highly effective and efficient batch record review in line with customer and Pharma Services expectations
  • Stay current with legislation, guidelines and other expectations of the pharmaceutical industry especially in relation to GMP, Quality Management and IMPs
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement within the department and wider business.


The successful Product Quality Manager (QP) will have the following qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • BSc or equivalent in science based discipline (Pharmaceutical, Chemistry) or equivalent,
  • QP status achieved under permanent provisions
  • Previous significant experience working within an established Quality System within a Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • Experience in a customer facing role.
  • Good knowledge of legal requirements, rules and guidance covering the manufacture of IMP’s in Europe and the rest of the world.
  • Experience of Solid Dose
  • Experience of supporting QP’s
  • Knowledge of other pharmaceutical dosage forms including sterile products.

How to apply:

To apply for this Product Quality Manager (QP) position contact Naynesh Mistry via email: or telephone: 0114 283 9956.  Please quote reference SH26621 in all correspondence.


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Engineers needed for Jobs in Switzerland

CK Science is currently recruiting for a number of Engineers for a Global Consumer Healthcare Organisation based in Switzerland. These role are on a 6 – 8 month contract bases

We are currently looking for candidates with a background and/or an interest in the following areas:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Validation Engineering
  • Process Engineering


For more information please contact Hannah Milward on 0114 2839956 or email

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