CK Clinical Exhibit at the DIA 22nd EuroMeeting

DIA 22nd Annual Meeting 2010This year, the DIA (Drug Information Association) chose Monaco and its state-of-the-art Grimaldi Forum to hold it’s 22nd Annual EuroMeeting, and CK Clinical had the pleasure of attending.

The DIA Annual EuroMeeting is the largest event of its kind in Europe.  From the 8-10th March 2010, 3,000 professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, contract service organisations, academic research centres, regulatory agencies, health ministries, patient organisations and trade associations, descended on Monaco.

CK Clinical’s first visit to the DIA Conference was a resounding success. Pharmaceutical jobs were brought in across all sectors, and the conference definitely acted as a brilliant springboard kick off our campaign to enter the European market.

We also ran a prize draw to win an Apple iPod Touch, the winner being a Departmental Manager from Novo Nordisk in Denmark. Thank you to everybody that entered.

056The Grimaldi Forum was an impressive waterfront venue, filled with daylight and a stunning glass entrance. A perfect venue to network with clients. Monaco was incredible with Ferrari’s, Mercedes Benz and Bentleys everywhere you looked. The hotel even had its own helipad!

We are very much looking forward to attending and exhibiting at next year’s DIA Conference in Geneva.

 

 

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AstraZeneca to cut 1,200 UK jobs

As reported on the Times Online, the Pharmaceutical Industry giant, AstraZeneca plans to cut 1,200 UK Pharmaceutical jobs. The job cuts are a result of the company’s suspension of their research into various disease areas.

The company plans to close its research and development facility based in Leicestershire, along with another small plant in Cambridge.  Pharmaceutical development work at the Avlon facility near Bristol will also cease. Some of the workers will move to the company’s Alderly Park in Cheshire which is AstraZeneca’s largest research and development plant.

This will come as disappointing news to the Government, who created the Office of Life Sciences last year in a bid to increased the number of science and pharmaceutical jobs. The head of the Office of Life Sciences, Lord Drayson, said “I’m obviously disappointed that AstraZeneca is closing Charnwood, but the announcement that Alderley Park will become one of AstraZeneca’s top three global R&D sites shows that the UK remains an attractive location for investment in pharmaceuticals.”

Earlier in the year, AstraZeneca announced that they planned to cut 8,000 jobs around the world by 2014, including 3,500 in research and development, as part of a large-scale refocusing of the business.

Have you been effected by redundancy? Search for pharmaceutical jobs in your area now.

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CK Clinical to exhibit at the DIA 22nd in Monaco

DIACK Clinical, the leading specialist pharmaceutical industry recruitment agency, is proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at the DIA 22nd Annual EuroMeeting in Monaco on 8-10 March 2010.

If you would like to come along and meet us or enter our competition to win an iPod, our booth number is 212.

If you would like to schedule a private meeting with us at the DIA to discuss your recruitment plans and see how CK Clinical can help, please do contact us on 01438 743 047 or email jhartsmith@ckclinical.co.uk.

Thank you and we hope to see you in Monaco.

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GSK to announce over 3,000 job cuts

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Pharmaceutical industry giant, is expected to announce this week that it will be reducing its investment in certain disease areas and will cut more than 3,000 pharmaceutical jobs.

Andrew Witty, the companies CEO of 18 months has planned to switch the focus of this British-based company towards the growing emerging markets, including China. The move follows a number of drugs losing their patent protection in western countries and US and European governments cutting back on medicine spending. This will lead to cuts to the workforce in Europe and the US, whilst continuing to expand in Asia. GSK employs more than 20,000 staff in the UK at sites in Ware, Temple Hill in Dartford, Maidenhead and Worthing.

The announcement follows last weeks news that AstraZeneca will be cutting 8,000 staff.

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CK speaker at the Social Media in Recruitment Conference

social-media-networkTaking place on Thursday 22nd April 2010, the Social Media Recruitment Conference is the second largest of its kind in the UK. CK Clinical, a leading specialist clinical recruitment company, has been recognized by the conference organizers to be a pioneer in the use of social media, and has been invited to speak at the Conference.

Here at CK Clinical, we recognize that there are not enough hours in the day for our specialist clinical Consultants to drive our social media strategy themselves. Therefore, one of the first steps taken was to recruit a Marketing Graduate, Catherine Gutsell, to further develop and promote our online brand and digital communications strategy. The main activities Catherine has engaged in are:

  • Search engine optimization.
  • Using social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to both educate and inform clinical clients and candidates, not just to sell.
  • Using YouTube video job advertisements as a way to connect with candidates in a more human and personalised way.
  • Running regular surveys to gather information about the Clinical and Pharmaceutical industry and communicating findings back through relevant publications and social media.
  • Using online communities such as Ning.com and external blogs to candidates with industry updates and careers advice.

So far, our efforts appear to be working. We have seen a 33% increase in organic hits to our clinical recruitment website. Not only this, but the deployment of our social media strategy has also added value to the experience we provide to both candidates and clients. In terms of our candidates, our use of social media enriches their job seeking experience as it allows us to build long-term sustainable relationships, enabling us to completely understand their needs. From a client’s perspective, by using social media to really get to grips with what the clinical jobseeker is about, we are able to create a great match between candidate and job. This means we do not waste our clients’ time putting inappropriate candidates in front of them.

The aim of the Social Media Recruitment Conference is to help Corporate Recruiters, Recruitment Agencies, Recruitment Advertising Agencies, Job Boards and Recruitment Industry Suppliers get the most from the use of social media. The organizer, Mike Taylor, from Online Recruitment Marketing Specialists, stated, “There were over 150 people at the first Conference which was a clear indication in the interest in Social Media. Next year’s conference will be held some nine months after the first one which means that there will be plenty of new things to talk about and discuss.”

Here at CK Clinical, we are looking forward to sharing our story at the Social Media Recruitment Conference. Speaking of the conference, Catherine stated, “We are honored to be speaking at the Social Media Recruitment Conference and it’s brilliant that our efforts have been noticed by such a prestigious event within the Recruitment Industry. We are really looking forward to sharing our story.”

The conference will take place on Thursday 22nd April 2010 at the British Library Conference Centre in London. If you would like to register to attend Social Media Recruitment Conference, please visit their website.

CK Clinical are a leading clinical recruitment company handling jobs in clinical research and drug development. Our clients include some of the top Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies from around the world.

Here at CK Clinical, we pride ourselves on our honest and supportive approach. Our team of specialist clinical recruiters and career consultants are here to help you achieve your career ambitions. We can actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with your interview preparation and provide you with up to date information about the industry.

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CK Clinical to Speak at Recruiter Annual Forum 2010

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CK Clinical, a leading pharmaceutical recruitment agency handling jobs in clinical research and drug development, has been invited to join the panel of speakers at the Recruiter Annual Forum 2010 which will be taking place on 23rd March 2010 in Central London.

The Recruiters Annual Forum attracts a senior level audience of recruitment professionals from all industry sectors including those who specialise in recruitment for the pharmaceutical industry.

As an active user of social media to attract and support jobseekers in the pharmaceutical industry, CK Clinical will be speaking about the ways we have built, differentiated and managed our brand on the internet. Further topics will include:

  • Our move away from traditional methods towards a more transparent, web-based recruitment.
  • The social media sites at which should recruitment agencies invest their time: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Xing and Ning.
  • How does CK Clinical achieve brand differentiation online?
  • Managing user generated content and protecting our brand’s reputation.
  • How will companies be using social media in 12 months time?

To keep up to date with all the key issues that will be addressed at the Recruiter Annual Conference you can join their Linkedin Group here.

 

About CK Clinical

Here at CK Clinical, we pride ourselves on our honest and supportive approach. Our team of specialist recruiters and career consultants are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the clinical and pharmaceutical industry. We can actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with your interview preparation and provide you with up to date information about the industry. 

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Teva Donate Medicines to Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the largest generic pharmaceutical company in the world, have announced that it will be donating over $7 million in medicine to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti. By working with their non-Governmental partners, Teva are able to ensure the medicines will reach Haiti without delay. Speaking of the relief effort, Shlomo Yanai, Teva’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“As a company, Teva was devastated to hear about the earthquake and our hearts and thoughts go out to the country of Haiti. As a company, Teva was devastated to hear about the earthquake and our hearts and thoughts go out to the country of Haiti,” said Shlomo Yanai, Teva’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Working with our partners, we are providing essential medical products to assist in the relief efforts.”

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Good news for pharmaceutical contractors

As reported by the BBC, the number of people unemployed in the UK has fallen for the first time in 18 months, ending the continuous rise in unemployment which started in the Summer of 2008.The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in December also seen a dramatic fall, dropping 15,200 to 1.6m.

Experts suggest that the fall in unemployment could be down to more people choosing to study or take on part-time or contract work. The CIPD’s John Philpott indicated that the number of people in full-time work actually fell by 113,000 over the period, while the number of people taking part-time work rose by 99,000.

Here at CK Clinical we have most definitely seen an increase in contract work within the pharmaceutical and clinical industries; in fact the number of contractors on our books has increased by 14% from January 2009 to January 2010.

Interested in contracting for some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world? Search for contract work now.

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Pharmaceutical companies send aid to Haiti victims

Pharmaceutical companies across the world are gearing up to provide relief to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.  

Novartis: Novartis is providing the equivalent of over  $2.5 million in immediate emergency aid for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. They are providing support in the form of financial aid as well as donations such as essential medicines. Not only this, but Novartis employees the world over are encouraged to make cash contributions to the support effort. Their contributions are to be matched by the company. Speaking of the Earthquake, Dr. Daniel Vasella, CEO of Novartis stated,

“It was with dismay that we learned about the destructive force of the earthquake in Haiti, which has brought such immense suffering to that nation and its people,I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all the people affected and also to assure them of our support. Our experience of providing support in the wake of natural disasters has proven successful, ensuring that we can get aid to the people in need fast and efficiently.”


Abbott:
Abbott are set to provide an additional $2.5million in the form funding and donations of pharmaceutical products to humanitatian aid organisations. The company initially provided aid through Direct Relief International and are now looking to work with relief partners even further to ensure the efficient response to ongoing needs for longer-term recovery efforts.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): GSK have provided medicines valued at $1.4million to the relief effort. These medicines were mainly oral and topical antibiotics, including Bactroban, Zovirax, Augmentin, Ceftin, Zinacef and Zantac.

The company have also committed approximately $408,000 (£250,000) to the British Red Cross to help meet the water and sanitation needs of those affected by the disaster.

 Amgen: The biotechnology company, Amgen, has announced that it will be donating $2million to the Haiti relief effort. The company are also planning to match all staff contributions.

Merck: Merck has announced that it will be making an initial contribution of $350,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief, U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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CK Expand Their Clinical Recruitment Expertise

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Due to their continued success, CK Clinical, the leading Pharmaceutical and Clinical recruitment consultancy, are continuing to expand their team through the recruitment of a Senior Consultant, Jim Gleeson.

Jim brings over eleven years of pharmaceutical recruitment experience, placing particular emphasis on clinical and late stage pre-clinical positions with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, CROs and health charities. He has enjoyed a high level of success in recruiting at a range of levels, from CRAs through to Director level positions.

Prior to recruitment Jim spent ten years in laboratory analysis and pharmaceutical manufacturing so is well placed to understand the requirements of both clients and candidates. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire. To contact Jim you can either send email to jgleeson@ckclinical.co.uk or you can telephone +44 (0)1438 870027.

Speaking of Jim’s arrival to the company, Jonathan Hart-Smith,  Managing Director of CK Clinical, stated, “Having joined CK Clinical in December 2009, Jim has already established himself to be a great asset to our team and we are very much looking forward to him contributing to the continued growth and success of our company.”

About CK Clinical

CK Clinical are a leading clinical recruitment company handling jobs in clinical research and drug developments. Clients include some of the top Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies from around the world. Here at CK Clinical, we pride ourselves on our honest and supportive approach. Our team of specialist recruiters and career consultants are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the clinical and pharmaceutical industry. We can actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with your interview preparation and provide you with up to date information about the industry.

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