Sanofi and Nichi-iko Confirm Joint Venture

Sanofi and Nichi-iko Joint VentureAs reported by FiercePharma, the global pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Aventis has confirmed their alliance with Japanese pharmaceutical company Nicho-iko. The joint venture signals the company’s interest in capturing part of the Japanese generics market.

Sanofi is set to own 51 per cent of the joint venture and as part of the deal, they will buy a 4.66 per cent stake in Nichi-iko for $48 million.

The first step in this joint venture will see Nichi-iko taking over the marketing and distribution of Sanofi’s sleep drug Amoban.

The Japanese generic drug market has seen much interest from Western Pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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HR in Pharma Networking Event Preview 2: Guest Speaker – Mike Taylor

We are very pleased to welcome Mike Taylor as a guest speaker at the HR in Pharma Networking Event. Mike is the founder of Web-based Recruitment, and is an expert in the use of social media.

In the second of a 2 two-part series, Catherine Gutsell interviews Mike to find out a little more about what he plans to cover in his presentation on Friday 25th June.

The HR in Pharma Networking Event is the first event of its kind and the aim is to provide a useful insight into some current issues affecting you and your peers as well as giving you an opportunity to network with other HR professionals.

Interested in attending? Please contact Catherine Gutsell at cgutsell@ckclinical.co.uk to reserve your place now.

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BBC Launches Britains Best Laboratories Series

The BBC will be broadcasting five programmes looking into Britain’s leading laboratories. In the first episode, Professor Iain Stewart takes a trip to the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in Sutton, Surrey.
This laboratory developed from the Royal Marsden Hospital and is one of the main centres for the investigation of the genetic causes and possible treatments for cancer. A huge amount of effort has been centred around indentifying the genetic drivers for the disease and then finding a way to turn these off. The work has been spurred on by the completion of the Human Genome Project and by the information technology which has allowed researchs to sift through genetic data at an unprecendented speed.
In the first of five episodes, Professor Stewart gains insighty into new drugs which are being developed and about ho we will think differently about the nature of cancer in years to come.
The programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 31st May 2010 and will be available at the following link until 7th June 2010: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00shrc2/Britains_Labs_The_Institute_for_Cancer_Research/
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Price control for UK pharma organisations

As reported by Reuters, The UK is currently one of the only markets in the world in which pharmaceutical companies are free to set prices for their drugs – but this could soon be a thing of the past.

At the moment, the UK Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) regulates profits, not prices on sales to the NHS, whilst the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) assesses if drugs are cost effective.

However, this is set to change with the introduction of the ‘Programme for Government’ document indicating that the coalition would ‘reform NICE and move to a system of value-based pricing’. This would lead to changes in the way that drug prices are determined.

In her speech, Queen Elizabeth stated, “We will ensure everyone, including cancer patients, have better access to drugs and innovative treatments on the NHS. We will do this by reforming the way drug companies are paid for NHS medicines.”

The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry has stated that it will be keeping an open mind ahead of talks with the government.

“Valued-based pricing is one way of doing it,” said spokesman Richard Ley. “We are not opposed to the principle. It is a question of how it is achieved to get it right.”

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CK Clinical Hosts FREE HR Pharma Networking Event

HR in Pharma Networking EventCK Clinical is hosting a completely free HR in Pharma Networking Event. The event will be taking place on the morning of Friday 25th June 2010 at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

The HR in Pharma Networking Event is the first of its kind and aims to provide a useful insight into some current issues affecting HR Professionals working in the Pharmaceutical Industry. The event will also give HR Professionals a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 9:30am: Arrival and registration followed by a networking opportunity and of course tea and coffee!
  • 10:00am: A presentation by the REC – Quality standards and code of conduct that HR/Recruiters should expect from their recruitment partners followed by Q&A.
  • 10:50am: Tea and coffee break.
  • 11:00am: A presentation by Mike Taylor, an expert in using social media in recruitment. He will be speaking about how you can add value to your recruitment process using social media tools.
  • 12:00pm – Lunch and networking.
  • 1:00pm – Close.

So far confirmed to attend, we have HR Professionals from some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Ipsen, Napp, Daiichi Sankyo, Merck Serono, Roche and Quintles and many more.

Places are limited for this unique event, so if this is something you or your colleagues would be interested in please contact Catherine Gutsell at cgutsell@ckclinical.co.uk to reserve your place.

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Bayer Healthcare to Create Pharmaceutical Jobs

The pharmaceutical division of Bayer Healthcare is planning to establish an Innovation Centre in San Francisco which will in turn create pharmaceutical jobs.

The new Innovation Centre is being created by Bayer in a bid to expand it’s global research network and introduces a newly formed ‘Science Hub’ which will see collaborations with academic research scientists and smaller biotech firms.

The new development will create approximately 65 new pharmaceutical jobs. The new pharmaceutical jobs will be housed at 455 Mission Bay -This is in fact the building which pharmaceutical giant Pfizer left vacant last July.

The new Innovation Centre will be run by Terry Hermiston, the Vice President of Biologics Research at Bayer.  Speaking of the new centre he stated, “We wanted to be where the cutting-edge research was being done and there was space available.”

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Astellas to Buy OSI Pharmaceuticals

Astellas Pharma, Pharmaceutical Jobs, Pharmaceutical Recruitment, UKAs reported in the Wall Street Journal, Astellas Pharma, one of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world, has announced that it will be buying OSI Pharmaceuticals for $4 billion.

With key drugs with patents due to expire, Astellas began a two month battle for the U.S pharmaceutical company who are well known for their cancer drug, Tarceva. The deal represents the first major acquisition by Astellas after the company was created from a merger of Yamanouchi and Fujisawa in 2005.

In 2008, Takeda Pharmaceutical, the research-based pharmaceutical company, bought Millennium Pharmaceuticals for $8.9billion. Eisai acquired cancer maker MGI Pharma for $3.9 billion. Whilst in 2009, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma took over Sepracor for $2.6 billion.

Pharmaceutical companies have been the biggest buyers of Japanese firms in recent year. This has been accelerated due to their strong financial position and falling share prices.

Alan Kitcin, Head of law firm Clifford Chance’s in Japan stated, “Japanese companies are cash-rich, the yen is strong and they take a long-term view. I don’t think they’ll ever pull out of a deal because the price is a bit high,” he added.

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Pfizer to Cut Pharmaceutical Jobs in New York City

The largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Pfizer, has taken the decision to cut or relocate 1,400 of pharmaceutical jobs in New York City. This decision comes seven years after the pharma company received millions of dollars in tax breaks to create pharmaceutical jobs in the city.

The move is set to help the pharmaceutical companies aim of reducing its digital footprint worldwide. The pharma company has been based in New York City since 1849.

Pharmaceutical Jobs, Pharmaceutical Recruitment, UKA spokesman from Pfizer, Chris Loder has announced that the pharma company has decided to sell its New York premises and move its pharmaceutical staff elsewhere. However, he did say, “Pfizer is committed to maintaining a significant presence in New York City as we have for the past 150 years.”

The pharmaceutical jobs will be moved to Madison, N.J., Peapack, N.J., or Collegeville, Pa., while others would be consolidated into existing company properties in Manhattan. Loder said New York City will continue to be headquarters for Pfizer’s primary care, oncology, emerging markets and established products business units.

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Are You an HR Professional in Pharmaceuticals?

HR in Pharma Networking GroupAre you an HR Professional working in the UK Pharmaceutical Industry?

Join the ‘HR in Pharma Networking Group’ on Linkedin!

This HR in Pharma Networking group is intended to provide a platform for members to both discuss current issues with one another and to network with other HR professionals within the pharmaceutical industry.

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CK Clinical Launch Partnership with RPO Provider

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CK Clinical, the leading specialist pharmaceutical recruitment consultancy, have announced a global partnership with a leading US Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider, Patriot Staffing & Services, enabling CK Clinical to build on its core business by offering vendor management services in addition to our core high-quality recruitment services.

Speaking of the global partnership, Jonathan Hart-Smith, Managing Director of CK Clinical, stated, “We are really excited about this opportunity as it gives us  a platform to offer more comprehensive pharmaceutical recruitment services to our UK clients, by enabling  access to a whole new market. This means we can offer an all-inclusive suite of services to our clients in the fastest changing landscape recruitment has ever seen.

By partnering with an Patriot Staffing & Services, this really does put CK Clinical at the forefront of innovation and offering a comprehensive pharmaceutical vendor management and recruitment services.

Patriot Staffing & Services are a perfect partner for us because of their vendor management experience with the US-based pharmaceutical market This expertise, combined with CK Clinical’s knowledge of the UK market and our proven expertise in managing volume recruitment within the pharmaceutical market will enable the partnership to provide services faster and with benefit of a tested, mature vendor management offering . The strength of each firm creates an excellent synergy and fits so well with our business ethos of transparency that we think it’s a perfect match. ” said Jonathan Hart-Smith.

Thomas Loffredo, Principal of Patriot Staffing & Services, shares Jonathan’s enthusiasm for the partnership. “This is a really natural partnership for us. CK Clinical have been doing some great things in the Pharmaceutical recruitment market in the UK. We were especially impressed at CK Clinical expertise as part of a 2009 implementation in the UK market.  Clients recognised the benefit of better resources at a lower price point.

The focus of the partnership will be to deploy strategies for recruiting and managing talent while saving clients time and money.   Having a successful track record in the US is not enough. We sought out and located CK Clinical to provide the necessary regional support to translate the services into a successful model for the UK.  “It’s a really exciting time for both firms.”

If you would like to know more about Patriot Staffing and Services or CK Clinical and how we can help you, please get in touch with Jonathan Hart-Smith on +44 (0)1438 743047 (jhartsmith@ckclinical.co.uk) or Thomas Loffredo at tloffredo@patstaffing.com.  Alternatively you can visit our website at save time and money in recruitment.

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