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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GSK and EPSRC announce extra joint funding in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham

As reported by the GSK Media Centre GSK and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced that they will contribute to the funding for a Chair in Sustainable Chemistry to be based at the planned GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

It is hoped that this new investment in sustainable chemistry will help to further strengthen the UK as a leader in life-sciences while contributing to environmental stewardship.

The Chair will be responsible for developing and sharing best practice in green chemistry and catalysing new collaborations with other institutions and industry partners.

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: “We recognise that the success of the Sustainable Chemistry centre being established at the University of Nottingham will rely on the experts running it. That is why we are delighted to collaborate with EPSRC to jointly contribute to the funding of this new Chair. We hope this support will enable the University of Nottingham to attract a world class leader, helping to forge stronger links between industry and academia and encourage more young people into science.”

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Operations Manager – Scotland and Northern Ireland

Barney Smith at CK Science is looking to recruit an Operations Manager to join a chemical manufacturer with plants in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Responsibilities:

As an operations manager the successful candidate will manage and coordinate the activities of the two facilities in Scotland and Northern Ireland to optimise performance in manufacturing and despatch.

The role will be very much hands on and will involve:

  • Overseeing all quality standards
  • Manufacturing procedures and staffing across both sites
  • Develop a buying function
  • Project manage implementation of capital expenditure programmes including equipment and computer systems,
  • Developing business
  • Maintain existing relationships. 

Qualifications and skills:

The ideal candidate for this Operations Manager role must be qualified in a science or process engineering related degree or possess equivalent commercial experience and have a proven track record in operations management within the chemical industry.

How to apply:Barney Smith - Manager at CK Science

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For more information or to apply for this Operations Manager role please contact Barney Smith on 0191 384 8905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.  Please quote reference DH24430 in all correspondence.

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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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Senior Chemist (Coatings, Paints) – Greater London

Andrew Bolton at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Senior Chemist to join an international chemical manufacturer to be based at their site in Greater London on a full time, permanent basis.

Responsibilities: 

As a Senior Chemist, you will be joining a growing team specialising in the development of coatings & paints for use in industrial applications. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Project management of formulation & development studies surrounding new & existing coating technologies.
  • Carrying out blue sky concept generation.
  • Performing application & analytical testing using physical & chemical techniques.
  • Working closely with manufacturing teams during scale up of products.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this Senior Chemist role will have the following qualifications, skills & experience:

  • A qualification in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a related discipline (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience surrounding the development of coatings, paints, emulsions or relevant chemical products (e.g. inks, polymers, fine chemicals).
  • Specific experience of UV Coatings would be advantageous, but it is not essential.

Benefits:

As a Senior Chemist, you will be joining an industry leading Chemical Manufacturer at an exciting time of growth within the company. In return they offer a salary of £26,000 – £30,000, coupled with excellent benefits.

Andrew Bolton - Senior Consultant at CK Science

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply to the role of Senior Chemist, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST24381 in all correspondence.

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Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Norwich receive a slice of £250m Bioscience Boost

As reported by Business Weekly, five bioscience centres in Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Norwich will receive a large slice of the government’s £250m investment into the bioscience industry, as announcement by David Willetts, the Universities and Science Minister.

The £250m has been allocated by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and is the first of a five year strategic investment programme.

The research establishments who will receive the bioscience cash injection include:

It is hoped that the £250m investment into our already outstanding UK biosciences industry, will help keep the United Kingdom at the forefront of the global bioscience industry.  The investment will also help ensure that the UK can meet the challenges of feeding the growing global population in a sustainable way, as well as finding alternatives to fossil fuels and supporting the ageing population. Not forgetting the support the investment will provide to highly skilled bioscience jobs.

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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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Worlds first tidal turbine proves a success in Scottish waters

ITV News reported that a tidal turbine being tested for use in the world’s first tidal turbine array in Islay on the West coast of Scotland has proved a success.

The subsea turbine is weighed down on the seabed 50 metres below the surface of a stretch of water called the Fall of Warness. It has some of the strongest tides in the world with an Atlantic swell colliding with the North Sea. Tides in the area can reach up to 8 knots in Spring tides.

Scottish Power Renewables fitted their turbine at the end of last year and it has already been hooked up to the grid and is powering the Orkney Island of Eday.  Scottish Power Renewables plans to start development on the ten turbines they plan to install in the Sound of Islay.

That project will be the first of its kind in the world and will provide enough energy to supply Islay’s 3500 homes and distilleries.

SPR chief executive Keith Anderson said “Scotland has the best tidal power resources in Europe, and that’s why we are seeing world leading technologies tested here.”

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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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The Cambridge cluster of bioscience companies is Europe’s most successful

The BBC reported that the group of  technology and bioscience based companies in and around Cambridge is one of Europe’s most successful and best know clusters.

Since 1960, about 5,000 hi-tech companies have been founded in the area, of which 1,400 remain in business, employing about 40,000 people.

Increasingly big companies are even staying in Cambridge after acquisition by overseas companies such as Broadcom, HP, Medimmune and Takeda, while others, like Amgen, Microsoft and Toshiba, have chosen to locate and maintain research labs and development teams there to be close to these people.

A new book “The Cambridge Phenomenon” is published this week, that  tracks and seeks to explain the area’s success. This book is written by By Charles Cotton and Kate Kirk

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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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NIH works with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly

NIH collaborate with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Eli LillyFierce Biotech reported that The National Institutes of Health today unveiled a collaborative program that will match researchers with a selection of pharmaceutical industry compounds to help scientists explore new treatments for patients.

NIH’s new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has partnered initially with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly. The drug companies will offer up their data and investigators will have a chance to explore new uses, with a set of deal templates in place to help speed the process on 20 programs.

The investigators will have access to failed drugs to see if they can be repurposed for new uses.

Rod MacKenzie, group senior vice president, head of Pfizer PharmaTherapeutics Research and Development said “Pfizer has a rich history of partnering with the academic and public sectors to discover and develop innovative medicines…We believe that participating in this unique program, and making well researched molecules available to NIH’s broad network of researchers, is another important step in advancing a vibrant biomedical ecosystem.”

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Lilly open £5.4m research base in Surrey, UK

As reported by The Pharma Times, the global pharmaceutical company, Lilly are to open a new £5.4m research base at their Erl Wood Research and Development centre in Surrey.

Lilly open £5.4m research base in Surrey, UK130 clinical development scientists will be based at the new Surrey-based research centre and will be working across disciplines such as:

  • Data sciences
  • Statistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmnacodynamics

The research conducted at the R&D centre will focus on neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, depression and schizophrenia, as well as oncology, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

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GSK give a £12 million grant to the University of Nottingham

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Nottingham are to collaborate together to establish a new laboratory to accommodate the Centre of Excellence for sustainable chemistry and to construct an innovative carbon neutral sustainable chemistry laboratory.

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry will be based on the University’s Jubilee Campus and its construction is being supported by a £12m grant from GSK

The focus on sustainability will be reflected in the building itself, which will incorporate the latest technologies to allow it to be carbon-neutral over its lifetime

Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GSK said: “The carbon neutral laboratory will help affirm the UK as a global hub for the future of the life-sciences industry

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Norfolk Science Park expansion – create 5,000 Jobs

The BBC News reported that Norfolk Research Park has unveiled an expansion plan that could create 5,000 jobs.

Norwich Research Park currently specialises in biotechnology and biological research and encompasses the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia among others. Therefore they are looking to expand to the north and south of its current site in the west of the city.

The proposals could create 5,000 jobs in the next 10 to 15 years and make the already world-renowned science park a magnet for established, start-up and spin-off research companies.

The park’s project manager, Nick Goodwin, said the growth would enable it to “stand on the world stage”. The planning application for the work is due to be submitted in June.

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Our Latest Science Jobs in the UK – 30/04/12

Here is a list of our latest science jobs in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more and be the first to apply!

North East

Synthetic Organic Chemist – North East England

QA Microbiologist

QC Analyst

Quality Engineer

North West

Technical Assessor- Office Based, SWales/Cheshire

Temporary Analyst – N.West

Business Development Manager

East Midlands

UKAS Technical Manager-Metrology, Balance & Weigh

Scotland

Analytical Chemist

QC Analysts – Central Belt of Scotland

South of the UK

DMPK Scientist – Hertfordshire

Laboratory Analyst – Herts

Gxp Auditor – Hertfordshire

Analytical Scientist – Suffolk

London

Documentation Administrator – London

Specification Technologist – London

Head of Synthetic & Analytical Chemistry

Head Of Bioconjugation & Bioanalysis

Northern Ireland

Head of Production

Global VP Operational Services

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Laboratory Technician – Central Belt of Scotland

Heather Deagle at CK Science is currently recruiting for a Laboratory Technician to join a large company at one of their sites in the Central Belt of Scotland.

The Job:

This Laboratory Technician job is an excellent opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge as well as gain experience in the laboratory environment.  This is a temporary role initially for 9-10 months and you will be responsible for conducting routine and non-routine sampling and testing such as XRF to BS standards.  The successful individual would have to work shifts and, if required, change shifts in order to provide cover.

Qualifications and skills:

The successful candidate for this Laboratory Technician role will have a good standard of written and numerical literacy with a minimum of 2 A Levels (including Chemistry) or similar. It would be desirable to have proven experience in sampling, physical testing, chemical analysis, calibration of laboratory equipment and general housekeeping of a laboratory. 

How to apply:

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For more information or to apply for this Laboratory Technician role, please contact Heather Deagle on 0191384 8905 or email hdeagle@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference DH24127 in all correspondence.

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Steelmaking returns to the North creating 1700 jobs

The Engineer has reported that steelmaking is returning to the North East after a two year absence. Thai company Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) have reopened Redcar Steelworks.

The blast furnace at Redcar’s former Corus plant commercial property was relit in a ceremony that brought cheers from the assembled workers. The area has been associated with steelmaking for over a century and a half, but it seemed it was the end of an era when the plant The opening was made possible by the acquisition of the Redcar industrial property by Thai company Sahaviriya Steel Industries, who will now run the plant under the name of SSI UK.

This has created 1,700 jobs, including those for many workers who had previously worked at the commercial property. It is expected that this will rise in order to meet the target of producing 3.6 million tonnes of steel for export to South East Asia by the end of the year.

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Offshore Group Newcastle to create 1000 jobs as it enters wind farm market

BBC news reported that Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) is to create up to 1,000 new jobs after receiving a Government grant to build foundations for offshore wind farms.

DECC’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme will give OGN £640,250 to build the foundation structures for large wind turbine generators in waters over 30 metres (100ft) deep. The steel jacketed foundation, Triton, will be designed and developed by its subsidiary Aquind, at OGN’s new purpose-built facility at its Hadrian Yard in Wallsend.

OGN chief executive David Edwards said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this grant. Government support is especially vital in the early stages of project development……The offshore wind energy market is crucial to Britain’s future energy needs and we will do our utmost to ensure that this grant takes the UK into an even stronger role as the lead player in this sector.”

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