Quintiles Named Best CRO In Vaccine Excellence Awards 2012

Pharmiweb reported that Quintiles has been named best Clinical Research Organization (CRO) in the Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards 2012.

The awards recognize and celebrate the leaders, innovators and pioneers in the vaccines industry.  The awards were  presented at the World Vaccine Congress in Washington, D.C.

Customers voted for their preferred CRO prior to the World Vaccine Congress and a judging panel then made its selection based on a set criteria.

Dr. Ellen Vigdorth, VP Allergy, Respiratory, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines. “This is a great honor to be recognized as the Best CRO at the World Vaccine Congress…It is a huge achievement and underscores our commitment to the development of quality vaccines and anti-infective products.”

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£50million investment fund created to bridge cancer drug development gap

Pharmatimes have reported that a £50 million pound fund has been created by Cancer Research Technology (which is Cancer Research’s commercial section) and the European Investment Fund. This funding is to bridge the gap in the UK between cancer drug discovery and early development.

CRT and the EIF will make equal contributions to the CRT Pioneer Fund, which has launched with a first contribution of £25 million. This may be doubled by the founders to reach the total £50 million, they note.

The aim is to address the so-called “valley of death” funding crisis facing early-stage drug development, which is caused by investors not investing in high-risk projects like drug research in the wake of the financial crisis.

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK said ”This vital investment will nurture world-class innovation in drug development to bring potential new treatments to patients as quickly as possible”

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EU Corporate Affairs Associate Director Job – South East, UK

  • £65k+ car allowance
  • Permanent position

Jim Gleeson at CK Clinical is looking for an EU Corporate Affairs Associate to join a global pharmaceutical development organisation based in the South East, UK.


The role:

As EU Corporate Affairs Associate Director, you will develop and deliver high impact, integrated communications plans to promote employee understanding and, in turn, drive business performance, organisational effectiveness and employee engagement across the EU business.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and coordinate integrated internal and external communications strategies to support EU and strategic business initiatives
  • Provide strategic internal and external communications counsel to a range of business leaders across the EU
  • Ensure that business and functional communications are relevant, consistent, credible and timely
  • Manage third party vendors such as agencies, designers, printers and freelancers and the associated budgets to ensure strategic and cost-effective use of services


The ideal candidate:

The successful applicant for the EU Corporate Affairs Associate Director will have a BSc in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing. An MSc is preferred. In addition, you will have the following experience:

  • Proven experience of corporate internal communications
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of a global audience
  • Line management experience
  • Ability to coordinate communications professionals, vendors and agencies
  • Experience of the development and execution of results driven communications strategies that are aligned with business goals and objectives.


How to apply:

For more information, or to apply for this position, please contact Jim Gleeson on 01438 743 047 or email jgleeson@ckclinical.co.uk.

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Interim Medical Director: Candidate of the Week

Interim Medic / Medical Director -South East, UK

CK Clinical is currently working with an experienced and talented GMC registered Medic seeking work on an interim or contract basis.

This candidate has recently completed a role as Medial Director where he was responsible for a range of Therapy areas across the European region. He has experience as an Clinical Research Physician and Pharmacovigialnce medic but has particularly strong expertise within Medical Affairs.

He currently has availability for 3 to 5 days a week and is able to start work immediately. If you have an immediate need for an enthusiastic medic with EU and Global expertise, please get in touch with me at jhartsmith@ckmedics.com.

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Health Economist- Health Outcomes Consultancy (Full or Part Time)


Health Economist- Health Outcomes Consultancy (Full or Part Time)

– Salary range £45-55K plus bonus and generous pension

– 27 days holiday plus additional loyalty days

– Full or part time considered

– Central London location


Xcelerate Health Outcomes is a dynamic and fast growing unit of NHS Innovations London offering health economic consultancy to the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry as well as NHS trusts. The unit helps clients to conduct economic evaluations in medicines and healthcare interventions by providing expertise, advice and unique access to patient data. We are now seeking to expand the unit by recruiting an experienced Health Economist:

The main purpose of the role is to provide health economics expertise to define, plan, research, model, evaluate, analyse and conduct Health Outcome studies for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and where required to help in the economic evaluation of new innovations and changes in healthcare interventions and pathways in NHS Trusts.



  • To design and conduct Health Outcomes projects for Pharmaceutical  and Medical Device companies based on client requirements
  • Apply Health Economic methods including quality of life and cost effective analyses and develop economic models to support Health Outcomes Studies
  • Develop statistical analysis plans and undertake statistical analysis of patient data to generate the study output.
  • Specifically and when required, develop protocols, undertake literature reviews, develop CRF’s for data capture and generate material for scientific reports and publication



  • Support the business development, consultants and management in capability presentations, company meetings and conferences
  • Input Health Economics expertise into project proposals and presentations
  • Evaluate from a health economic perspective, innovations and healthcare interventions generated  from the Hospital Trusts
  • Work with NHSIL Partnership Liaison Managers to establish relationships with key NHS management to help identify and obtain patient data sources to carry out projects
  • Project management of studies to ensure timelines and milestones are met
  • Attending external client meetings, conferences and specialist Health economic events when required to promote and build the Health Outcome Unit’s reputation

The Company is sited at refurbished, air conditioned offices in central London. To apply please visit the web-site at www.nhsinnovationslondon.com and e-mail an application form together with a detailed CV.

We are committed to appointing on merit, seeking candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and taking full account of equal opportunities.

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Takeda and Pfizer Join Forces in China to Promote Diabetes Drug


Takeda, Japan’s largest drug maker, has signed up Pfizer as a partner to assist them in promoting their diabetes drug, Actos in China. Pfizer is the largest multinational pharmaceutical company in China and it is hoped the move will increase the amount of medical representatives supporting the sales and marketing of Actos in China. There is expected to be high demand for Actos as according to the International Diabetes Federation, it is estimated that there will be more than fifty million diabetics in China by 2025.

Actos is Takeda’s best-known drug and is a prescription medication which is taken to help improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes. The drug has been sold in China since 2004.

China is currently the fifth largest pharmaceutical market in the world and is expected to grow to be the third-largest market by 2011.

This deal highlights Pfizer’s strategy of expanding its operations in the country and comes less than a month after it announced plans to establish a new R&D operations in central and western China as its biomedical infrastructure strengthens throughout the country.

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Recruitment Professional – Healthcare, based in Hertfordshire, Derbyshire or County Durham

CK Healthcare is the new name in healthcare recruitment, specialising in the recruitment of locum Allied Health Professionals and Health Service Scientists to the NHS.

Due to continued growth, we are now looking for a suitably qualified and experienced Recruitment Professional to join CK Healthcare to help us lead and develop our fledgling business throughout the UK. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in growing the business from the roots, thus providing plenty of scope for both personal and professional development. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and successful company where you will be given the opportunity to develop the CK Healthcare business and really make your mark.

To be considered, you must have previous experience within recruitment at Consultant or Manager Level and have worked within the locum market in Health Science Services, Allied Healthcare or a related area.

We believe our staff are our greatest asset and have a track record of training, retention and development which is second to none. We offer very good working conditions, an excellent remuneration package based on uncapped rewards for success, and a professional and supportive working culture to help you achieve the best results.

So, if you have experience of recruiting Biomedical Scientists, Pharmacists or any related discipline and have the drive and ambition to make CK Healthcare the best name in healthcare recruitment, please contact Lorna Crombie on 0191 3222093 or email lcrombie@ckscience.co.uk. Alternatively, to apply click here.

Operating since 1991, the CK Group is a collection of specialist recruitment companies operating throughout the UK and Europe. We help recruit well-informed, qualified and motivated candidates for permanent and contract positions across the UK and Europe. Here at the CK Group we are trusted and respected by our clients, who appreciate our professionalism, integrity and commitment to finding the right person for the job. Please visit our website: http://ckhealthcare.com/

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Working and Contracting in Basel, Switzerland

CK Clinical recruit for Pharmaceutical jobs throughout Europe and Switzerland. As our network of opportunities continues to grow, we aim to give you some practical advice and reviews from our visits to the places that you may like to work. This month we focus on Basel, Switzerland

Focus on Basel

Basel is home to some of the worlds biggest pharmaceutical companies with the likes of Roche and Novartis taking up massive swathes of land in the City itself. Following our recent visit to the city, we found out more about what life is like living and working in Basel.

Taking a short taxi ride from our hotel to visit one of our clients, it is evident that the pharmaceutical industry plays a big part in the local economy and community in Basel. Our driver was able to list at least a dozen local pharmaceutical companies and was friends with at least twice as many people that worked for them.

Walking down the street in Basel to the busy city centre involves taking some serious risks as you dodge the trams, buses, cyclists taxis and cars. But as you walk down the street you can appreciate why Switzerland is not only known for its contribution to drug development but also for its banking heritage. On every street corner you will find a bank or exclusive jewellery store. Its clear to see that Basel is an affluent city.

If you are considering working in Basel as a contractor, there are a number of things you should be prepared for. Firstly, like most Swiss cities it can be expensive. The people we spoke with though explained that as a contractor or permanent employee within the pharmaceutical industry, your earnings more than make up for this.

Basel is a beautiful place and like most Swiss cities it is very clean and remarkably safe with very low crime rates.

Getting around

Public Transport in Basel is very regular, it runs on time and is clean and reasonably priced. Taxis are also in ready supply and if you cant find one from the many stopping points you can call one to arrive within minutes. For more information about getting around in Basel and a list of Taxi numbers, please visit our downloads page.


Finding somewhere to live in Basel is relatively straight forward. Although without the prevalance of letting agents you will find that your agreements are often directly with your landlord. If you are a pharmaceutical contractor in Basel looking for a flat, your landlord will often want proof that you have a contract for the duration of your stay. So its a good idea to take advantage of our support services they will help you get settled in the area in short term accommodation whilst you get settled and decide where you want to be based.

At the time of writing, a studio or one bedroom apartment will typically set you back between 1100 – 1800 CHF a month.


You will find that most Swiss people speak fluent English and on a day to day basis in the workplace English is commonplace. German and French are also widely spoken and in the time we spent in Basel, we found that it was not uncommon for somebody to hold one conversation using all three languages throughout the discussion. If you speak some German or French or would like to improve your language skills, working in Basel will give you a supportive environment to do so.

For Contractors relocating to Switzerland, if at any point you do need help understanding French or German, our support service partners in Basel will help you. If you need help translating documents and contracts, they can also put you in touch with a reputable translator.

Earnings and Rates

Basel, like many Swiss cities, can be very expensive. But Salaries and contract rates will more often than not more than make up for this. Tax in Switzerland can be rather complicated and to the untrained eye can appear to be pretty random. It is influenced by factors such as where you live, if you claim child care support, are married etc. But is still often less than you find you would pay in a comparable role in the UK.

Our partners in Switzerland however try to make the interpretation of your earnigns and take home pay as straight forward as possible. If you require an illustration of what your earnings will be before and after tax they will take the time to go through an earnings illustration with you to give you an idea of your Net income so that you can decide if the move to Basel is a financially good one for you.

Basel is very close to France. So close in fact that you can walk out of one exit from the airport in Basel and be in France and out of an other exit and be in Switzerland. Because of the close proximity to France, some people take advantage of the higher earnings potential of working in the pharmaceutical industry in Basel and the lower cost of living in France. Saint-Louis, Village-Neuf and Hegenheim are all popular places for people to live in France and commute to Basel.


Like most cities, Basel has its fair share of bars and restaurants. So your social life can be very lively. The Swiss are also very active and are keen skiers and within a matter of hours during the ski season, you can be on the slopes. For families there are Zoos, museums, water parks and sporting activities of all sorts. A brochure of activities can be found in our downloads section.


For EU Citizens, getting a visa to work in Basel is relatively straightforward and our partners in Switzerland will arrange all of this for you for free. The process can be a little more complicated but not impossible if you do have a criminal record.

For Non-EU citizens, getting a visa to work in Switzerland can still be a relatively straightforward process but it can often take longer and you are unlikely to see much change from 500 CHF.

Getting to Basel from the UK

Getting to Basel from the UK takes you from most London airports to a small but very organised Basel Airport. There are regular flights that can be got relatively cheaply (try the money saving expert flight checker).

Upon your arrival, if you plan to take a Taxi you will need to have some Swiss Francs. There is a Cash point just before the Exit and a taxi to the city centre will cost you between 40 – 50 CHE.

Hospitals and healthcare

Being an affluent place with such a strong emphasis on the development of medicines, Basel has its fair share of Hospitals and medical centres. A list of these with telephone numbers can be found in our downloads section.


Basel has a very temperate climate with one person I spoke to describing it as “Just like England but a bit warmer in the summer and will proper snow in the ski resorts in winter.”

We went to Basel in late September and had bright sun with temperatures in the region of 23 – 25 C. Although I was told that it had rained for a full week before our arrival.


CK Clinical will give you all of the support that you need to find your job in Basel. We have made arrangements with a local company to give you support from the moment that you land in Switzerland. If you need it, we can arrange for you to be met from your plane and will find you a suitable place to stay for the first month or so. This also gives you the chance to get to know the area and choose where you would like to live before committing a long term lease. We can also arrange for support on anything through from how to get your dog through customs to reviewing a rental agreement. We can also arrange for you to speak to somebody about what life is really like working and living in Basel before you commit to the contract.

Get in Touch

If you would like to know more about working in Basel, please contact Jonathan or Sarah at CK Clinical on +44 (0)1438743047 or send a copy of your CV to jhartsmith@ckclinical.co.uk.

You can also find out more about life in Switzerland at the my switzerland website.

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