Quintiles to Create UK Jobs

Biopharmaceutical company Quintiles is looking to establish more UK sites, creating pharmaceutical and clinical jobs, reports pharmatimes.com.

The US company sees the UK as a good place for clinical trials and is hoping to open at least two more Prime Sites to go alongside the one at Queen Mary, University of London. Including two other current sites, Quintiles employs 2,000 people in the UK, a figure set to rise with the planned opening of the new Prime Sites.

Lindy Jones, Quintiles head of global integrated site services, says the UK is of “significant interested to us,” with fifty trials currently being run at the Queen Mary site. Jones believe that the UK “has opened up far more to clinical research” in the past eighteen months, meaning that Quintiles is considering opening “an additional two, maybe three Prime Sites in the UK.”

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Promising Scientists to Receive Grant

Cancer Research UK is making an investment into clinical research, reports cslrecruitment.com.

A £12 million grant is to be made to ten promising researchers who are expected to become prominent in the field of cancer. It is intended to assist with the researcher’s careers and possible breakthroughs they could make. Two leading university lecturers, four scientists and four junior research scientists will be the recipients of the grant.

Applicants are being taken, with the deadline at the end of July drawing closer. Dr David Scott, director of science funding at Cancer Research UK, believes the grants show his organisation “is serious about supporting new scientists at the start of their careers.”

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Bid Could Create Thousands of Jobs in Runcorn

A science park in Runcorn is bidding to win Enterprise status and create thousands of jobs, reports runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk.

If the Daresbury Science and Innovation Park is granted this status, then it could generate up to 10,000 skilled jobs and lead to £150 million investment. Holton Council leader Clr Rob Polhill has said the status would “take Daresbury to the next level.”

Around 100 companies have offices, workshops and laboratories on the site, and the massive investment would mean that even more specialist office, lab and technical spaces would be developed. The site opened in 2006 and is a world class centre for cutting edge sciences and high-tech businesses.

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Environmental Chemists on the Rise

Environmental chemists are much needed in most jobs, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, reports ibnlive.com.

All industries need environmental officers to assess the effect the business has on the environment, and find ways to reduce that impact. The job essentially involves knowing the effects of chemicals (or whatever the business deals with) on the environment. For example, how can a pharmaceutical firm safely and effectively dispose of waste products or leftover stock?

Industries are taking a much more proactive role in environmental issues, so that the role of chemists is becoming prominent. Pharmaceutical, chemical and waste disposal industries all obviously need environmental chemists, but recently even IT firms are beginning to employ people to monitor their environmental impact. A solid grounding in chemistry is of great importance, and it is often recommended that those looking into such a role go on environmental courses.

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Sheffield Waste Recycling Plant to Create Jobs

The Yorkshire Post has reported that 20 jobs will be created at a waste plastic recycling plant in Sheffield.

Kevin Parkin has successfully transformed the fortunes of several companies, and has decided to launch his own businesses. One of said businesses is R3 Products, which will treat mixed and unsorted plastics before selling it on as building products.

Mr Parkin has estimated that they “will employ 20 people within the first year of operation” before adding that the UK industry needs “to be in a position where we can compete with Chinese manufacturers.”

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Pfizer Separate Divisions to Allow Growth

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s decision to separate certain divisions could lead to a larger break up in order for further growth, including in employment, reports forbes.com.

The splitting of the animal health and baby formula businesses from the main company is the beginning of a process to unlock value within the company. Two other sectors will be kept in order to raise their value to $46 billion combined, though investors had hoped the company would split into five distinct divisions.

The two that have broken off were the obvious choices; the animal health business is worth nearly $4 billion so can stand on its own, and the nutrition side is the one that investors were most eager to see separate.

Though some investors may be disappointed that Pfizer hasn’t split all its divisions at once, it means that sectors that could not currently compete on their own have time to grow to the point where they can be world leaders in their own right, potentially creating a large number of jobs worldwide.

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TryggPharma Re-opens Teeside Pharma Plant

TryggPharma of Norway is set to re-open a former Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals site in Seal Sands, creating 25 new pharmaceutical jobs, reports peterleemail.com.

A £14 million deal has been agreed in which Lundbeck will sell their site, which they closed during the recession. TryggPharma’s vice president of engineering Peter Harper has said the company is “very impressed with the facility [as it has] easy to access from Norway, Europe and our customers around the world”.

The facility is expected to employ 25 people within 12 months and the company has said there is a “commitment to invest and expand into the future of Teeside”. The North East Process Industry Cluster chief executive Stan Higgins has said the re-opening of the site is “great news for Teeside and for the pharmaceutical sector in particular”.

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Sanofi and Dendreon Battle for UK Market

Sanofi, a leading pharmaceutical company, has launched new cancer drug Jevtana in the UK, reports inpharm.com.

EMA approval was granted after extensive phase III trials which indicated the drug extended the life of men suffering from a type of prostate cancer considerably. It also slowed the time it took the cancer to progress compared to standard chemotherapy drugs.

However, Sanofi will face competition from US firm Dendreon, as they seek to launch their drug Provenge into the European market. Ultimately, Provenge extends the patient’s life further and reduces the risk of death by nearly 25%, though it would cost £25,000 more to treat a single patient than Jevtana, so would struggle to be able to convince NICE that it is worth the extra cost.

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Anti-Aging Drug Discovered

research team has discovered a new pharmaceutical on Easter Island which could be used to reverse the effects of aging, the Telegraph reports.

A chemical discovered in the soil of the island has been used to create Rapamycin which, when tested on children suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), a disease which prematurely ages children, helped clear their cells of defects.

Researchers are already looking into the possibility of providing the drug to a wider market, after similarities between normal aging and HGPS were discovered. Dimitri Krainc, an author of the study into Rapamycin, believes a small dose of the drug can “extend the health and life span of our cells and organs”.

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Pfizer Retains Pharma Jobs in Kent

Drugs giant Pfizer has announced it will retain 350 jobs in a pharmaceutical sciences operation, whilst still going forward with the planned reduction of the research and development facility in Sandwich, Kent, the Independent reports.

Pfizer hopes the retention of a presence on the site will encourage investors and support the current development of products, despite the loss of around 2,000 jobs at the site. The company will also be working in tandem with Kent County Council in order to encourage other businesses and investors to settle on the site.

Pfizer has a long relationship with Sandwich stretching over 50 years, with a variety of medical discoveries being made there, including that of Viagra.

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CK Science are currently helping a number of excellent candidates looking for new positions in the Environmental Industry.

These candidates are based nationwide, please click on the links below to find out more about those based in your area:

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Recycling Cutbacks Could Lead to Lack of Jobs

LetsRecycle.com has reported that Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman’s June Waste Review could lead to a lack of investment and jobs in the UK waste industry due to the scrapping of specific recycling targets being set.

Attacks by shadow Environment Secretary Jamie Reed indicate that England’s target of 50% household waste recycling is too low compared to the rest of the UK, with Scotland and Wales aiming for 70% of waste being recycled by 2025, creating thousands of jobs in the waste industry. Mr Reed has asked whether Mrs Spelman will “publish an assessment of how many English jobs will not now be created… as a result of her decision”.

Mrs Spelman has said that the 50% recycling target meets EU regulations and will lead to a greater emphasis on the management of landfills. These would create waste industry jobs in areas where they are needed, according to the councils that need such schemes, rather than forcing them upon certain areas.

Mr Reed replied to these comments by stating that the government has abandoned recycling targets in England which would help to “rebalance the economy” and have therefore begun “deterring investment” in the waste industry.

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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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Is Motor Oil a Renewable Resource?

National Geographic News asked whether Motor oil could be a viable renewable source in their article Is motor oil a  renewable source – re finers say yes!

Currently tens of millions of barrels of lubricant pass through vehicle engines around the world each year, U.S. drivers alone produce about 1.3 billion gallons of dirty used motor oil annually. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 200 million gallons (757,082 liters) is dumped illegally each year. Some is “recycled,” but with dubious environmental benefit it typically ends up burned as a rather dirty industrial fuel source

However the National Geographic article tells us that there is another option which is to use  motor oil as a renewable resource. It is possible to re-refine used motor oil, restoring it to “good as new” quality. Then it can be resold over and over again at about the same price per quart as conventional motor oil.

In Europe, about 50 percent of motor oil is re-refined, thanks to regulations dating to 1975 that were revised in 2008, say analysts at Kline & Company, a market research firm based in Parsippany, New Jersey.  In North America, only about 10 to 15 percent of motor oil is re-refined. But that story is slowly changing as U.S. companies have begun to see a new market in “green” lubricant.

Kevin Ferrick of API says re-refined oil is gaining some traction in the marketplace. “We don’t track sales of re-refined oil but I will say that there are definitely more and more brands coming online that are claiming some percentage of re-refined oil,” he said. “It’s interesting that some of these have been around for quite a few years now and some marketers chose not to make that claim of re-refined content.”

Because U.S. regulations did not require marketers to label virgin-equivalent products as re-refined, marketers didn’t broadcast they were selling recycled product, fearing consumer reluctance to use “old” oil. But now, companies are recognizing a marketing advantage. “I’d say that because of increased environmental consciousness there seems to have been a change in attitude towards it,” Ferrick said.

Re-refined motor oil even has a presence on the NASCAR circuit through partnership with Safety-Kleen, the largest motor oil re-refiner in the United States. Safety-Kleen not only services race teams, but it collects motor oil for re-refining at NASCAR racetracks and team shops—some 185,000 gallons (700,300 liters) in 2010 alone.

Apparently it takes only about one-third of the amount of energy to recover re-refined base stock as it does to produce the same amount of base stock from crude oil, Using less energy means producing fewer carbon emissions. And the same oil can be re-refined over and over again said John Wesley CEO of Wichita, Kansas-based Universal Lubricants, producer of ECO ULTRA re-refined oils.

Kevin Ferrick of API said “If you’re concerned about the environment then by all means use re-refined oils,These oils are just fine for vehicles, as long as they are certified, and reusing something over and over again is always a good thing to do rather than wasting a valuable source”

Motor oil re-refining’s savings do add up over time, and the world’s total annual output of used motor oil is anything but trivial. That’s why, for many, a “closed-loop” system that puts the same oil back to work over and over again is a strong option.

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Patient feedback drives medical device changes

As reported by The Cambridge Network, the leading technology design and development company, Cambridge Consultants have today released findings of a study which set out to investigate the impact of medical device usability on user acceptance.

The study concluded that pharmaceutical companies could boost their market share by shifting their emphasis to improve the user experience. Further findings of the study included:

  • – Patients will may for ease-of-use – 77% of respondents stated that they would be willing to pay a premium for more user-friendly devices.
  • – Patients now have more choice than ever – 75% of patients reported that their doctor gave them a choice of which medical device to chose – 28% took their doctors recommendation – 21% stated that they did their own research when choosing a new device
  • – Lifestyle factors was the biggest reason for switching devices.
  • – Doctors and healthcare providers surveyed noted that better devices resulted in better patient compliance

 

Speaking of the findings, Melanie Turieo, Human Factors Team Leader at Cambridge Consultants stated, “The findings challenge traditional medical device industry conceptions about compliance and the patient experience. The industry has been good at maximizing drug efficacy but patient experience factors have not really been a primary focus. Only now are we seeing the patient experience take centre stage.

Drug makers need to realize that if you consider the patient’s broader needs throughout the development process—from conception, to design, development and commercialization—you are likely to have a more successful and effective product, resulting in improved compliance and therefore improved patient outcomes.”

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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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Institute of Cancer Research Scientists win Royal Society of Chemistry Award

As reported by Medical News Today, scientists at the Institute Cancer Research (ICR)  have received  an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the discovery and clinical development of abiraterone, a prostate cancer treatment.

The development of this prostate cancer drug is of particular significance as it is one of only a hand full of drugs which have been found to extend the lives of men suffering with late-stage prostate cancer.

Abiraterone has recently received approval in the US for men suffering with metastatic prostate cancer whom were no longer responding to chemotherapy. European approval is also pending.

The RSC is the largest European organisation that focuses on advancing chemical sciences. Their President, David Phillips  stated the award was given  “in recognition of their exemplary teamwork and scientific innovation that took abiraterone from idea to successful multi-centre Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of prostate cancer.”

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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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