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Tuesday 26th November 2019
The pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium 2019
Royal Society of Chemistry, London


JPAG presents the third pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate students and early career stage scientists, including those in industry. This will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work and network with peers, academics and industrial scientists through oral and poster presentations. There will be a £1,000 first prize and £250 second prize for the best oral presentations as well as £200 first prize and two runner-up prizes of £100 for the best posters. Registration is free for all students, early career stage scientists and their supervisors/managers, but we highly encourage students and early career stage scientists delegates to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation to this exciting annual JPAG event.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has now passed

In addition, there will be "meet the editor" sessions for advice on getting your research published, Networking and Careers Fair with the opportunity to meet with big industry pharma and other key contacts and take advantage of the great networking opportunities. This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Perhaps your future employer will be here.

Keynote speaker: Professor Abdul Basit, UCL School of Pharmacy.
Professor Abdul Basit holds the position of Professor of Pharmaceutics at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London. Abdul read Pharmacy at the University of Bath and graduated in 1993 with a first class honours degree. Following a pre-registration position with Pfizer, he undertook post-graduate studies in Pharmaceutics at the School of Pharmacy, University of London and was awarded his PhD in 1999. He was the recipient of the Young Investigator Award in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and is the only non-North American scientist to receive this award. He is also the recipient of the AstraZeneca Science prize and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) Innovative Science award. Abdul is an international authority in the field of oral drug delivery and absorption. He leads a large and multi-disciplinary research group of 12 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. He has published over 350 papers, book chapters and abstracts, and delivered more than 250 invited research presentations. To date, Abdul has been awarded over 80 research grants totalling over £20 million as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. Abdul is also a serial entrepreneur and has invented and commercialised two pharmaceutical products and founded three pharmaceutical companies (Kuecept, Intract Pharma, FabRx). He is the European Editor of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics, and serves as a consultant to many pharmaceutical companies and is on the advisory boards of scientific journals, healthcare organisations and charitable bodies.

We need to look beyond our gut instincts to use information on "simple" intestinal physiological parameters as they have been presented to us in the past. Here we present a discussion on such parameters, old and new, and ask how much we really understand them. Behaviour of drugs and delivery systems in the intestine depends on many physiological factors including fluid volume, fluid composition, transit, motility, bacteria and pH, which are further influenced by food, gender and age. These are often considered well understood, but their true variability and idiosyncrasies are not fully appreciated or utilised in intestinal dosage form design. There are still many unknowns in these areas. The distal gut especially has been neglected, and the influence of disease is often ignored. This discussion on intestinal physiology is utilised to address those areas which require further research and understanding, and new technologies are highlighted. Better understanding of the fundamental information available can open new avenues for research and pave the way for the design and development of new oral drug products.

Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry
There will be a presentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry's Careers Specialists Dr Robert Bowles and Sarah Salter on 'Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry'. They will also conduct a 'CV Surgery' for RSC members; these are one-to-one discussions for members to find out how to present a good CV. So be sure to bring your CV along! There will also be opportunity for RSC members to talk to Dr Jonelle Harvey, a professional standards specialist from the RSC, about the advantages of gaining Chartered Chemist status and how to do it.

Dr Robert Bowles, Royal Society of Chemistry
After an early career in marine biotechnology, Robert moved out of the lab, gaining five years’ experience in sales and marketing of educational software to schools. He joined the Royal Society of Chemistry twelve years ago, and managed a programme of their successful education and careers projects.
As a qualified careers adviser he currently works in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Career Management team; offering careers advice to their membership and the wider chemistry community.

Sarah Salter, Royal Society of Chemistry
Sarah is the Careers Executive with the Royal Society of Chemistry. She supports the Career Specialists across a range of projects and services, reviewing CVs and writing careers information for members. Before joining the Career Management team in 2017, Sarah worked at Cambridge Judge Business School coordinating and supporting one-year MBA students in their career development across a wide range of industries. Before changing careers, Sarah worked in the publishing industry for 10 years at Cambridge University Press and the Royal Society of Chemistry in a number of editorial, project management and sales roles. She has a BAHons English from Anglia Ruskin University, enjoys travelling and helping individuals in their career development.

Dr Alice Barker, Royal Society of Chemistry
Alice gained a PhD in chemistry in 2017 studying Metal-Organic Frameworks at high pressure using X-Ray crystallography. Her career at the Royal Society of Chemistry includes managing the professional awards Registered Science Technician and Registered Scientist as the Vocational Registration Specialist. She has experience of supporting early career chemists and technical staff with their professional development and pathway towards chartership. Over the last 18 months, Alice has been working as the Accreditation Development Specialist responsible for the programme of international accreditation of chemistry degree courses for meeting the knowledge requirements for Chartered Chemist.

Professor Michael Heinrich, UCL School of Pharmacy
Professor Michael Heinrich Professor of Ethnopharmacology and Pharmacognosy and leads the area of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, London. The group's research is based on a transdisciplinary perspective integrating approaches from the natural and social sciences with an overall aim of tackling the fast changing global health needs focusing on the use of plant derived products as ‘medicinal plants’, ‘health foods’ or nutraceuticals, botanicals and the like. It integrates methodological approaches from ethnopharmacology, medicinal plant research, pharmacy practice, and anthropology. His teaching covers undergraduate and postgraduate aspects of medicinal plant and natural product research with a strong focus on applied aspects especially as they relate to everyday practice in community pharmacy and to patients' use of herbal medical products. This is centered around the molecular pharmacology of natural products and plant extracts and also incorporates global health perspectives, most notably the use of herbal medicines in migrant groups and the impact of functional foods and local medicines on population health. He has vast experience in the editorial workings of journals and is Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology as well as editorial roles in two other journals

“Meet the Editor – a Q & A Session
This is your opportunity to find out how best to get your work published. Prof Michael Heinrich, who is an editor himself and on several editorial boards, will answer your questions on how best to present your work and convince an editor that it is worthy of publication. There will be two sessions, but there is a limit of 19 delegates for each session. So book early.”

The day’s event will finish with a free wine reception and further networking opportunities.

This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Perhaps your future employer will be here.

Registration will open at 8:30am for a 9am start, and the day will end with a Careers and Networking wine reception starting at 6pm.

Prof Abdul Basit - University College London
Prof Michael Heinrich - University College London
Dr Alice Barker - Royal Society of Chemistry
Dr Robert Bowles - Royal Society of Chemistry
Sarah Salter - Royal Society of Chemistry


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This is an opportunity to win a prize for your research work and meet your future employer all at the one event. It is a real chance to give your career a big lift to a new level.

Following the success in past years of the pharmaceutical analysis symposia for postgraduate/undergraduate students and early career stage scientists, JPAG announces the 2019 event. This will take place on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly, in central London.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work - either as an oral or poster presentation - and to network with peers, academics and industrial scientists. This is the time to showcase your work to a friendly, sympathetic audience. Presentations that have been given at another conference within the last 12 months are eligible. Free registration is available for all.

The event will finish with a complimentary wine reception.

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award *, with a bursary of up to £1,000, will be awarded for the best oral presentation, and there will a cash prize of £ 250 for the runner-up. There will also be a cash prize of £200 for the best poster presentation and two cash prizes of £100 each for the runners-up.

* The winner of the Geoffrey Phillips Award is presented with a bursary of up to £ 1000 to enable the recipient to attend a relevant major analytical scientific conference in the twelve months following the presentation of the Award. The bursary is to cover the conference registration fee, travel expenses, accommodation and meals. Full terms and conditions may be found here.

Early career stage scientists with less than 10 years postgraduate experience are eligible for all the prizes.

Abstracts for oral or poster presentation should relate to the analysis of drugs in all forms. This is interpreted very widely and includes:
• method development
• the novel use of techniques
• pharmaceuticals
• material science
• forensics and enforcement
• process chemistry
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation and development
• any other related drug topic

The closing date for submission of abstracts has been extended to Tuesday 1 October.

» More details, including how to submit an abstract, are found by clicking 'Abstracts' on the blue tabs above.

Networking and Careers Fair
There will be several opportunities to meet one-to-one with representatives of the major pharmaceutical companies and other organisations to discuss your possible career with them, as well as networking opportunities during the coffee and lunch breaks.

It is not necessary to submit an abstract to attend the Careers Fair.

There will be a presentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Careers Specialists on 'Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry'. They will also conduct a 'CV Surgery' for RSC members; these are one-to-one discussions for members to find out how to present a good CV. So be sure to bring your CV along!

This could be the event to provide a step-change to your professional career. Perhaps your future employer will be here.

Registration and concessions
Complimentary registration is available for all delegates.
» To register, click on the REGISTER NOW button below.

Student travel bursaries are also available and details can be found below:
» Information on travel bursaries can be downloaded here.

Past symposia
What did delegates say about their experience of past symposia?
• The symposium provided an opportunity to learn more about pharma and current developments.
• The careers fair was excellent and informative.
• The opportunities to speak to careers advisors were very useful.
• The company representative gave tailored advice and asked for a CV.

Companies and organisations attending these events were:
Almac, AstraZeneca, Envigo, GlaxoSmithKline, MHRA, Mylan and Pfizer

Over one hundred delegates attended the Second pharmaceutical analysis research awards and careers symposium at the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, on Tuesday 20 November. There were 30 postgraduates presenting their research and a further 40 attending the event. Academic institutes represented included , King’s College London, UCL, and the universities of Aberdeen, Bath, Bournemouth, Central Lancashire, Copenhagen, Greenwich, Hertford, Kingston, Leeds, Newcastle, Queens Belfast, Sunderland, Surrey and Wolverhampton. Presenting authors were supported by academic supervisors

The event opened with presentations on careers advice “Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry” given by Julie Franklin and Sarah Salter from the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Keynote lecture on “Drug to patient and industrial manufacture. The Pharmaceutical Scientist; there never has been a better time to join the industry” was given by Professor Gino Martini, Chief Scientist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Eight submitted abstracts had been selected from those submitted to be given as podium presentations by early-career scientists to showcase their research work. For some it was the first opportunity to present orally, to a friendly and sympathetic audience. A further 18 authors presented their findings as posters for viewing by their peers, academics and industrial scientists. All were adjudged to be excellent quality.

The Careers fair, supported by staff from the pharmaceutical industry and the regulatory agency, provided an opportunity for young scientists to seek advice about career opportunities. Ten organisations supported the Careers fair to offer advice and information about careers in their organisations. The feedback was very positive, both from the young scientists and the career advisors.

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award 2018 was presented to Mr James Gooch, Kings College, London, by Paul Graham, Chairman of JPAG for his presentation on “Biosensors for the detection of biological evidence”. James received a certificate and a bursary of up to £1,000 to support his attendance at a conference of his choice.

The highly commended podium award of £250 was made to Mr Maximilian Karl, Technical University of Denmark, for his presentation on "Micromechanical thermal analysis for solid state characterisation of pharmaceutical formulations".

The winner of the best poster award of £200 was Mr Zachary Enlo-Scott, Kings College London, for his presentation on "Understanding respiratory trans-epithelial bioavailability and comparative toxicology for human exposure assessments".

Commended poster awards, each of £100 were made to Mr Oliver Ingham, University of Central Lancashire, for a presentation on "Preparation, stability testing and in-vitro antiproliferative determination of ester and amide analogues of Temozolomide" and to Miss Alice Culkin, Queens University Belfast, for a presentation on "Mechanochemical synthesis of a molten complex containing metronidazole and maleic acid for improved drug release".

On Tuesday 28th November 2017, ninety delegates gathered at the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, for the Inaugural Pharmaceutical analysis postgraduate research awards & careers symposium. Over half of the delegates were students representing 13 different academic institutes from all corners of the UK: Bath, Greenwich (London), Hertfordshire, Imperial (London), Kings (London), Kingston (London), Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Nottingham, Queens Belfast, UCL (London) and Wolverhampton. Also in attendance were academic staff from most of these universities and in addition staff from Oxford university were present.
Delegates were treated to two Keynote lectures, from Professor Trevor Jones CBE, whose topic was “Pharmaceutical innovation; change is NOT a choice” and Professor Melissa Hanna-Brown, Pfizer Global R&D who spoke on “Driving future acceleration in the molecule to medicine journey”.
The symposium provided the opportunity for early-career scientist to showcase their work, and to network with peers, academics and industrial scientists. Eight young scientists presented their work in podium presentations to a sympathetic audience, and there were 20 poster presentations for delegates to view. By general consensus these presentations were all of high quality.
In addition, the Careers fair, attended by personnel from the pharmaceutical industry and the regulatory agency, were available to provide advice to young scientist about career opportunities. In total 7 organisations: Almac, AstraZeneca, Envigo, GlaxoSmithKline, MHRA, Mylan global respiratory group and Pfizer provided staff to support this event and the general feedback was very complimentary. Students also thought that the careers fair provided unique opportunities for one-to-one discussion with potential employers and experienced individuals from the pharmaceutical i8ndustry and regulatory agency.
Prizes were awarded for the best oral presentations and for the best poster presentations at the symposium.
Professor Hanna-Brown presented Matthew C Hulme, Manchester Metropolitan University a certificate and a prize of £500 for the best podium presentation “Separation and identification of polyfluorinated regioisomers using 60 MHz benchtop NMR techniques”.
The Commended podium award of £200 was made to Daniel Baker, University of Hertfordshire, for his presentation on “SPME: ex vivo drug distribution in tissues and organs”.
The winner of the best poster award of £200 was James Gooch, Kings College London, for his presentation on ”Fluorogenic substrates for the detection of biological fluids and fingerprints”. Commended poster awards, each of £100, were made to Ms Rhamiya Mahedran, University of Hertfordshire, for a presentation on “Screening the biological activity of stilbene sulphonamide analogues” and to Miss Emmanouela Kampouraki, Newcastle University, for a presentation on “CYP4F2 genotype affects circulating plasma vitamin K concentration in children on chronic warfarin therapy”.


The deadline for submission of abstracts has now passed.

Abstracts submitted for oral or poster presentation should relate to the use of analytical measurements in the characterisation or quality control of active substances and drug products. These include:
• method development
• the novel use of techniques
• pharmaceuticals
• material science
• forensics and enforcement
• process chemistry
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation and development
• any other related drug topic

1. Abstracts should include the following: Abstract title, Authors and affiliations (with the presenting author underlined), Objectives or Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions and References. The abstract, including references, should not exceed one page of 12-point text.
2. Abstracts must communicate a clear scientific message and contain quantitative or qualitative data. Abstracts which promote any product or service will not be accepted.
3. All necessary approvals must have been obtained, including those from industrial sponsors, where appropriate, prior to submission. Any research communicated that required ethical approval must state that approval has been obtained from the relevant local ethics committee.
4. To submit an abstract, click on the SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT button below and complete the details. This will generate an e-mail. Attach the abstract to the e-mail as a Word document attachment and send the e-mail. The abstract will be acknowledged upon receipt and will be reviewed for acceptance.
5. By submitting the abstract the author agrees that the abstract will be made available at the event, and also on the JPAG website.
The corresponding author will be notified of the outcome soon after the submission closing date.

» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.

Oral presentations
Presenters will be allowed 15 minute for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

Poster presentations
Posters should be prepared for presentation for display on a poster board 1800 mm high x 900 mm wide (portrait format) and preferably in A0 size. Posters must be clear and self-explanatory. Lettering must be readable at 2 metres (suggested minimum height of characters 8 mm, minimum line width 0.7 mm). Posters should be put up using Velcro (supplied) by 10.30 h on the day of the symposium and taken down by 17.00h. The presenter should be available at the poster board during the lunch and refreshment breaks.

» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.

Careers Fair and Networking
As well as the presentation and awards, the event will host a Careers Fair and give all delegates, postgraduate and undergraduate, the opportunity to meet with big industry pharma and other key contacts. This could be the event to give your career a lift to the next level and meet your future employer.

So, even if you do not have any work to present on this occasion, there will be great networking opportunities.

Delegates at the event will be given the opportunity to meet one-to-one with representatives from a number of companies to discuss potential career opportunities and to discuss your CV, so make sure you bring plenty of copies along!
There will also be a presentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Careers Specialists on 'Job hunting in the pharmaceutical industry'. They will also conduct a 'CV Surgery' for RSC members which are one-to-one discussions for members to find out how to present a good CV. Additionally, there will be an RSC specialist on hand to give advice on becoming an CChem Chartered Chemist.

Register for this event today.
» To register, click on the REGISTER NOW button below.

The Careers symposium, running alongside the Research Awards, is a great venue for representatives of your company to meet early career scientists who are looking for advice on how to progress their careers. You will have the opportunity to meet postgraduate students who are carrying out innovative research, of whom are planning their future careers and may be interested in your company.

If you are looking to appoint the best researchers for your company in the near future, this event could provide an excellent opportunity to meet some of the brightest early career scientists and learn about their research work. There will be opportunities for discussions in an informal environment, and to provide advice about career development in the pharmaceutical industry.

JPAG would like to invite your company to attend this symposium and gain the opportunity to meet with some of our brightest students, potentially high quality employees, and offer advice about career development. You will be able to send up to four delegates (subject to availability) who will be able to advise students on career opportunities.

The event is open to all students, some of whom will be presenting their research work and competing for awards. Delegates, postgraduate and undergraduate, will be able to meet informally with leading pharmaceutical and analytical equipment companies to discuss career opportunities in industry and receive advice on career progression.

Gaining access to potentially high quality recruits is important, so we hope that you will choose to attend.

If so then please register now:

Alternatively if you would prefer to discuss the event further then please send your enquiry by email to events@jpag.org

Also, if you have early-career scientists in your organisation who you think might qualify for entry for the award then please encourage them to submit an abstract.


Q. When will the event start and end?
A. Arrival and registration is at 08.30 and the Careers Advice kicks off the event at 09.00. Posters can be viewed from 09.30 and the symposium starts at 11.00 with a Keynote address.
The symposium ends at 17.30 with the announcement of prize winners followed by a wine reception and further opportunities to network.
The meeting closes at 18:00

Q. How will the Careers Forum work?
A. There will be a number of 'stations' staffed by careers advisors

Q. What is the timetable? Does it take place at the same time as the presentations at the symposium?
A. The Careers session will take place between the plenary and oral sessions, so you will not have to miss these sessions to attend

Q. How long do I have with each person?
A. We expect you to have 10 minutes with each careers advisor

Q. Do I need to bring copies of my CV?
A. We recommend that you do so

Q. What is expected of me before I am interviewed?
A. Prepare a few questions for the careers advisor in advance; be prepared to give a short statement of your particular skills

Q. How many and which organisations will be present?
A. These details will appear in advance on the JPAG website. Last year we had the following companies: Almac, AstraZeneca, Envigo, GlaxoSmithKline, MHRA, Mylan and Pfizer

Q. How many career interviews can I have?
A. Depending on demand, you should have the opportunity to meet up to five Careers Advisors

Q. Are there any relevant web sites of the organisation concerned that I can look at before I come?
A. Please watch for details on the website

Q. If I can't meet them on the day, how can I get in contact with them after the event?
A. Please watch for details on the website

Q. Will I be offered a job?
A. There is no guarantee that you will receive a job offer. Before finishing the discussion with the careers advisor, be sure you understand what the arrangements are for any follow-up contact

Q. Can I claim free registration?
A. Free registration is available to all those whose abstracts are accepted; prior registration on-line is required

Q. Can I claim a travel bursary?
A. Travel bursaries are available for all those who are giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster, based on a submitted abstract; some additional travel bursaries may be available and will be awarded in the order of receipt of registrations

Q. I wish to submit an abstract; how do I do this?
A. Click on this link to submit an abstract


Q. As a Careers Advisor, how do I register my interest in the Careers Forum and who can I meet?
A. See the information on the 'Careers Advisors' tab. Then register here.

For any other questions, please contact us at events@jpag.org

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The Almac Group is a family of six business units: Almac Clinical Services, Almac Clinical Technologies, Almac Diagnostics, Almac Discovery, Almac Pharma Services and Almac Sciences. An award winning organisation and employer headquartered in Craigavon we also have additional facilities across the UK, the USA, Singapore and Japan.
Everything we do supports our core vision: to be the leader in the generation of superior solutions for the advancement of human health. We do this through our four core values: outstanding quality, superlative customer focus, exceptional innovation and inspirational people.
Working at Almac is exciting, sometimes challenging but always rewarding. Over a period of sustained global growth spanning in excess of 45 years, the diligence and dedication of our 3700 strong family have made our company the success that it is today - Together we make an invaluable difference to the health of countless patients all over the world... and this is just the beginning.

Almac Sciences is currently looking for Analytical Chemists to join our rapidly expanding Analytical group in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. We have several opportunities in our Analytical Development Group (supporting API method development and validation), Quality Control (analytical testing for release of API materials) and Analytical Services (providing stability and release for clinical materials).
We prefer candidates with experience of working in a GMP pharmaceutical analysis laboratory, and with analytical experience using HPLC and GC. Please stop by our stand for a discussion with one of our company representatives.

Start a career that will help improve life for millions. Take on real responsibility in a supportive, dynamic environment that's fueled by innovation. Work with brilliant minds to solve important problems.
We are an innovation-driven, global, biopharmaceutical company with a vision to save lives through innovative science, collaboration and exceptional service delivery.

There are many career paths and programmes available to you, whatever your level of study, in locations across the globe. Begin channelling your passion with us.

For undergraduates we have a number Summer and Industrial placements available.

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GlaxoSmithKline is a global healthcare company who take on some of the world's biggest healthcare challenges.
By delivering a sustainable business, we provide health benefits to patients and consumers, improved shareholder returns as well as supporting wider society.
GSK employ thousands of scientists in many different areas, from China to the USA, India to the UK. Every role is different – but our research teams are united by one thing: a dedication to help patients and consumers.

There are not many jobs where your day-to-day work could directly lead to an outcome that product that will improve the lives of others. At GSK, that is our aim and it means there's a real sense of purpose in R&D. We innovate and apply the latest knowledge and thinking to our work. Our culture is entrepreneurial.
We're constantly learning about emerging areas of science. We focus on the best science and generate clear plans to find out if that science can lead to new treatments. Our people are given opportunities to learn by taking on new scientific projects, jobs or experiences and working with experts in their fields.
We give our scientists responsibility, and their achievements are recognised and rewarded.
So if you want to make a difference to society and grow your career in the most innovative and exciting area of science, now's the time to join us.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions provide career options to the world’s greatest talent and cover a broad range of skills, including science, engineering, technical and commercial. Our consultants are experts in their subject matter, having come from academia or industry, allowing them to provide the
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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion, and is responsible for ensuring their safety, quality and effectiveness. The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health, and plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health in the UK and in the European Union, and supports innovation through scientific research and development.

The MHRA employs a diverse range of scientific staff, many of whom are recognised international experts in their field of expertise. In the Licensing Division, the multidisciplinary chemical product assessment teams, and the clinical trials unit employs pharmacists, medics and specialists in toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and statistics. These teams also contain assessors and medical writers who hold other scientific qualifications and operate in support roles. The biologicals assessment unit contains biochemists, pharmacists, gene therapy specialists, vaccine specialists, immunologists and other scientists having a biological focus. The British Pharmacopoeia is part of the agency and analytical chemists are employed as members of the Secretariat and also within the analytical laboratories. Scientists are employed in the Inspectorate division (chemists, pharmacists, biologists), in the Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines division (monitoring of the safety of medicines in the market place) and also at NIBSC (National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls) and in the CPRD (Clinical Practice Research Datalink).

A career with the MHRA allows suitable individuals to progress and to move into areas where they can maximise their contribution and fulfil their career aspirations. The agency employs over 1200 staff, primarily in London and so there are often job vacancies. If you would like to discuss career opportunities at the agency then please book an appointment.

Pfizer Ltd is a major, multinational pharmaceutical business, with a full spectrum of commercial, marketing and R&D activities in the UK and Europe. We will be representing the R&D activities, which are predominantly based in Sandwich, Kent, although we have other facilities in central London and Cambridge. Over 700 people work for and with Pfizer at Sandwich; a significant fraction of those are engaged in the development of manufacturing processes, and the analytical chemistry that underpins such activities. We regularly recruit analytical chemists at postgraduate level to join teams developing novel small molecule drug products that can be evaluated in clinical trials. We are interested to talk with scientists with a passion for lab-work, have great skills in chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, who are knowledgeable about data management and data modelling, and enjoy working in fast-paced teams.

Pharmaron is a premier R&D service company supporting the life science industry. Founded in 2003, Pharmaron has invested in its people and facilities having established diverse drug R&D service capabilities, ranging from synthetic, medicinal and analytical chemistry, biology, DMPK, pharmacology, drug safety assessment, radiochemistry and isotopically labelled metabolism, chemical & pharmaceutical development to clinical development, including applications of 14C microtracer AMS technology. With operations in China, US and UK staffed by over 5,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in the delivery of R&D solutions to its partners in North America, Europe, Japan and China.

Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The Hoddesdon site has state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard facilities for the development of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), formulation development and process chemistry.

The Hoddesdon site is currently undergoing a period of major growth and expansion, as a result we are looking for experienced Scientists in Analytical Chemistry. People interested in joining Pharmaron should send their CVs and covering letter to hrinbox@pharmaron-uk.com

The Royal Society of Chemistry, as the UK's professional body for chemical scientists with a worldwide community, provide you with relevant networking opportunities, support you as an individual throughout your career through our services and membership benefits, and support your organisation through our tailored initiatives.

For RSC members, the RSC will personally review your CV; book on one of the RSC-CV slots. Additionally, they will also have an RSC specialist on hand to give advice on becoming an CChem Chartered Chemist: book your slot on RSC-CChem.

RSSL is a global leader at the forefront of scientific analysis, research, consultancy and training. We provide services to the life sciences and food industry. Our multi-disciplinary teams provide rapid results, expert interpretation and sound advice to support clients. We are regularly inspected by the MHRA, FDA and UKAS which ensures that our analytical support is of the highest standard.
We provide a comprehensive range of services from early phase characterisation to finished product testing, including method development & validation, stability studies, contamination identification and training. Our elemental impurities capability utilizes the latest technology to ensure compliance to ICH Q3D and other regulatory guidance.


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I thought the meeting was really excellent with informative presentations. The best meeting I have attended in a long time (May 2017)

As ever, JPAG delivers! (March 2017)

The day as a whole was thought-provoking and exceeded expectations, and has been very informative (March 2017)

Really good symposium with strong presentations and thought-provoking; lots to take away and consider (March 2017)

Well-organised and stimulating (February 2017)

Excellent programme of speakers and relevant topics (October 2016)

The JPAG seminars are very good but this time you have exceeded expectations; the selection of speakers, the presentations and focus on topics have been excellent (October 2016)

Excellent meeting covering a complex topic (QBD) thoroughly (June 2016)

Well organised, laid back in a good way; friendly, as usual (March 2016)

Very enjoyable and thought-provoking day; going away with plenty of notes and specific items for discussion (October 2015)

I have not attended a bad JPAG meeting yet. They are really good value for money and I really love to get the presentations as PDFs (June 2015)

JPAG plans and delivers events that address all aspects of pharmaceutical analysis and related facets of medicine control & registration.


Delegates at a symposium held at the Royal Society of Chemistry

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